covid-19

When will Boris get serious about balancing the budget?

22 July 2021 8:44 am

Should we be pleased that net government borrowing for June came in below expectations, at £22.8 billion – £5.5 billion…

Can Boris and his ministers agree on the point of the Covid app?

21 July 2021 7:51 am

What is the point of the Covid-19 app? Ministers seem to be as in the dark about the answer to…

Is Boris brave enough to confront the truth about the NHS?

20 July 2021 10:30 pm

If a government does not wish to break a manifesto promise it should punt fewer such ‘promises’ into its manifesto.…

Boris Johnson's sombre 'freedom day' press conference

20 July 2021 7:14 am

On the day that nearly all legal Covid restrictions go, one could be forgiven for presuming ministers would be in the…

The art of selling vaccines

18 July 2021 7:30 pm

I was bemused when I first saw the photograph of spaced-out chairs and vaccination booths in the Turbine Hall of 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…

Whitty's lockdown warning will trouble Boris

16 July 2021 8:04 pm

In a Science Museum webinar yesterday, Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer, warned about the increasing number of people in…

Macron's Covid crackdown is a risky bet

13 July 2021 5:28 pm

Will the French accept compulsory vaccination against Covid? Health passports to get on a plane or train? Children of 12…

Johnson urges caution ahead of final easing

13 July 2021 7:25 am

How different will life be after 19 July? Not very, if the Prime Minister’s press conference this evening was anything…

North Korea's cryptic crisis

11 July 2021 1:30 am

For years, the West has tried to cajole the North Korean regime using sanctions, much to the frustration of Kim…

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),…

Labour's unlocking problem

7 July 2021 1:20 am

Labour is unhappy with the government’s plan for unlocking, with leader Sir Keir Starmer calling it ‘reckless’. In the Commons…

Boris's 'freedom day' spells misery for many

6 July 2021 10:36 pm

The projection from Sajid Javid that Covid-19 infections could surge to a record 100,000 per day in a few weeks,…

The economic case for ditching mask mandates

6 July 2021 8:04 pm

After many months of hardship and sacrifice, freedom is finally within grasp. Boris Johnson has reclaimed his buccaneering, libertarian spirit…

Boris Johnson's plan for 'freedom day'

6 July 2021 5:12 pm

Four weeks later than planned, ministers are preparing to lift nearly all Covid restrictions from 19 July. This afternoon, Boris…

How WhatsApp mums saved Kenya’s castaway children

3 July 2021 9:00 am

Kenya In March, Global Britain signed a new, post-Brexit trade deal with Kenya. This was a welcome agreement for my…

How crises shape government

28 June 2021 9:14 pm

Crises often exhaust the capacity of governments to renew themselves. All consuming problems do not allow prime ministers to have…

Hancock has made a mockery of his own rules

26 June 2021 8:37 am

How much trouble is Matt Hancock in? The Sun splashes this morning on the Health Secretary’s affair with aide Gina…

The hypocrisy of Matt Hancock

25 June 2021 7:28 pm

Matt Hancock has not, we can agree, made it his business to lighten the public mood during the pandemic. That…

What can Britain learn from Israel on ending lockdown?

23 June 2021 8:29 pm

Israel has been the world’s whole-country experiment to establish how, and how fast, Covid vaccination can return life to normal…

Prepare for the EU’s ‘Hamilton moment’

22 June 2021 3:00 pm

The EU may boast a common currency like any other state (even if nearly a third of its 27 members…

What's the real reason Israel's vaccines were rejected by Palestinians?

22 June 2021 6:53 am

Sipping an iced coffee in a Tel Aviv café this week, it felt like it was 2018 again. Nobody wears a…

How Russia lurched from vaccine victory to Covid crisis

21 June 2021 5:27 pm

Russia made headlines last August when it triumphantly unveiled its pioneering coronavirus vaccine, Sputnik V. But now, nearly a year…

Ministers need to start bracing Britain for the third wave

21 June 2021 1:00 am

The third wave of Covid-19 is well underway, driven by the now-dominant Indian variant. It may now be no more deadly than a typical…