United Kingdom

bill bryson

Bill Bryson: it’s impossible to be sick of England

April 16, 2020 12:26 pm

The author on love, loss and the wonders of the human body

dissent lockdown

Whatever happened to dissent?

April 16, 2020 11:22 am

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

covid-19 truther

Confessions of a COVID-19 truther

April 11, 2020 5:31 am

It’s not easy being skeptical

recovering

I’m recovering — but I glimpsed the coronavirus cliff edge

April 9, 2020 4:39 pm

I had a strong sensation of my body being invaded by a parasite which was sapping my strength

religion

Will coronavirus hasten the demise of religion — or herald its revival?

April 9, 2020 11:01 am

The lockdown is testing believers of all stripes

walking

I’m walking round the country — in my back garden

April 9, 2020 9:54 am

This land used to be an orchard. These trees were here before I was here. They’ll be here after I’m gone

dominic raab

Dominic Raab is the constitutional choice, but a complicated one

April 9, 2020 12:33 am

He is the least well-known senior member of the cabinet. This is a disadvantage at a time when the government is trying to reassure the nation

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

germany

Is Germany treating its coronavirus patients differently?

April 8, 2020 9:41 am

One German doctor has described his astonishment at the extent to which ventilators have been used to treat patients in Italy

boris johnson

Britain needs Boris, the extraordinary man I’ve known for 35 years

April 7, 2020 11:48 am

He cannot resist the pull of obligation to his country, the need to be of service

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

boris johnson intensive care

Boris Johnson taken into intensive care

April 6, 2020 4:12 pm

Dominic Raab will be assuming the PM’s day-to-day responsibilities

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

migrant

Cosmopolis

April 3, 2020 5:44 pm

Migrant City: A New History of London by Panikos Panayi reviewed

unemployment

Coronavirus has already caused a huge spike in unemployment

April 3, 2020 11:14 am

Nearly a million Brits — 850,000 more than usual — have applied for Universal Credit in the last two weeks

british government

The British government needs an ‘exit strategy’ from this crisis

April 3, 2020 10:03 am

If the daily numbers of deaths start to fall significantly in, say, a month’s time, then there might be public pressure for some restrictions to be lifted

testing

Britain’s coronavirus testing is bogged down in bureaucracy

April 2, 2020 11:27 am

On March 14, the UK was the fifth best country for quantity of COVID-19 viral tests performed per capita. By March 30 it had fallen to 26th

curtain-twitchers

The corona curtain-twitchers are watching

April 2, 2020 1:18 am

A few weeks sitting on the sofa guzzling packets of crisps does not equate to life in East Germany

keir starmer

Keir Starmer may have a better chance of taking Labour to power than anyone expected

April 2, 2020 12:38 am

In some ways Starmer will be in a better position than he could have hoped for at the start of this contest

coronomics

Coronomics: ordinary remedies won’t be enough for a surreal crash

April 1, 2020 11:17 pm

The economic crystal ball has never seemed murkier

experts

Yes, we need experts. But let’s not politicize expertise

March 31, 2020 12:19 pm

Their expertise lies in science. But how to respond their advice? That’s for politicians to decide — and for democracies to question

jews

Why are Britain’s Jews being so hard hit by coronavirus?

March 31, 2020 11:32 am

We could simply be unlucky

parliamentary

Whatever happened to parliamentary democracy?

March 30, 2020 1:03 pm

A national emergency ought to be a moment to strengthen democracy not dispense with it

uk

UK coronavirus cases slowing, key adviser reveals

March 30, 2020 8:59 am

Britain may be further along the epidemic curve than some had feared

boris johnson

What does Boris Johnson’s coronavirus diagnosis mean for the UK government?

March 27, 2020 11:47 am

The British PM will still lead the government response — be it from the safety of his own residence