lockdown

Boris Johnson’s guilt

28 May 2022 9:00 am

An ability to survive narrow scrapes has been one of Boris Johnson’s defining qualities. The pictures of Downing Street’s lockdown…

The truth about Britain’s Covid deaths

14 May 2022 9:00 am

There has been a considerable hoo-hah in the press about the recent World Health Organisation report estimating Covid-related deaths internationally…

Male friendship is in crisis

9 April 2022 9:00 am

The decline of male friendship

Boris Johnson and the partygate hangover

2 April 2022 9:00 am

Afew weeks ago it seemed that the issue of Downing Street parties over lockdown had been usurped by a more…

China may be facing its greatest Covid crisis yet

26 March 2022 9:00 am

China appears not to have defeated Covid after all

Covid is rising again. Should we worry?

11 March 2022 11:50 pm

For some time now, Covid has been rising in Scotland – there are now more Scots in hospital with Covid…

Abolishing Covid restrictions now is bold, brave – and necessary

26 February 2022 9:00 am

Shortly after Covid emerged, our civil liberties were suspended. The government took control of when and for how long we…

Two years on, what's the evidence for lockdown?

3 February 2022 6:00 pm

Did lockdowns save lives? We will never have a definitive answer to this vital question because it was impossible to…

The real problem with the BBC’s partygate coverage

23 January 2022 6:00 pm

As a journalist, it’s never a comfortable feeling when the news organisation you work for becomes the story. But with…

We must never abandon children during lockdown again

23 January 2022 1:09 am

Schools are far more than mere exam factories. Across the UK, teachers in 32,000 schools and colleges care for children…

The Netherlands is growing tired of lockdown restrictions

16 January 2022 12:58 am

On Wednesday at De Kleine Komedie, the oldest theatre in Amsterdam, the sound of comics on stage will be interspersed…

Now Boris must make another admission: lockdown was a mistake

15 January 2022 9:00 am

On 20 May 2020, the Metropolitan Police issued a statement on social media which summed up the conditions in the…

Favourite books revisited: Rob Doyle’s edgy reading list

15 January 2022 9:00 am

‘Male writers now are the opposition party, and that may not be such a bad thing for them.’ So Rob…

Boris Johnson is running out of road

12 January 2022 5:05 am

There has been no good news for Boris Johnson today. After an email leaked on Monday evening showing that the Prime…

How long until we tire of Boris?

11 January 2022 10:50 pm

The brilliant but troubled footballer Mario Balotelli once scored a goal in a Manchester derby match and then lifted up…

Sage memo makes the case for lockdown

23 December 2021 4:55 am

On Monday, Covid restrictions were rejected after the cabinet debated the issue robustly for the first time since the pandemic…

It’s time to end the era of forced lockdown restrictions

22 December 2021 12:47 am

Monday’s Cabinet meeting held over Zoom was a fraught affair by the sounds of it. Michael Gove and Sajid Javid…

Is Omicron now falling in South Africa?

21 December 2021 4:09 am

Man makes Covid predictionsand God laughs. Yet with the stakes this high in Britain, every bit of real-world data is…

Five lockdown questions the cabinet must ask

21 December 2021 12:15 am

The cabinet will meet this afternoon, with more restrictions and even a new lockdown on the agenda. But have ministers…

Our growing unwillingness to understand the past

18 December 2021 9:00 am

I was recently reading the works of the 17th-century antiquary John Aubrey, who at one point mentions a ghost craze…

It’s not up to Boris to save Christmas – it’s up to us

18 December 2021 9:00 am

How well-behaved have you been in the second year of Covid? I wouldn’t say I’ve been perfect but I haven’t…

Lockdown, protests, parties and Matt Hancock’s kiss

18 December 2021 9:00 am

January The United Kingdom found itself in possession of a trade agreement with the EU. Coronavirus restrictions were tightened. The…

Lost in the fog: The Fell, by Sarah Moss, reviewed

11 December 2021 9:00 am

Novelists are leery about letting the buzzwords of recent history into their books. The immediate past threatens to upstage the…

Lockdown creations: the best of the year’s cookery books reviewed

27 November 2021 9:00 am

‘I may, one day, stop making notes and writing down recipes,’ Nigel Slater says in A Cook’s Book (Fourth Estate,…