lockdown

What we can learn from Sweden

8 August 2020 9:00 am

It is a particular pleasure to be returning to the columns of The Spectator, more than half a century after…

Economies run on confidence – the government mustn’t undermine it

8 August 2020 9:00 am

Throughout the past few months the government has appeared to face an unenviable choice between saving lives and saving livelihoods.…

Never has a virus been so oversold

8 August 2020 9:00 am

There’s nothing unprecedented about Covid-19 itself. The equally novel, equally infectious Asian flu of 1957 had commensurate fatalities in Britain:…

Is our test-and-trace system ready to stop a second spike?

8 August 2020 9:00 am

Is our test-and-trace system ready?

If the office is ‘too dangerous’, why is everyone jetting off on holiday?

8 August 2020 9:00 am

The whole of Surrey and south-west London seem to have gone abroad on holiday so I’ve got my sanity back.…

Why should anyone be forced to shield?

8 August 2020 9:00 am

The best way (and with politicians sometimes the only way) to know whether people are aware they’ve made a mistake…

London in limbo: can the capital survive this crisis?

8 August 2020 9:00 am

The capital is the motor of Britain’s economy. It needs to get moving again

Has Sweden been vindicated?

6 August 2020 2:56 am

Sweden has released growth figures for the second quarter – a contraction of 8.6 per cent – and two narratives…

Can Boris avoid a winter lockdown?

1 August 2020 9:00 am

As the government struggled on Saturday with the question of whether to impose a quarantine on those returning from Spain,…

You can’t sing in church but you can get a tattoo

1 August 2020 9:00 am

From my seat in the greasy spoon café I looked out on a typical English row of shops on a…

Boomer and bust: Covid is fast-forwarding us into retirement

1 August 2020 9:00 am

Covid-19 is fast-forwarding us into retirement

The brilliance of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ slogan

1 August 2020 9:00 am

Four years ago, I bought a ranch in Wyoming. Not that I was tired of New York, but I’m fascinated…

My plans for a Covid inquiry

25 July 2020 9:00 am

The public inquiry into the government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis has already started. Not the official one, which won’t…

James Graham's small new drama is exquisite: BBC Four's Unprecedented reviewed

18 July 2020 9:00 am

Let’s face it. Theatre via the internet is barely theatre. It takes a huge amount of creativity and inventiveness to…

Returning to what makes us happy: Brasserie Zedel reviewed

18 July 2020 9:00 am

Brasserie Zédel is a grand salon under Piccadilly Circus and the only place I desired when lockdown (or lock-in) ceased…

The politics of hair dye

18 July 2020 9:00 am

‘What are you going to put on my head to protect me?’ said the man outside the barber’s shop to…

Dear Mary: How can I help the host at a socially-distant dinner party?

18 July 2020 9:00 am

Q. As we attend socially distant events, we expect of our hosts a scrupulous accommodation of our preferences around physical…

Will Zooming replace real-life socialising?

11 July 2020 9:00 am

‘Are you seriously telling me you would rather meet up on Zoom than in reality?’ I asked a friend as…

SOS: Save our singers

11 July 2020 9:00 am

‘Musician’ is how I described myself to the nice Latvian lady interviewing me the other week for an ONS survey…

How strong was the scientific advice behind lockdown?

11 July 2020 9:00 am

How strong was the scientific advice behind the lockdown?

The pandemic’s invisible victims

4 July 2020 9:00 am

I sometimes pick up some food at Tesco for an 86-year-old pensioner who lives a few streets over. At the…

How did the UK’s pandemic preparations go so wrong?

4 July 2020 9:00 am

How was Britain so ill-prepared for a pandemic?

The bluff and bluster of Boris’s bland boy Brexiteers

4 July 2020 9:00 am

From the balcony where I take my daily exercise there is a view of the commercial centre of London that…

If Boris wants to channel Roosevelt, he should end lockdown

4 July 2020 9:00 am

If Boris wants to channel Roosevelt, he should end lockdown

Leicester has a history of lockdowns

4 July 2020 9:00 am

Leicester lockdowns Leicester was forced to impose the first local lockdown, in response to a reported surge in cases of…