coronavirus

Watch: No. 10 staff joking about Downing Street Christmas party

8 December 2021 5:38 am

Downing Street have spent the week trying to play down reports of a secret No. 10 party last Christmas when the rest of…

Omicron: cause for hope?

7 December 2021 1:31 am

It will be weeks before we know just how worried we should be about Omicron — but the first indications seem…

Unless Omicron changes everything, Covid is on the way out

2 December 2021 4:00 am

There are good reasons to be concerned about the Omicron variant. For starters, this strain has 50 mutations, twice as…

Boris's booster bet

1 December 2021 4:06 am

Boris Johnson is relying heavily on the booster programme to protect Britain from any additional threat posed by the Omicron…

The economic impact of the latest Covid restrictions

30 November 2021 10:00 pm

We don’t yet know whether the Omicron variant will drastically accelerate the spread of coronavirus, or whether it will circumvent…

The tyranny of Boris Johnson’s mask mandate

28 November 2021 10:25 am

Today the government has said that for the next three weeks it will be mandatory to wear masks in shops…

Scotland's 70-page dossier finds no evidence for vaccine passports

21 November 2021 9:38 am

Nicola Sturgeon wants to extend vaccine passports in Scotland, and today her government released a 70-page document purporting to show…

The vaccine cheer is gone

19 November 2021 6:55 am

I am 45, which means I’ve now had my third Covid vaccine. The experience of getting that injection crystallises a…

Eighteen months of inflation is not 'transitory'

13 November 2021 11:25 am

The big central banks have been insisting for months now that the rise in inflation is temporary, and will fade…

Portrait of the week: Queen stays home, Boris rubbishes recycling and pay freeze thaws

30 October 2021 9:00 am

Home The Queen will not attend the COP26 meeting in Glasgow next week; she had resumed light duties after having…

Why lockdown sceptics like me lost the argument

30 October 2021 9:00 am

I’m optimistic that the government won’t implement ‘Plan B’, let alone impose another lockdown — but not because sceptics like…

Why did we decide that Covid was over?

25 October 2021 12:45 pm

Look, I don’t know much epidemiology. Can’t pretend to. So what follows is, necessarily, a personal finger to the wind.…

No. 10 moves to kickstart the booster campaign

23 October 2021 10:12 am

In a move that as important as any in the recent Cabinet reshuffle, Emily Lawson is returning to run the…

Wuhan clan: the price I paid for my lab leak exposé

23 October 2021 9:00 am

The price I paid for my lab leak exposé

What are the Queen’s favourite tipples?

23 October 2021 9:00 am

Drinks at the palace The Queen was reported to have given up regular drinking. What do we know about her…

Portrait of the week

23 October 2021 9:00 am

Home Sir David Amess, aged 69, the Conservative MP for Southend West, was stabbed to death while taking a constituency…

Colin Powell: A great man – and a failure

19 October 2021 8:18 am

My memory of Colin Powell feels personal, even though we were 6000 miles apart at the time. I was in…

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…

The real reason Britain failed on coronavirus

12 October 2021 9:29 pm

The joint health and science super-committee’s report into ‘lessons learned’ on the UK’s coronavirus response may not want to ‘point fingers…

‘I’m entitled not to listen to Sage’: an interview with Sajid Javid

9 October 2021 9:00 am

Sajid Javid has big plans for the NHS – if Covid lets him

The case for dodging cracks in the pavement

9 October 2021 9:00 am

It is interesting to consider what would have happened if the Covid virus had emerged in 1921. Or 1821. Or…

Portrait of the week: Gas prices soar, cabinet reshuffled and a green light for travel

25 September 2021 9:00 am

Home To prevent a shortage of meat, which relies on carbon dioxide in its packaging, the government gave millions of…

The Covid pantomime at my father’s memorial

25 September 2021 9:00 am

This last weekend I attended the memorial service for my father, who died in July. This isn’t a bid for…

Could the squeeze on living standards bring down Boris?

24 September 2021 3:00 pm

There is about to be a two-phase onslaught on the living standards of those on low-to-middling incomes. On 1 October…

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…