The government is flying half blind into the next phase of the coronavirus crisis | Andrew Rawnsley | Opinion

At the time that he made an emergency national TV broadcast to declare the lockdown, Boris Johnson thought he was taking one of the biggest decisions of his premiership. In truth, it was a simple one – at least it was compared with the choices he has to start making this week. Attempting to ease … Read more The government is flying half blind into the next phase of the coronavirus crisis | Andrew Rawnsley | Opinion

Fascism has never thrived in Britain but it haunts mainstream politics | Kenan Malik | Opinion

The history of British fascism is a history of failure. In a new book, Failed Führers, the historian Graham Macklin retells that story through biographies of six fascist leaders, from Arnold Leese and Oswald Mosley in the interwar years, through AK Chesterton, Colin Jordan and John Tyndall, in the postwar years, to Nick Griffin, whose … Read more Fascism has never thrived in Britain but it haunts mainstream politics | Kenan Malik | Opinion

Britain has faced its toughest test for decades, but we will build a better tomorrow’ | Global

If ever a crisis proved that our fates are bound together, it has been the last six weeks. The state has asked many businesses to stand idle to save lives, firms have turned to the state as their guarantor of survival and workers have risked their lives for us all. When we have faced our … Read more Britain has faced its toughest test for decades, but we will build a better tomorrow’ | Global

No child should go hungry in this crisis for want of school meals | Society

It’s difficult to accept, and for some even difficult to believe, that there are still children going hungry in this rich and largely competent nation. But there are millions. It is over a year since I met some extraordinarily brave and articulate young people who are Young Food Ambassadors for the Children’s #Right2Food Campaign. They … Read more No child should go hungry in this crisis for want of school meals | Society

How compassionate capitalism flourished in medieval Cambridge | UK news

It is the most unequal city in the land – a place of college spires and glamorous May balls, where homelessness and food poverty are rife and the lowest-paid workers cannot afford their rent. Now newly discovered historical documents reveal that Cambridge has also achieved a more egalitarian economic feat: as the birthplace of compassionate … Read more How compassionate capitalism flourished in medieval Cambridge | UK news

Expose fake news by using a digital kitemark to guarantee quality, urges ITN | Digital media

A leading news organisation is calling for a digital “kitemarking” system online to distinguish between quality journalism and fake content – with internet companies facing penalties if they publish inaccurate information. ITN, the maker of news for ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, says the coronavirus pandemic has revealed both the importance of “trustworthy and … Read more Expose fake news by using a digital kitemark to guarantee quality, urges ITN | Digital media

The Observer view on care home deaths from Covid-19 | Observer editorial | Opinion

“I have never written so many death notifications in such a short time,” a care home manager who lost 23 residents to coronavirus in just two weeks told the Guardian last month. “Every member of staff is lost. One day, a resident was walking around with a mild temperature. I went home and the next … Read more The Observer view on care home deaths from Covid-19 | Observer editorial | Opinion

No 10’s coronavirus briefings: stick to the script and hope no one sees your nose growing | Catherine Bennett | Opinion

Not all lockdown masterclasses involve unwelcome exertion. By now, anyone who has been watching the daily Downing Street coronavirus press briefings, even intermittently, should have acquired enough skill in evasion and excuses to present one, if not to a professional standard, certainly as persuasively as the average UK cabinet minister. The following technique can be … Read more No 10’s coronavirus briefings: stick to the script and hope no one sees your nose growing | Catherine Bennett | Opinion

NHS staff need access to mental health services, says Labour | Society

The government has been urged to arrange post-traumatic stress disorder support for frontline medical staff, whose mental health may be at risk due to the stress of working through the Covid-19 pandemic. In a letter to the health secretary, Matt Hancock, the shadow minister for mental health, Rosena Allin-Khan, said staff needed access to PTSD … Read more NHS staff need access to mental health services, says Labour | Society