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Iran hasn’t earned the right to bear arms

26 September 2020 9:00 am

Hard though it is to remember now, 2020 began with a very different dark cloud on the horizon. For a…

Labour’s identity crisis

19 September 2020 9:00 am

On the face of it, there could scarcely be better conditions for a revival of the Labour party. Even before…

Ministers need to defy the instinct to lockdown

12 September 2020 9:00 am

One of the many ironies of the past few months is that young people, while least affected by the virus,…

How Boris can get Britain back to work

5 September 2020 9:00 am

This week was built up by the Prime Minister to be the moment that would mark the return of economic…

Tanking the tanks could be a big mistake

29 August 2020 9:00 am

That an abundance of tanks is no guarantee of a happy and secure nation was evident from the Soviet Union’s…

Joe Biden should not take victory for granted

22 August 2020 9:00 am

There is a great mystery lying behind the 2020 US presidential election: how come a country of 350 million, which…

Inflated exam grades let the government ignore its own failures

15 August 2020 9:00 am

It was obvious that closing schools would hit the poorest hardest, inflicting permanent damage and deepening inequality. While many private…

Economies run on confidence – the government mustn’t undermine it

8 August 2020 9:00 am

Throughout the past few months the government has appeared to face an unenviable choice between saving lives and saving livelihoods.…

How Boris should pick his peers

1 August 2020 9:00 am

It is no credit to British democracy that we have the second largest legislative chamber in the world. The only…

New fault lines are appearing in the EU

25 July 2020 9:00 am

Anyone who imagined that the departure of Britain would make for more harmonious EU summits in future will have been…

The confusion in government goes beyond face masks

18 July 2020 9:00 am

When Michael Gove delivered the Ditchley Annual Lecture last month he spoke about why citizens feel that the political system…

At last, we have a foreign secretary who’s not shy to make a stand

11 July 2020 9:00 am

It is hardly a profound observation to say that the government has not functioned as well as it might have…

The chilling truth about the Facebook advertising boycott

4 July 2020 9:00 am

The printed press is not a natural ally of Facebook. Silicon Valley publishers have hoovered up so much advertising that…

Britain is reopening. Now it needs rebuilding

27 June 2020 9:00 am

The Prime Minister’s announcement that pubs, restaurants and many other facilities will be able to re-open on 4 July amounts…

Britain must begin its recovery – before more damage is done

20 June 2020 9:00 am

The discovery in Britain that a £5 steroid, dexamethasone, can be effective in treating Covid marks a potential breakthrough in…

It’s time for Boris Johnson to take back control

13 June 2020 9:00 am

There is a grim inevitability to the trickle of round-robin letters from scientists who feel aggrieved at the government’s handling…

American police should not be above the law

6 June 2020 9:00 am

In Minneapolis, where George Floyd was killed, a black entrepreneur had his bar destroyed before he even had a chance…

Has lockdown worked?

30 May 2020 9:00 am

Who occupies the post of chief adviser to the prime minister is not generally an issue of great interest to…

Advisers advise – but it must be ministers who decide

23 May 2020 9:00 am

From the outset of the Covid-19 crisis, the government was determined that scientists would play a central and highly visible…

Reopening schools must be our first priority

16 May 2020 9:00 am

It would be a tragedy if one of the legacies of Covid-19 — a disease which hardly affects children physically…

Track and trace should not be our only exit strategy

9 May 2020 9:00 am

The concept of the state tracking our every movement is anathema to this magazine and, we assume, to its liberal…

The NHS has been protected – care homes have not

2 May 2020 9:00 am

As the NHS was preparing for the Covid onslaught, thousands of hospital patients were discharged to care homes in an…

The case for trusting the public is stronger than ever

25 April 2020 9:00 am

Our Plan is entirely new, comprising – 1. The whole News of the Week: selected, sifted, condensed and arranged as…

Trump has a point – the WHO has failed

18 April 2020 9:00 am

The United States has long regarded itself as better prepared for a pandemic than any other country in the world,…

Difficult decisions about ending lockdown need Boris’s instinct and judgment

11 April 2020 9:00 am

Ending the lockdown will require a leap of faith – one that can really only be made by the PM