Cover Page, 01 July 2021, Issue 286 Welcome to our latest edition. This week we consider: political martyrdom; whether the Biden presidency is already running out of steam; Covid testing and infection rates; whether it’s right for Covid regulations to disadvantage the young for the sake of the aged; what Iran’s new president might have
01 July 2021 The Broken Eggs Boris the Martyr? By John Watson Robespierre’s famous aphorism to the effect that you cannot make an omelette without breaking eggs was originally delivered in French. Nonetheless it sets a universal challenge and it is by its reaction to that challenge that the current Conservative government will ultimately be
1 July 2021 An Early Sunset? Bye, Bye, Biden? By J.R. Thomas Only six weeks ago we speculated here that Joe Biden might be seen as an historically noted president, perhaps one who brought down racial barriers in the USA, reduced income and wealth inequalities, and set his country on a new path of fraternity
1 July 2021 Lies, Damned Lies and Coronavirus Summer holidays? by David Chilvers Last week, the UK extended the number of countries on its green list for overseas travel, adding the Balearic Islands, Madeira, Malta and half a dozen Caribbean islands. Being on the green list removes the need for quarantine on return from any
1 July 2021 Diary of a Corbynista Bankers running the NHS? by Don Urquhart 24 June One of the themes in Question Time and Newsnight was violence against the vulnerable. 1.4% of rape cases result in a charge and on QT much throwing up of hands, accusing the Government of cutting police and public services.