Beware the hobby bobby

27 February 2021 9:00 am

‘Anything you say may be given in evidence. Do you have anything to say?’ I looked at the baby-faced police…

What will life look like after 21 June?

27 February 2021 9:00 am

‘Alas’ is a word used many times by Boris Johnson during the pandemic. It is how he prefaces announcements that…

For lovers who live apart, it’s been a long year

27 February 2021 9:00 am

When will it be legal to hug my girlfriend again?

Do we really want lockdown to end?

22 February 2021 5:00 pm

Despite it being highly unfashionable to change your opinion, my lockdown stance has shown agility. For most of last year…

Will freedom always be just over the horizon?

20 February 2021 9:00 am

We should talk about horizons, and the setting of desirable ones. A newspaper gave it a go the other day…

Do gender studies departments have a gender problem?

20 February 2021 9:00 am

Target practice The government hit its target of giving a first Covid vaccine to 15 million of the most vulnerable…

Vaccines are working – so why isn’t society reopening?

20 February 2021 9:00 am

When the Prime Minister sets out his ‘roadmap’ for easing Covid restrictions on Monday, it will be against a backdrop…

The need for speed: can we outpace Covid?

20 February 2021 9:00 am

Can we outpace Covid?

Universal Credit and the future of the welfare state

13 February 2021 9:00 am

Amid the many failures of public policy during the Covid crisis, one success has gone largely unnoticed. The Universal Credit…

Tory nerves are growing over Boris Johnson's Covid strategy

13 February 2021 1:21 am

When the third lockdown was voted on in the House of Commons last month, there was a smaller Tory rebellion than the previous…

Isolation nation: how Australia is dealing with its pandemic

10 February 2021 1:12 am

At 6.20 p.m. on Friday evening, Scarborough Beach, an oceanside suburb of Perth, looked like it always does: families picnicked…

Lockdown has added to the pain of my mum's Covid death

8 February 2021 5:28 am

Last week, my mum died. In just a few short minutes, she went from being a living, breathing human, to…

Holy relic: what will be left of the Church of England after the pandemic?

6 February 2021 9:00 am

The Church of England as we know it is disappearing

Had the kitchen shop assistant been drugged and handcuffed?

6 February 2021 9:00 am

The kitchen tap began dripping as if it knew perfectly well that this would land me in a predicament whereby…

Lockdowns can destroy the lives they’re intended to protect

6 February 2021 9:00 am

Some Leavers are perturbed that Lord Frost was suddenly stood down as the next National Security Adviser. This anxiety may…

The misguided priorities of church authorities

6 February 2021 9:00 am

The church authorities’ priorities are all wrong

What if Covid had struck in the 1970s?

6 February 2021 9:00 am

We have reached Covid-19’s first anniversary in the UK — and I really think we should do something fitting to…

‘Inessential’ workers have helped keep the country afloat

30 January 2021 9:00 am

A common sight across Britain these past ten months has been those rainbow flags fluttering in urban and village streets:…

The horrifying toll of lockdown on the poor and mentally ill

30 January 2021 9:00 am

I start the week with someone throwing faeces at me. I thought people were supposed to clap for doctors these…

Quarantine and the freedom paradox

30 January 2021 9:00 am

Who would have thought, this time last year, that the British government would be planning to detain British nationals at…

Inside the Dutch anti-lockdown riots

27 January 2021 8:11 pm

Images of Dutch rioters throwing stones and fireworks at police, looting shops and facing water cannon have been published all…

Vaccination is the only way out of this catastrophe

23 January 2021 9:00 am

Monday started with me opening my bedroom windows to let what little light there is come through, only to find…

What makes us think they’ll release lockdown after vaccines?

23 January 2021 9:00 am

Has the coup happened yet? You have the advantage over me. It was supposed to have taken place on Sunday.…

To reopen schools, we need to vaccinate teachers

23 January 2021 9:00 am

At the start of the Covid-19 crisis, Chris Whitty often made the point that a pandemic kills in two ways:…

Bad influence: Instagramming from Dubai isn’t ‘work’

23 January 2021 9:00 am

Instagramming from Dubai isn’t ‘work’