covid

Was Covid beginning to peak before the second lockdown?

24 November 2020 9:46 am

‘I don’t think that word means what you think it means,’ says the Spaniard Inigo Montoya in the film The…

My neighbour’s dinner party was a near-death experience

21 November 2020 9:00 am

At dawn, starving, I drove to a commercial laboratory in the town centre where five phials of blood were taken…

Landmark Danish study shows face masks have no significant effect

19 November 2020 6:45 pm

Do face masks work? Earlier this year, the UK government decided that masks could play a significant role in stopping…

The Beeb could turn this script into TV gold: Howerd's End reviewed

7 November 2020 9:00 am

It’s touch and go whether the theatre will survive this latest assault. Some venues have pushed back their entire programme…

Finally a lockdown drama that will endure: James Graham's Bubble reviewed

31 October 2020 9:00 am

Theatres can open if they want to. That’s the current position. The only factor keeping a playhouse dark is a…

Dear Mary: Why is my brother making me pay £400 for a drawing of my cat?

31 October 2020 9:00 am

Q. I would welcome your advice on a tricky family matter. For my 70th birthday earlier this year my brother…

Will Spain’s nation of rogues comply with the curfew?

27 October 2020 3:27 am

A few years ago, when I was in the queue to catch a plane, a Spanish lady caught me watching…

The joy of drinking alone

24 October 2020 9:00 am

Thanks to a combination of night-time curfews, social-distancing rules, pubs closing, restaurants failing, the ‘rule of six’ and compulsory mask-wearing,…

Portrait of the week: A Manchester stand-off, a Presidential showdown and a Brexit culture clash

24 October 2020 9:00 am

Home After ten days spent trying to persuade Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, to accede to the city…

Letters: why Scots want independence

24 October 2020 9:00 am

State of the Union Sir: Writing in a week that an opinion poll shows 58 per cent support for independence…

Britain’s bizarre Italian travel guidance

24 October 2020 9:00 am

Here’s a tip. When the Foreign Office advises against going somewhere, hop on the next plane. The mandarins have advised…

Boris Johnson needs to face down his own people

24 October 2020 9:00 am

To beat the virus, the government is asking us to keep to simple hands-face-space guidelines. When these are not followed,…

London’s war on motorists isn’t helping anybody

24 October 2020 9:00 am

London’s war on motorists isn’t helping anybody

Dear Mary: We’ve had to downsize our wedding – can we still ask everyone for presents?

17 October 2020 9:00 am

Q. A year ago we sent out 150 save-the-date notices for our wedding this December. We are still going ahead,…

Why we should consider testing Covid on prisoners

17 October 2020 9:00 am

The Covid problem lies as much in the delayed action of the virus as in the virus itself. Since symptoms…

Students who catch Covid may be saving lives

17 October 2020 9:00 am

Students who catch Covid may be saving lives by building up immunity

Covid has killed off our civil liberties

17 October 2020 9:00 am

It started with smoking. The 1960s and 1970s saw little popular objection to legislation restricting advertisements by private companies purveying…

Why isn’t the germaphobe President afraid of coronavirus?

17 October 2020 9:00 am

The weird thing about Donald Trump’s handling of Covid-19, alongside all the other weird things, is that he has always…

The jackboot zealotry of ushers is ruining theatre

17 October 2020 9:00 am

Southwark Playhouse has revived an American show, The Last Five Years, whose run was cancelled in March. In advance, I…

Who will have more informants: the Stasi or Covid marshals?

19 September 2020 9:00 am

Information overload The government’s plan to put ‘Covid wardens’ on the streets to enforce the new rule against more than…

Why I’ve given up on handbags

19 September 2020 9:00 am

How I gave up an unnecessary habit

Letters: Why does No.10 seem so oblivious to the threat of Scottish independence?

12 September 2020 9:00 am

Referendum risk Sir: James Forsyth’s excellent analysis (‘To save the Union, negotiate independence’, 5 September) has one flaw: it is…

The danger of following ‘the science’

22 August 2020 9:00 am

I have decided to divorce my wife after 31 years on scientific grounds. Though perfectly happy, on reassessing my original…

Why Turkey Twizzlers are back on the menu

22 August 2020 9:00 am

Pink and twisted Bernard Matthews, which stopped making Turkey Twizzlers in 2005 after criticism about unhealthy school dinners from Jamie…

If the office is ‘too dangerous’, why is everyone jetting off on holiday?

8 August 2020 9:00 am

The whole of Surrey and south-west London seem to have gone abroad on holiday so I’ve got my sanity back.…