lockdown

Data, not dates: there is no reason to delay a return to normal life

8 May 2021 9:00 am

A slogan can come back to haunt you. For Boris Johnson, the words ‘data not dates’ sounded powerful at a…

How the West can help India

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Why India is reluctant to lock down again

‘I’ve seen the bare bones of London’: street painter Peter Brown interviewed

1 May 2021 9:00 am

‘I’ve been seeing the bare bones of London,’ explains the landscape artist Peter Brown, who is known affectionately as ‘Pete…

Why do theatres think audiences want Covid-related drama?

24 April 2021 9:00 am

Hats off to the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond. They’ve discovered a new form of racism. Some people say we…

Need we fear a third wave after lockdown ends?

18 April 2021 3:30 pm

When Boris Johnson revealed his roadmap out of lockdown at the end of February he promised a ‘one way road…

Britain is in danger of repeating its post-war mistakes

17 April 2021 9:00 am

What we can learn from Britain’s rationing mistakes

Dear Mary: How can we use our neighbour’s tennis court without inviting him to play?

17 April 2021 9:00 am

Q. Our neighbours have a tennis court which, under the property’s previous owner, we enjoyed playing men’s fours on. The…

Merkel's radical lockdown plan could quickly backfire

15 April 2021 2:53 am

In its flailing response to the Covid crisis, the German government appears to have finally given up on federalism. Angela…

Is the UK taking advantage of its vaccine success?

14 April 2021 1:20 am

UK GDP ever so slightly edged up in February, growing 0.4 per cent according to today’s update from the Office…

The hidden death toll of lockdown

10 April 2021 9:00 am

The last patient I treated was 105 years old. She has lived through two world wars, a depression and at…

The competitive cult of cosiness

10 April 2021 9:00 am

Can we escape the cult of cosiness?

After London lockdown, LA is like Disneyland

10 April 2021 9:00 am

When I arrived a month ago, one wouldn’t believe LA was suffering a major pandemic. The roads were still busy…

‘Protect the NHS’ is all very well, but when will the NHS protect us?

10 April 2021 9:00 am

After refusing to issue my HRT without a blood pressure test, the GP surgery rang to offer me an appointment.…

The creeping authoritarianism of the Covid-19 restrictions

7 April 2021 4:00 pm

How can a country abide a government that consistently says one thing and then does the exact opposite? Whether it’s…

Johnson is in trouble over vaccine passports – and it's showing

6 April 2021 4:20 am

The biggest question facing Boris Johnson at this evening’s press conference was so-called vaccine passports. Plans for his scheme were…

Johnson takes the next step out of lockdown

6 April 2021 3:05 am

When Boris Johnson first unveiled his roadmap out of lockdown, there was a promise of an end to restrictions by 21…

The joy and suffering of writing a book

3 April 2021 9:00 am

Spring is coming. There was snow in the garden till last week, here in Canada, where I have been spending…

Britain’s travel ban brings risks of its own

3 April 2021 9:00 am

It’s time to get Britain travelling again

Talking down vaccines is a short-sighted tactic

3 April 2021 12:48 am

How strange to have spent a year in a world where to hug someone outside of your household is not…

Macron's latest lockdown fiasco

1 April 2021 6:58 am

On New Year’s Eve, Emmanuel Macron promised France an economic revival by the Spring. Cancel that. Instead, as the intensive…

Can we see the vaccine effect?

31 March 2021 2:14 am

Britain’s Covid data is moving in the right direction. Today’s update from the Office for National Statistics confirms this on…

Boris Johnson's vaccine problem

30 March 2021 4:51 am

On the day that people are finally allowed to gather in groups of six outside, tennis games get underway and wild…

Zoomers like me don't realise how lucky we are

28 March 2021 5:30 pm

For millennials like me, talkin’ ’bout our generation usually involves complaining. We Generation Zs – or zoomers – can’t seem…

Merkel's blundering lockdown U-turn

25 March 2021 7:14 pm

During her 16 years in office, Angela Merkel has produced a couple of memorable sentences that will be imprinted into…

Merkel declares a 'new pandemic' as Germany locks down again

24 March 2021 3:12 am

A year on from the onset of the Covid crisis, Angela Merkel had grim news for Germans this morning: our…