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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

One thing is missing from the government’s coronavirus response: an endgame

4 April 2020 9:00 am

The failures of Britain’s pandemic planning have been brutally exposed in the past few weeks. The scandalous lack of protective…

The government must be as ready to remove restrictions as it was to impose them

28 March 2020 9:00 am

For days, the Prime Minister had been resisting the kind of measures which have placed many other countries into lockdown,…

The cure to this crisis can be found in our communities

21 March 2020 9:00 am

For the Chancellor to produce an emergency bailout package just six days after delivering his Budget is an extraordinary state…

Is Boris about to abandon his own debt rules?

14 March 2020 9:00 am

It’s always tempting for governments to respond to economic trouble with a debt-fuelled spending splurge, but it’s a notoriously blunt…

The Tories cannot afford a war with the civil service

7 March 2020 9:00 am

Thirteen years ago, when John Reid became Home Secretary, he declared the ministry he presided over ‘not fit for purpose’.…

The ‘Westminster paedophile ring’ is a lesson in how not to carry out a police investigation

29 February 2020 9:00 am

A cornerstone of any -functioning democracy is the separation of police and the courts on one hand, and government and…

Britain is booming – despite Brexit

21 February 2020 10:00 pm

After the vote for Brexit, it was often said that our departure from the EU was most likely to harm…

Borrow-and-spend Boris risks repeating Gordon Brown’s mistakes

15 February 2020 9:00 am

The nature of the Johnson government is still not clear, but has become more so with the announcement this week…

Boris must have the courage to spell out the true cost of ‘net zero’

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

After being sacked as the chairman of the COP26, the UN climate conference which is to take place in Glasgow…

Britain is taking on a new role – as the European Union’s strongest ally

1 February 2020 9:00 am

The moment of Britain’s departure from the EU was always likely to be an anticlimax, both for those who expect…

Britain’s misguided approach to asylum is threatening lives

24 January 2020 10:00 pm

The news this week could easily have led with the deaths of 14 Afghan and Iraqi migrants in the English…