Counterpoints

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

On the role of public buildings in lockdown

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

“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”

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

On the role of public buildings in lockdown

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

“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”

‘It is a common trap to believe that under the Prime Minister’s Etonian brio lie liberal convictions. Experience suggests otherwise. The only thing Johnson consistently stands up for is himself, and on that, he has indeed never compromised’

“Some doctors have an intuitive rapport. For others it’s a work in progress.”

“The top of the bookmark juts out from the pages of my copy of The Woodlanders like a tombstone marking the mortal remains of any hope I ever held of finishing the thing.”

“Michael Gove’s Wild Animals in Circuses Bill appears at first glance to be nothing more than his latest essay in exhibitionistic compassion. But is it a misreading to ascribe this picayune law-making to opportunistic big-heartedness?”