The Week

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…

A sex education from Aristophanes

5 June 2021 9:00 am

The publication of the new Cambridge Greek Lexicon reminded the comedian and classicist Natalie Haynes of her frustrations at school,…

Portrait of the week: Boris Johnson’s wedding, bitcoin blackouts and a £140m tomato ketchup factory

5 June 2021 9:00 am

Home Freelance scientists urged the government not to end coronavirus regulations on 21 June, for fear of a third wave.…

What Donald Trump told me about Theresa May

5 June 2021 9:00 am

Following my abrupt departure from Good Morning Britain after declining to apologise for disbelieving Meghan ‘Princess Pinocchio’ Markle, I’ve been…

Have tennis players always been expected to give interviews?

5 June 2021 9:00 am

Game, set, chat Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka withdrew from the French Open after being fined $15,000 for failing to…

The lesson from Dominic Cummings – avoid groupthink

29 May 2021 9:00 am

It is hard to deny the importance of the issues raised this week by Dominic Cummings. His decision to identify…

How safe are cable cars?

29 May 2021 9:00 am

Marrying in office It was announced Boris Johnson will marry his fiancée, Carrie Symonds, next year. This will be only…

Portrait of the week: Bashir’s reckoning, Dominic Cummings’s evidence and ‘secret’ local lockdowns

29 May 2021 9:00 am

Home The BBC was engulfed in doubts after a report by Lord Dyson blamed Martin Bashir for deceiving the late…

My enduring love for Ewan McGregor

29 May 2021 9:00 am

In the New York Times, the celebrated journalist Maureen Dowd describes Crieff as ‘a sleepy town in Scotland’. Well. There…

Letters: The unfairness of ‘free care for all’

29 May 2021 9:00 am

Taking care Sir: I agree completely with Leo McKinstry that care for parents should be paid out of their estate…

A Roman solution to Prince Charles’s ‘Harry problem’

29 May 2021 9:00 am

Charles, Prince of Wales, is having a little trouble with his son Harry. Romans knew about difficult offspring. They told…

Is hugging healthy?

22 May 2021 9:00 am

Call to arms Is hugging important to health? A study by Carnegie Mellon University and published in the journal Psychological…

Letters: The beauty of brick

22 May 2021 9:00 am

The Union in peril Sir: Fraser Nelson (‘The great pretender’, 15 May) writes that it has never been easier to…

Animal sentience law has finally caught up with Plutarch’s thinking

22 May 2021 9:00 am

Almost no ancients cared whether animals felt pain or not. The classical Stoic belief that man’s reasoning capacity elevated him…

At the V&A, we’ve done some Marie Kondo-style reordering

22 May 2021 9:00 am

‘We humour them when they suggest absurd reforms, we placate them with small material comforts, but we heave sighs of…

Why Britain must unlock on 21 June

22 May 2021 9:00 am

The scare over the Indian variant of coronavirus this week is a taste of what to expect over the next…

Portrait of the week: Indian variant goes up, Santander goes down and pubs reopen

22 May 2021 9:00 am

Home The government made noises about having to delay the lifting of coronavirus restrictions on 21 June in some parts…