covid-19

Who’d want the job of vaccinating the nation?

24 October 2020 9:00 am

Is that a light at the end of the tunnel — or a second lockdown thundering unstoppably towards us? News…

I removed my mask and all hell broke loose

24 October 2020 9:00 am

The girl in the posh soap shop put her right arm out, palm flat in my face, and shouted: ‘Stand…

Dear Mary: Can I still socialise with my virus-denying friends?

24 October 2020 9:00 am

Q. An old friend offered to treat me to a birthday lunch, provided I choose and book the restaurant myself.…

Covid has become the go-to excuse for shoddy service

24 October 2020 9:00 am

Covid has become a get-out clause for shoddy service

Trust is fraying – a circuit break would save it

18 October 2020 5:01 pm

Nearly a month ago I called for an urgent 24-day full national lockdown, arguing that the restrictions were unlikely to make a significant…

From half a shelf to a library: my life in books

17 October 2020 9:00 am

‘Yes, I will have a coffee,’ said the van driver. He’d driven down to the south of France from Devon.…

Portrait of the week: new alerts, birthday honours and fires on Kilimanjaro

17 October 2020 9:00 am

Home ‘The weeks and months ahead will continue to be difficult and will test the mettle of this country,’ Boris…

It is time to fight for the future of racing

17 October 2020 9:00 am

Fortunately for me and the politicians we entertained over my years covering the darkest profession, Mrs Oakley didn’t do a…

Get yourself to Sweden – while you still can

17 October 2020 9:00 am

An idea gains ground that we shouldn’t go abroad any more: that the very act of travelling without urgent reason…

Angry Burnham takes on No. 10

16 October 2020 6:42 am

Keir Starmer has made life difficult for Boris Johnson this week with his demand for a circuit-breaker lockdown. But the…

Covid second wave sparks European parliament bust-up

16 October 2020 1:50 am

The Covid second wave is hitting Europe, so the European parliament has decided not to up sticks from Brussels and decamp…

How new Covid restrictions are stalling the economy

15 October 2020 12:03 am

The theory behind a V-shaped recovery relied on the assumption that the economy would open up almost as quickly as…

The lunacy of customer service in the time of Covid

10 October 2020 9:00 am

‘Please be aware there is now a Covid surcharge,’ I told the builder boyfriend one morning, as we discussed the…

Sunak warns of hardship

6 October 2020 12:05 am

When Rishi Sunak was appointed Chancellor in February, he must never have imagined that his first address to the Conservative…

Rishi Sunak prepares UK economy for 'permanent adjustment'

24 September 2020 10:50 pm

The UK economy is no longer hibernating; it is ‘adjusting’. Today’s measures announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak are designed to…

Have big cities had their day?

19 September 2020 9:00 am

About 15 years ago I noticed a few surviving chattel houses in Barbados and wondered what they were. As it…

The WFH community are finally walking their own dogs — with terrible consequences

19 September 2020 9:00 am

Every time I get on a horse I have to face the likelihood that a dog, or pack of dogs,…

I admit it: I was wrong to back Boris

19 September 2020 9:00 am

A friend emailed me earlier this week in despair about the Prime Minister. ‘Boris reminds me of a hereditary king…

Was the maskless man in my carriage dying of Covid?

12 September 2020 9:00 am

A man without a mask appeared to be dying of Covid, or something quite like it, on the London to…

Dear Mary: How can I get my social skills back after lockdown?

12 September 2020 9:00 am

Q. I have just been out to my first lunch in months. Ten of us sat around a table in…

The Archers is a masterclass in how not to write a monologue

12 September 2020 9:00 am

If you’ve been listening to The Archers lately, you’ll know how tedious monologues can be. The BBC has received so…

From Covid to football, the rise in ‘upticks’

12 September 2020 9:00 am

Political commentators love talking about the optics — the way something looks to voters. Just at the moment, though, everyone…

The vaccine goalposts have shifted

8 September 2020 3:42 am

British Health Secretary Matt Hancock provided a vaccine update this morning London time, reporting that the chances of the Oxford…

How to seduce a Border Force officer

29 August 2020 9:00 am

There was only a handful of us arriving at Bristol on flight 6114 from Nice. Oscar and I had the…

What a relief it is to be back among level-headed Kenyans

29 August 2020 9:00 am

Kenya I stood under huge skies in the open country of our farm in northern Kenya and, after months of…