The Week

Portrait of the week: Hancock out, Javid in and MoD papers found at a bus stop

3 July 2021 9:00 am

Home A lively game of hunt the issue followed the resignation of Matt Hancock as Secretary of State for Health…

It’s time to repair the damage done to the Covid generation’s education

3 July 2021 9:00 am

Aswitch of personnel at the Department of Health this week has brought a welcome change in the government’s tone. No…

How many people are self-isolating when they’re told to?

3 July 2021 9:00 am

Isolated cases Large numbers of people are still being ordered to self-isolate in spite of having been vaccinated — 137,560…

Tacitus and the hypocrisy of cancel culture

3 July 2021 9:00 am

The delicious hypocrisy at the heart of today’s cancel fraternity is that it is strongly opposed to censorship. Romans grappled…

The true cost of theatre closures

3 July 2021 9:00 am

It turns out that if there’s one thing more expensive than making theatre, it’s not making it. Empty buildings haemorrhage…

Portrait of the week: A bombshell by-election, Scotland bans Mancunians and China staffs its space station

26 June 2021 9:00 am

Home The government contemplated its promised Planning Bill, blamed for contributing to the astonishing victory for the Liberal Democrat Sarah…

How many countries have royal yachts?

26 June 2021 9:00 am

Royal waves Does any other country have a royal yacht? — The Queen of Denmark uses HDMY Dannebrog, a 260ft…

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…

Letters: Covid wouldn’t be the first virus to leak from a lab

26 June 2021 9:00 am

The good doctors Sir: Not all GPs are currently ‘Dr No’ (12 June). I phoned my surgery at 9.30 the…

What the EU could learn from the Athenian Empire

26 June 2021 9:00 am

The EU has regularly been likened to the Roman Empire. But its current direction suggests that the Athenian Empire (478-404…

I’m calling my removal from office ‘the great betrayal’

26 June 2021 9:00 am

I’ve always maintained I go to Fermanagh for sanity, and after the past few months, I need a return to…

Portrait of the week: Freedom off, GB News on and the Queen’s tea with Biden

19 June 2021 9:00 am

Home The lifting of coronavirus restrictions was delayed from 21 June until 19 July, probably. The motive was to avoid…

The real value of the Australia trade deal

19 June 2021 9:00 am

If Britain had been unable to agree a trade deal with Australia, then Brexit really would have been pointless. The…

Letters: The case for an NHS card

19 June 2021 9:00 am

A new prescription Sir: It is maddening to see the British people being refused face-to-face GP appointments and subjected to…

British broadcast news has gone badly wrong

19 June 2021 9:00 am

I’ve worked for some media thoroughbreds — including the Financial Times, ITN and CNN — so I know the sense…

Roman cancel culture didn’t stop at statues

19 June 2021 9:00 am

The mob is at work again in Oxford, protesting against the existence of Oriel’s statue of Cecil Rhodes. But this…

Has Covid turned us into a nation of cyclists?

19 June 2021 9:00 am

On this day Would 19 July make a suitable ‘freedom day’ (assuming Covid restrictions are lifted even then)? There is…

Letters: In defence of the National Trust

12 June 2021 9:00 am

Trust us Sir: I refute Charles Moore’s assertions (‘Broken Trust’, 5 June) that the National Trust frowns on local expertise,…

Why do my American friends keep asking me to marry them?

12 June 2021 9:00 am

My diary has been filled with dental appointments, reflecting a truism that American dentists pray for British teeth. The tally…

Portrait of the week: Pub staff shortages, a baby called Lilibet and a slap in the face for Macron

12 June 2021 9:00 am

Home The government pondered delaying the end of coronavirus restrictions on 21 June. But Chris Hopson, the chief executive of…

It’s time to revisit the Northern Ireland protocol

12 June 2021 9:00 am

Britain has already seen two ‘Brexit days’ — when it formally left the EU on 31 January 2020 and the…

How many Lilibets are there in the world?

12 June 2021 9:00 am

Rare Lili Other than the new royal baby, is there anyone in the world formally called Lilibet? — There are…

What Dominic Cummings could learn from Xenophon

12 June 2021 9:00 am

On the subject of leadership, the Athenian soldier, historian, biographer and essayist Xenophon (c. 430-354 BC) had much to say,…

Letters: The uncivil service

5 June 2021 9:00 am

Uncivil service Sir: The elephant in the room in the handling of the pandemic (‘A tragedy of errors’, 29 May)…

Covid is losing its sting. It’s time to repair our society and our economy

5 June 2021 9:00 am

It seems all but impossible to convince government scientists of the wisdom of proceeding with the final lifting of Covid…