The Week

Letters: In defence of organic food

31 July 2021 9:00 am

A note about manure Sir: I am afraid Matt Ridley shows a lack of understanding about agriculture in general and…

My brush with a royal literary crisis

31 July 2021 9:00 am

The past week has seen another media splash about the self-exiled Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Following the recent ruckus…

Portrait of the week: Channel crossings, chain-gangs for criminals and Tesco Bank shuts up shop

31 July 2021 9:00 am

Home The daily number of coronavirus cases detected by tests fell from 54,674 on 17 July to 23,511 by 27…

The Greeks had their reservations about the Olympics

31 July 2021 9:00 am

Winners at the Olympics were thought to have come as close to a god as any man could. But that…

Why a return to a free and open world is vital

31 July 2021 9:00 am

There is something bizarre about a sporting event designed to bring people and nations together but from which spectators have…

Is rain getting heavier?

31 July 2021 9:00 am

Reinventing the wheels Skateboarding made its debut at the Olympics. Who invented the skateboard? — There are many reports of…

Portrait of the week: Covid in cabinet, pingdemic pandemonium and Ben & Jerry’s boycott

24 July 2021 9:00 am

Home On the eve of the day that most coronavirus restrictions were to be lifted, the Prime Minister and Chancellor…

Letters: The clock is ticking in Afghanistan

24 July 2021 9:00 am

Out of Afghanistan Sir: Boyd Tonkin’s review of Anna Aslanyan’s Dancing on Ropes highlights the post-war abandonment of local Afghan…

What’s changed since the last Tokyo Olympics?

24 July 2021 9:00 am

Waiting Games What did Japan, and the world, look like the last time Tokyo held the Olympics in 1964? —…

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…

Boris is in danger of becoming the Prime Minister he once warned against

24 July 2021 9:00 am

Back when Boris Johnson was on a mission to stop identity cards being used in Britain, he made a very…

The ancient Greeks had no time for losers

24 July 2021 9:00 am

Every red-blooded Englishman has believed that exercise in the open air is the finest prophylactic against popery, adultery and the…

The unsettling sensation of a full diary

17 July 2021 9:00 am

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee pageant was officially launched last week, with a splashy press call in the Raphael Court of…

Portrait of the week: Mixed messages on masks, protests in Cuba and good news for pandas

17 July 2021 9:00 am

Home England expects everyone to wear masks in crowded places, Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, said in a televised address,…

Letters: How to save Cambridge’s reputation

17 July 2021 9:00 am

Save the parish Sir: The Revd Marcus Walker eloquently describes the crisis that has taken hold in the Church of…

How much does a holiday in space cost you?

17 July 2021 9:00 am

Space cadets Richard Branson joined a test flight on his Virgin Galactic craft to the edge of space, to promote…

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…

Yes, they're deplorable – but those football tweets don't prove Britain is racist

17 July 2021 9:00 am

There are two certainties whenever England’s football team plays; one that is long-established and the other a recent phenomenon. Players…

Letters: Let the housing market collapse

10 July 2021 9:00 am

Treading the boards Sir: As a teacher, I was sorry Lloyd Evans did not include school productions in his excellent…

Portrait of the week: Masks to be dropped, John Lewis builds houses and Russia lays claim to champagne

10 July 2021 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, said that if a review of coronavirus restrictions on 12 July allowed, then on…

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…

Who was the first to wear a face mask?

10 July 2021 9:00 am

Mask crusader Who first wore a medical face mask? — The beaked outfits worn by plague doctors aside, the first…

A quiet revolution for our times may have begun

10 July 2021 9:00 am

I’ve been amazed by the response to my decision to leave my band, Mumford & Sons. The article in which…

What the Romans would have made of Diana’s statue

10 July 2021 9:00 am

The recently unveiled funerary monument of Princess Diana prompts comparison with Greek and Roman archetypes. To many, Diana was a…

Letters: We can’t build our way out of the housing crisis

3 July 2021 9:00 am

Excess demand Sir: Liam Halligan (‘The house mafia’, 26 June) treats us to an exposé of the shoddy products of…