covid

Are Meghan's Covid claims correct?

11 May 2021 1:11 am

When you are on the side of global enlightenment, the standards of proof required for your assertions tend to be…

Merkel is right to reject Biden's vaccine patent plan

7 May 2021 10:04 pm

She handed the vaccine procurement process over to the European Union. She didn’t invest much in new production. And she…

The 'Covid deaths' which are not caused by Covid

6 May 2021 2:46 am

Registered Covid deaths fell to just one on Monday, leading many to comment that the epidemic in Britain is effectively…

‘I’ve seen the bare bones of London’: street painter Peter Brown interviewed

1 May 2021 9:00 am

‘I’ve been seeing the bare bones of London,’ explains the landscape artist Peter Brown, who is known affectionately as ‘Pete…

Despotic laws can — even should — be ignored, says Jonathan Sumption

1 May 2021 9:00 am

Jonathan Sumption has developed ‘many strange habits over the years’, he tells us disarmingly, and one of these is to…

Our doctor’s surgery is beginning to look like a Category A penitentiary

17 April 2021 9:00 am

When the time came for the nurse to ring me to take my blood pressure, the phone simply didn’t ring.…

How much of a threat is the South African variant?

15 April 2021 10:28 pm

For residents of six London boroughs, as well as those in Smethwick in the West Midlands, the partial relaxation of…

The UK’s vaccine roll-out has ended the Brexit debate

12 April 2021 11:21 pm

The country would remain implacably divided for a generation, with Remain and Leave replacing class and geography as the new…

Can Spain's Europhilism last?

11 April 2021 4:00 pm

‘Suppose a man be carried, whilst fast asleep, into a room where there is a person he longs to see…

Why I’m worried about the teenage cancer generation

11 April 2021 4:00 pm

As I sit here writing this, it’s just over one year ago since the first lockdown was imposed, without which…

My best Duke of Edinburgh salute for my oncologist

10 April 2021 9:00 am

In the waiting room I thought about the Duke of Edinburgh. In particular, I pictured him saluting the cenotaph on…

The economic cost of the EU’s vaccine catastrophe

9 April 2021 10:33 pm

It didn’t order enough vaccines, spent too little money, dithered over authorisation and then lashed out at the companies making…

The creeping authoritarianism of the Covid-19 restrictions

7 April 2021 4:00 pm

How can a country abide a government that consistently says one thing and then does the exact opposite? Whether it’s…

Could the Sputnik vaccine end Russia’s rift with the West?

2 April 2021 5:00 pm

Accounts differ. But it would appear that during a wide-ranging conference call earlier this week, the leaders of France and…

Macron's latest lockdown fiasco

1 April 2021 6:58 am

On New Year’s Eve, Emmanuel Macron promised France an economic revival by the Spring. Cancel that. Instead, as the intensive…

How the Sputnik vaccine brought down Slovakia’s Prime Minister

31 March 2021 1:26 am

March was a dark month for Slovakia. Covid cases and deaths in the country were among the highest in Europe,…

Boris Johnson's vaccine problem

30 March 2021 4:51 am

On the day that people are finally allowed to gather in groups of six outside, tennis games get underway and wild…

Boris tries to avoid a vaccine war

24 March 2021 5:31 am

After France’s Europe Minister became the latest politician to threaten a vaccine export ban on the UK, Boris Johnson used today’s…

Vaccines should mean more freedom – not less

24 March 2021 1:43 am

Do vaccines lead to freedom – or to more lockdown rules? That very question would have seemed bizarre a few…

Why are Covid conspiracies so appealing?

23 March 2021 6:30 pm

The recent decision by a several European countries to suspend the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine will have thrown petrol…

Let's call time on Britain's gerontocracy

20 March 2021 6:00 pm

The boomers are eating their grandchildren. They don’t see it this way, of course, but they are doing it nonetheless.…

How real is the performing arts exodus?

20 March 2021 9:00 am

Richard Bratby on the post-Covid exodus of talent from the performing arts

Don't blame the EU for the latest Covid vaccine clash

17 March 2021 12:59 am

Far from subsiding, as it seemed to be doing last week, the European war over the AstraZeneca vaccine has intensified.…

After Covid, get ready for the Great Acceleration

13 March 2021 7:00 pm

Before the pandemic struck, there was talk of a ‘Great Stagnation’ – the idea that the world economy was doomed…

Corruption affects everything in Palestine – even vaccines

9 March 2021 9:58 pm

Visit certain parts of the West Bank and you’ll encounter mansions owned by senior officials in the Palestinian Authority (PA).…