Revolt over easing of lockdown spreads as poll slump hits PM | Business

Boris Johnson was hit by a growing revolt over his strategy for easing the Covid-19 lockdown last night as council leaders across the north of England joined unions in vowing to resist plans to reopen schools on 1 June. Signs of disunity spread as a new opinion poll for the Observer showed approval ratings for … Read more Revolt over easing of lockdown spreads as poll slump hits PM | Business

Are we all in this together? It doesn’t look like it from the regions | Andy Burnham | Opinion

Two weeks ago, I joined the eight other English regional mayors on a phone call with the prime minister. As a former mayor himself, Boris Johnson gets where we’re coming from. Over the best part of an hour, we had a friendly discussion about the release from lockdown and the need for the regions to … Read more Are we all in this together? It doesn’t look like it from the regions | Andy Burnham | Opinion

For all its sophistication, AI isn't fit to make life-or-death decisions for us | Kenan Malik

‘Following the science’ is a disingenuous policy because mathematical reckoning and human judgments are very different things Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Artificial intelligence is searching for the drugs to combat Covid-19. It enabled the pandemic to be tracked and information about it to be synthesised. It is diagnosing patients, triaging … Read more For all its sophistication, AI isn't fit to make life-or-death decisions for us | Kenan Malik

However obedient its citizens are, the government can’t help but revert to thuggish type | Opinion

The most shocking feature of the lockdown is not that it is fraying but that it has held at all. If you had listened to rightwing moralists, you would never have believed collective self-discipline was possible. For decades, they have lamented the decline in deference. In her first speech as leader of Conservative party, Margaret … Read more However obedient its citizens are, the government can’t help but revert to thuggish type | Opinion

State intervention may be back, but don’t assume neoliberalism is dead | Alex Doherty | Opinion

Some people say it doesn’t even exist – that it’s “meaningless”, or even “a term of abuse”. But from the 2008 financial crisis to the vote for Brexit in 2016, from the rise of the alt-right to the Covid-19 pandemic, there is no way of properly grasping our world without thinking about how neoliberalism informs … Read more State intervention may be back, but don’t assume neoliberalism is dead | Alex Doherty | Opinion

The week of ‘staying alert’ that left the government in a daze | World news

Nearly two months after lockdown began, coming out of it was always going to be a difficult message to sell. It might have been easier if the Speaker, Lindsay Hoyle, had been a little happier about Downing Street’s plan to announce an easing of the stay-at-home restrictions away from parliament on Sunday night. Boris Johnson … Read more The week of ‘staying alert’ that left the government in a daze | World news

Low-paid workers bear brunt of coronavirus recession, study shows | Business

Almost a third of Britain’s lowest-paid workers have lost their job or been furloughed in the past two months as those earning least bore the brunt of Britain’s Covid-19 economic shutdown, a thinktank has said. The Resolution Foundation said 30% of those in the lowest income bracket had been affected by the damage caused to … Read more Low-paid workers bear brunt of coronavirus recession, study shows | Business

England plans to send the wrong children back to school at the wrong time | Laura McInerney | Education

We have built a world where parents need the childcare provided by the school system. In some families parents are working at night, or rising at 5am to sustain a struggling business before their children wake up. They may more urgently feel the need for schools to reopen than those who can happily juggle a … Read more England plans to send the wrong children back to school at the wrong time | Laura McInerney | Education

Union warns care workers not to use UK government Covid-19 app | Society

Care workers have been warned by a trade union not to use a government app meant to help them during the coronavirus pandemic because it allows their managers to identify staff who have complained about pay, testing and personal protective equipment. Matt Hancock launched a mobile app last week for 1.5 million people in the … Read more Union warns care workers not to use UK government Covid-19 app | Society