Columnists

recovery

Trump walks the recovery tightrope

April 16, 2020 6:21 pm

Good cop, bad cop...then back to work?

inequality

There’s nothing equal about this virus

April 16, 2020 1:30 pm

I can self-isolate fairly comfortably, but how easy is it if you are on the 15th floor of a tower block?

tiger king

Joe Exotic is an ordinary American

April 16, 2020 11:35 am

He is perhaps a little too fond of drugs and weaponry, but he has also overcome great personal misfortune

dissent lockdown

Whatever happened to dissent?

April 16, 2020 11:22 am

The British have bought the lockdown hook, line and non-thinker

barack obama joe biden

Barack Obama’s endorsement of Joe Biden is comedy gold

April 14, 2020 2:28 pm

A masterly performance, delivered with a straight face

press

Trump should shut down his press conferences, now

April 14, 2020 7:19 am

America needs ‘transparency’ from its government. It doesn’t need the daily Punch-and-Judy shows

fauci

Has Fauci become the James Comey of the scientific community?

April 13, 2020 7:15 pm

Trump has sent a warning shot in the doctor’s direction

easter

This Easter, we should moderate our complacency

April 12, 2020 4:01 pm

The pressure of contemporary events crowds us into the impatient confines of the present, rendering us insensible to the lessons of history

afghanistan

A waste of 19 years

April 12, 2020 12:28 pm

The US withdrawal doesn’t mean peace in Afghanistan

silver oak alexander valley

Cab and conversation

April 12, 2020 10:53 am

A Healdsburg symposium

cigarettes

If anything is ‘essential’ right now, it’s cigarettes

April 12, 2020 10:20 am

Nothing about this small and unpleasant virus thing is ‘abundantly clear’

covid-19 truther

Confessions of a COVID-19 truther

April 11, 2020 5:31 am

It’s not easy being skeptical

eurozone

Will coronavirus kill the eurozone?

April 9, 2020 5:50 pm

Merkel fiddles while Rome goes bankrupt

mathematicians

Coronavirus has made amateur mathematicians of us all

April 9, 2020 12:57 pm

Mathematical models help you to feel like you have a handle on what’s going on

bats trust

Monkeys, bats and Britain’s national trust

April 9, 2020 12:22 am

When a real problem came, there wasn’t much time for the people with imaginary ones

foreign policy

Foreign policy is in a straitjacket

April 8, 2020 4:57 pm

The Ivy League graduates who constitute America’s foreign policy elite think just like Robespierre

passover

Plagues at Passover

April 8, 2020 2:27 pm

As the story of Passover and the Exodus shows, without faith we are nowhere, dependent on the arbitrary caprice of the market and the pharaoh

bernie sanders

Bernie lost because he’d already won

April 8, 2020 2:04 pm

What Bernie did, like Trump, was expose the rift between the party’s voters and its leadership

dominic raab

Who is Dominic Raab?

April 6, 2020 4:27 pm

A karate black-belt and former Foreign Office lawyer working to prosecute war criminals is deputizing for Boris Johnson

trump corona

What happens if Trump gets the coronavirus?

April 6, 2020 12:16 pm

The Republican machine could quickly reassert itself

hospital

Can Boris run Britain from his hospital bed?

April 6, 2020 9:55 am

The British PM is good at delegating and trusting his appointees to get on with the job he’s given them

joe biden

How delaying the DNC helps Biden

April 2, 2020 6:01 pm

The original mid-July date simply allowed too much time to elapse between the Democratic and Republican conventions

imperiled

The longer lockdown continues, the more imperiled we become

April 2, 2020 12:21 pm

A broke society is a violent society

war

Don’t let anyone tell you there’s a war on

April 2, 2020 1:06 am

A grown-up citizenry does not confuse intelligent questioning with unpatriotic breaking of the ranks

hens

The oddest thing people are stockpiling? Hens

April 2, 2020 12:25 am

They are so overjoyed by first light that they make an infernal noise — even if you don’t have a cockerel