Majority rule; minority rights

It is folly to treat UK race relations as totally divorced from the rest of human experience. We need to look at the larger global picture

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

More than black and white

Clunky neologisms such as BAME obscure real ethnic differences—making it harder to address structural disadvantage and prejudice

The enemy without

Lockdown has provided the perfect breeding ground for corrosive conspiracy theories to flourish. Responding with mockery isn’t enough

More or less misleading

We must fact-check the government’s claims about its coronavirus testing regime. But who will check the checkers?

Emmanuel Macron’s petite crise

The unpopular president’s reforms exposed a deep discontent. The response to the pandemic has made his problems worse

So happy to be serfs

In just a few short weeks we have cast aside freedoms it took centuries to win. Fawning faith in authority will lead to further outrages

Love thy neighbour: why the Scots hate the English

Why are Scottish children encouraged to link a war 700 years ago with the “effete arseholes” of England today?

Making short work

Shockingly high numbers have lost their jobs. Which countries are flattening the unemployment curve?

A psychoanalyst’s lockdown diary

Emergencies not only spark new, rational fears but also reignite old, irrational ones

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"