Do any Covid-19 ‘cures’ actually work?

26 May

A couple of things happened in the past week that will have been of huge interest to a lot of people, for obvious reasons. One, a study on the impact of hydroxychloroquine, an antimalarial drug, on Covid-19, was retracted. Two, another study, looking at the effect of the Ebola drug remdesivir on the virus was […]

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Coronavirus has driven America mad

26 May

Donald Trump versus a virus, who wins? Well Mr Trump of course. When it comes to a choice between political or medical approaches to the virus, Americans are overwhelmingly plumping for the politics. They afford, in that choice, the most basic of victories to their self-obsessed President. Whether they love Trump or hate him, it’s […]

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Has Texas coped with the lifting of lockdown?

18 May

A few weeks back, a number of contributors to this site wrote about what we planned to do after lockdown was lifted. How simple it all seemed back then: go to the pub, visit parents — a jaunt to Italy was also on the cards, I recall. But as we are now discovering, liberty once […]

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What if Trump loses the election?

6 May

“There is not a chair to sit in. The beds and bedding are in a woeful pickle. This house has been a scene of the most scandalous drinking and disorder among the servants that I ever heard of. I would not have one of them for any consideration.” Presidential transitions are often messy affairs. That […]

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Covid-19 can’t spoil America’s appetite

1 May

The Green Bay Packers are America’s most famous football team. They got their name from the Indian Packing Company, a local meat processing firm that sponsored their first set of jerseys. Outside of Wisconsin, not many Americans know that story. This week, however, Green Bay is in the news for reasons other than its football […]

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Covid-19 can’t spoil America’s appetite

1 May

The Green Bay Packers are America’s most famous football team. They got their name from the Indian Packing Company, a local meat processing firm that sponsored their first set of jerseys. Outside of Wisconsin, not many Americans know that story. This week, however, Green Bay is in the news for reasons other than its football […]

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Are we ready for the next coronation?

23 Apr

‘Coronation Maids’, on BBC Radio 4 this week, was an absolute delight. It brought together five of the six women who were the Queen’s young maids of honour at her coronation. And no, I didn’t know she had them either. In the plumiest of tones, the Queen’s maids recounted some fabulous little anecdotes concerning the […]

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Donald Trump under pressure from 240 US politicians to help save local media with advertising

21 Apr

Donald Trump is coming under increased political pressure to step in to help embattled local media companies with federal government advertising. Some 240 US politicians – led by members of congress Debbie Dingell, Bill Flores, Marc Veasey and Fred Upton – have written to the US president urging him to direct more federal funds towards … Continue reading “Donald Trump under pressure from 240 US politicians to help save local media with advertising”

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Liam Fox: League tables, death rates, bed numbers – and other mistaken media measurements. Let’s stick to the facts.

20 Apr

Often, these are not only hugely inaccurate, but paint a damagingly distorted picture which can influence public opinion and, through doing so, public policy.

Bernie’s failure is a lesson for the Left

17 Apr

Mid-February feels like a long time ago. At the time Covid-19 was, at least in Britain, a peripheral concern which might — if worst came to worst — lead to restrictions on mass gatherings and international travel. Few expected Britain and large swathes of America to be fully locked down for weeks and months at […]

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How Trump is fixing the vote

16 Apr

What if America held a presidential election and nobody turned up? What, in other words, if the coronavirus is the icing on the voter suppression cake? We tend to think of presidential elections as battles fought over character and policy, or, in the Trump era, bombast and insults and drama. It’s a performance and the […]

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WWE’s next major pay-per-view with fans could be SummerSlam in August due to coronavirus pandemic

5 Apr

The next WWE pay-per-view with fans in attendance could be SummerSlam in August. WWE is currently holding WrestleMania 36 across two nights at their Performance Centre in Orlando, Florida behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic. Vince McMahon had originally planned for the 65,000 capacity Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay to host this […]

Why doesn’t Britain value its farmers?

31 Mar

They say eight people in our little village have got this plague. It seems weird that it would have found its way here, to these isolated northern farming valleys, where the snow clings on to the high fells, and the woodsmoke rises from the scattered farmhouses. I always imagined that the apocalypse would look a […]

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Joe Biden has blown it already

27 Mar

Let us be frank: the bar is not high. “Live from the Court of the Mad King!” is how the former Bush speechwriter David Frum introduces his tweets on presidential press conferences. Others are less kind. The word ‘deranged’ is used frequently by opponents. Some Americans have moved beyond political distaste. They are simply frightened […]

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