Counterpoints

Tristram Shandy and the consolations of comedy

The story of “A COCK and a BULL . . . And one of the best of its kind, I ever heard”:

Nicola Sturgeon’s coronavirus victory

Boris Johnson’s political stock is low. The First Minister’s could not be higher. Yet Scotland’s grip on Covid-19 has been no more sure than London’s

A mental balm

On the role of public buildings in lockdown

Letters: jokes missed; sustainable seas; a Senate for the UK

Andrew Doyle explains why Nick Cohen just doesn't get his jokes; Rowan Williams and Irene Lancaster on antisemitism; sustainable sea farming; and Frank Field on why the UK needs a Senate

Letters: confronting antisemitism; trans athletes; immigration and the hostile environment

Frederic Raphael on antisemitism; why trans women athletes hardly ever win; legal language and immigration

Letters: David Goodhart is wrong — and so is Peter Hitchens

"It is not just lack of resources which places the burden of proof on migrants, but the law — and that law lies at the basis of Home Office decision-making"

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"
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