pandemic

Why Covid means the big state is back

15 October 2021 9:31 am

History suggests that when the state expands in a crisis, it doesn’t go back to its pre-crisis level once the…

China and the WHO are given an easy ride in the Covid blame game

25 September 2021 9:00 am

Are you ready to relive 2020? That’s what Adam Tooze is offering as he tells the story of Covid-19 through…

Javid avoids Tory Covid powers fightback – for now

15 September 2021 7:34 am

Tory MPs were not happy when Sajid Javid unveiled the Covid winter plan in the Commons this afternoon. They’re dissatisfied…

Why isn't the vaccine UK approved for 12- to 15-year-olds?

4 September 2021 10:20 am

This afternoon, the JCVI has essentially passed the buck on vaccinating 12- to 15-year-olds. It has declared that the health benefits…

A volte face over what caused the pandemic needs explaining

31 July 2021 9:00 am

Sir Jeremy Farrar, the head of the Wellcome Trust, writes that ‘the last year has been an eye-opener for me.…

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…

What happens next? Gauging the fallout from the pandemic

5 June 2021 9:00 am

What just happened? Some 15 months after the pandemic first struck, it’s still horribly unclear, which is perhaps why there…

The myth of American freedom

6 February 2021 9:00 am

Gstaad Imagine a beautiful, sexy woman, an Ava Gardner or a Lily James, with a wart on the end of…

The joy of my new British passport

30 January 2021 9:00 am

‘Anything you want?’ says Catriona on her way out of the house to go to the shop. I’m standing at…

civilization costs debate

The big debate: is lockdown wrong?

26 May 2020 6:52 pm

Is lockdown a gargantuan mistake? That’s the view of a growing number of thinkers and critics, including The Spectator’s very…

Could this pandemic be the death of veganism?

11 April 2020 9:00 am

‘Do you want some of the private stuff from out the back?’ said the butcher to the builder boyfriend, leaning…

Our exile in NW1

11 April 2020 9:00 am

Laikipia The sweetest sound to me now is the dawn chorus of birdsong at home on the farm. I lay…

Had the entire village population been wiped out since last week?

4 April 2020 9:00 am

With my signed and dated laissez-passer in my pocket, I trotted down to the village to see if I could…

Nature fights back with tooth and claw as we persist in destroying it

28 March 2020 9:00 am

Where to turn in anxious and febrile times? One answer is to nature, or the ‘non-human living world’, which, despite…

Africa’s invisible epidemics

14 March 2020 9:00 am

Africa   ‘Ah, Africa,’ the French scientist sighed contentedly. This was 1995 and all around us was an Ebola epidemic…

How close is humanity to destroying itself?

7 March 2020 9:00 am

Humanity has come startlingly close to destroying itself in the 75 or so years in which it has had the…

Portrait of the week: Britain rules on coronavirus, HS2 is approved and Bernie Sanders powers ahead

15 February 2020 9:00 am

Home The Department of Health classified the novel coronavirus (named by the World Health Organization Covid-19) as a ‘serious and imminent…

The government’s plans for a pandemic are both reassuring and alarming

15 February 2020 9:00 am

How prepared is the UK for a pandemic?

The horror of Heathrow

1 February 2020 9:00 am

There are no stairs or escalators to take you up to Terminal 4 from the underground Heathrow Express platform. Beyond…

Warehouses were converted in 1918 to keep patients suffering from the flu pandemic in quarantine. Credit: Getty Images

One hundred years on, could we cope with a new flu pandemic?

26 January 2019 9:00 am

Do you remember the swine flu panic a decade ago? Jeremy Brown, the author of this book, describes it here.…