Cover Page, 1 April 2021, Issue 273 Welcome to our latest edition. This week we consider: revelations about Joe Biden’s election victory courtesy of a new book; sexual abuse in schools; race relations; unlikely news items (what’s the date today?); the chances of a post-Covid economic revival; an international comparison of Covid-19 death statistics; a
1 April 2021 Schools The case for hitting hard. By John Watson I have never made explosives but I have read about them in adventure stories and I gather the trick is to compress a mixture of two substances (weed killer and sugar for example), light the blue touch paper and wait for the bang.
1 April 2021 Race Relations A cultural issue. By Lynda Goetz Last week Batley Grammar School closed its doors and the headmaster, Gary Kibble, issued an apology as Muslim parents and representatives of local Muslim groups gathered at the school gates to protest vociferously and demand the sacking of a teacher who showed a cartoon
1 April 2021 Same Sea – Different Boat The long road to financial health. By Frank O’Nomics A combination of decent weather and an easing of lockdown restrictions have made us all more bullish. Fuelled by an upbeat PM, with academic gravitas added by Andy Haldane, the Chief Economist of the Bank of England, we
01 April 2021 Incredible But true? By Neil Tidmarsh Here’s a list of incredible stories in the news this week. Incredible – but true? Well, that’s for you to decide. Today is 1st April, after all. Read on and see if you can spot which of the following is (are) the April fool(s), the joker(s)
1 April 2021 Lies, Damned Lies and Coronavirus International comparisons by David Chilvers We are now one year since the original UK coronavirus lockdown. During this time, 126,670 individuals have died in this country with or from COVID-19, as evidenced on the daily Coronavirus dashboard using the “died within 28 days of a positive test”
1 April 2021 Diary of a Corbynista Greed is Good by Don Urquhart 24 March The spirit of Gordon Gecko is alive and well and living in 10 Downing Street. The hero of the film Wall Street inspired us all with his mantra Greed is Good. Similarly our Prime Minister cheered up his backbenchers by
1 April 2021 A Foreign Field By William Morton Islington Council put up signs in the borough’s streets at the time of the commemoration of the centenary of the end of the First World War, giving the names of those who had lived in each street and had been killed in the War. The signs