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

The 2020s will be boring, not roaring

24 July 2021 9:00 am

Earlier this year, I noted the suggestion (made by an American academic and run with by a swathe of the…

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…

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 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…

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…

How the ancients kept people behaving responsibly

17 July 2021 9:00 am

The Prime Minister is urging citizens not to throw caution to the winds when lockdown ends on 19 July but…

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…

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…

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…

Why I’ve gone off country sports

10 July 2021 9:00 am

‘Oh, I do so love to see all the lovely pheasants running around the place,’ said the lady walking the…

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…

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…

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…

Lockdown killed my mother – and thousands like her

3 July 2021 9:00 am

Lockdown killed my mother – and thousands like her

It’s the end of lockdown – and the village has gone wild

3 July 2021 9:00 am

The village square is a long and pedestrianised oblong shaded along its length by massive pollarded plane trees. It’s known…

The art of Dolly Parton’s bra

26 June 2021 9:00 am

New York I hope this is my last week in the Bagel. I plan to fly first to Switzerland and…

The virus threat has changed. Now Test and Trace must too

26 June 2021 9:00 am

Under what circumstances can a government restrict the liberty of the people? An example was given last year: in a…

The new Covid divide: one rule for the elite, another for the rest of us

26 June 2021 9:00 am

Politicians made the rules – so they know how to bend them

The promoter the critics love to hate: an interview with Raymond Gubbay

19 June 2021 9:00 am

Richard Bratby talks to one of Britain’s most successful impresarios about his promoter’s nose, Arts Council spinelessness and ENO madness