The Lancet, China and the origins of coronavirus

27 July 2021 4:47 pm

Right from its first issue in 1823, the Lancet was more than just an ordinary medical journal. Its founding editor,…

Emmanuel Macron’s dangerous infantilisation of the French

26 July 2021 5:23 am

From St Tropez to La Rochelle to Deauville, there is a familiar sight this summer in many of France’s most…

Party time: the price of freedom

24 July 2021 9:00 am

Party time depends on following the party line

Portrait of the week: Covid in cabinet, pingdemic pandemonium and Ben & Jerry’s boycott

24 July 2021 9:00 am

Home On the eve of the day that most coronavirus restrictions were to be lifted, the Prime Minister and Chancellor…

Sajid Javid: My isolation diary

24 July 2021 9:00 am

You always remember when a prime minister calls you to ask you to take on a new role, and you…

Now what? The government’s Covid optimism is fading fast

24 July 2021 9:00 am

The government’s Covid optimism is fading fast

Could the third wave be running out of steam?

20 July 2021 10:46 pm

Will we get to 100,000 new Covid infections a day, as Sajid Javid has suggested, or even to 200,000 a…

The depressing spectacle of ‘freedom day’

20 July 2021 1:00 am

It was billed as ‘freedom day’. Yet few people, it seems, either want to enjoy their new-found freedom or are…

How ‘freedom day’ became ‘chaos day’

19 July 2021 7:22 pm

Welcome to ‘freedom day’, or more properly ‘chaos day’ – with businesses warning they can’t operate because too many employees…

Macron’s vaccine passports are a betrayal of French values

19 July 2021 5:24 pm

What a celebration of diversity I witnessed in Paris on Saturday as tens of thousands of demonstrators marched through the…

Has Boris got cold feet over ‘freedom day’?

17 July 2021 11:00 am

A very strange ‘freedom day’ greets us on Monday. Legally, almost all restrictions will be lifted. But practically, ministers are…

Portrait of the week: Mixed messages on masks, protests in Cuba and good news for pandas

17 July 2021 9:00 am

Home England expects everyone to wear masks in crowded places, Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, said in a televised address,…

Why Israel is rolling-out third vaccine doses

15 July 2021 6:29 pm

It’s time to think about your third Covid vaccine dose. That might sound like a premature suggestion when many people…

Sajid Javid says restrictions could return after ‘freedom day’

13 July 2021 1:34 am

In another sign of the government’s more cautious approach to the July 19 unlocking, Sajid Javid has just told the…

Are ministers prepared for ‘freedom day’?

12 July 2021 4:31 am

Is the government having a wobble over ‘Freedom Day’ on 19 July? Well, for one thing you won’t hear ministers…

The long list of problems waiting for the Tories after 19 July

10 July 2021 9:00 am

The long-awaited easing of restrictions will not be the triumphant moment that many expected back in May. The Delta variant…

Portrait of the week: Masks to be dropped, John Lewis builds houses and Russia lays claim to champagne

10 July 2021 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, said that if a review of coronavirus restrictions on 12 July allowed, then on…

Boris Johnson must hold his nerve over lifting restrictions

10 July 2021 9:00 am

A charge repeatedly made against Boris Johnson over the past 16 months is that he has ‘ignored scientific advice’. But…

Follow the science – it's time to unlock

8 July 2021 9:10 am

Shortly before Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer were slugging it out in PMQs — debating whether the mass-lifting of restrictions…

What is the purpose of test and trace?

7 July 2021 8:59 am

At yesterday’s press conference, Boris Johnson announced that his government was shelving plans for domestic ‘Covid certificates’ (i.e. vaccine passports),…

Portrait of the week: Hancock out, Javid in and MoD papers found at a bus stop

3 July 2021 9:00 am

Home A lively game of hunt the issue followed the resignation of Matt Hancock as Secretary of State for Health…

My problem with the Euros

3 July 2021 9:00 am

I’m struggling to work up much enthusiasm about England’s progress in the Euros. I know, I know, Tuesday night’s victory…

It’s time to repair the damage done to the Covid generation’s education

3 July 2021 9:00 am

Aswitch of personnel at the Department of Health this week has brought a welcome change in the government’s tone. No…

How many people are self-isolating when they’re told to?

3 July 2021 9:00 am

Isolated cases Large numbers of people are still being ordered to self-isolate in spite of having been vaccinated — 137,560…

Lockdown killed my mother – and thousands like her

3 July 2021 9:00 am

Lockdown killed my mother – and thousands like her