Chinese-style mass testing must end if we’re ever to learn to live with Covid

On January 5 two years ago, the World Health Organisation issued a seemingly innocuous bulletin under the headline “Pneumonia of unknown cause – China”. It was the first inkling of a novel coronavirus outbreak which by then had infected around... Read more

The best new video games of 2022

Rainbow Six Extraction Outlandish spin-off of the superb tactical shooter Rainbow Six Siege, this time asking you and your pals to use eclectic and well-equipped Operators against parasitic alien invaders. PS4/PS5, Xbox One/Series X/S, PC, Stadia, Luna; January Pokémon Legends... Read more

Robert Maxwell biography Fall rises in popularity thanks to daughter Ghislaine’s trial

The book, now being adapted into a series by Working Title Films – the same studios behind Bridget Jones’s Diary and Love Actually – was named the best biography at the Costa Book Awards. The category win follows Preston’s success... Read more

Why Jodie Whittaker failed as Doctor Who

Better writing may have helped Whittaker become a Doctor to remember and defied the misogynists who circled around the news of her casting. But with Chibnall and his writing team often misfiring on all cylinders, her time on the show... Read more

We should be proud of the Queen, says Sir Keir Starmer as he sets out patriotic vision

He on Tuesday accused Mr Johnson of thinking “the rules apply to anyone but him”, as he criticised the Government over reports of lockdown-breaking parties last year. “I have heard so many heartbreaking stories of people who missed family funerals... Read more

Time is running out to prove Brexit is not a historic failure

Still, if nothing else, surely we can all agree that when it comes to “axing red tape”, the return of the crown stamp on to the side of pint glasses counts as a significant victory over those pesky Brussels bureaucrats. Ditto... Read more

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez under fire for ‘fleeing’ to Florida amid lockdown in home state of New York

The Republican governor of Florida hit out at “’lockdown politicians”, such as New York’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, for taking holidays in the restriction-free state while enforcing Covid mandates on their own. Governor Ron DeSantis, who has fought against mask rules in... Read more

Labour has to prove its new-found patriotism

In his first speech of a new year during which he hopes to turn Labour into a credible alternative government, Sir Keir Starmer identified his heroes as Clement Attlee, Harold Wilson and Tony Blair. It was no coincidence that these... Read more

Boris Johnson rejects energy bill VAT cuts to help struggling families

The news came as Liam Fox, a former Conservative Cabinet minister, accused Mr Johnson of being more like Edward Heath than Margaret Thatcher over tax and spend. Writing in the ConservativeHome website, Dr Fox said that he did not think... Read more

Joe Biden faces embarrassment after Elizabeth Holmes convicted of fraud

In 2018 Holmes was charged along with Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani, Theranos’ chief operating officer, who was also her romantic partner. Balwani has pleaded not guilty and will be tried at a later date. Following the not guilty verdicts over defrauding... Read more

‘I’ll put the fear of God into abusers’: Dominic Raab vows to help domestic violence victims

It’s time to restore women’s faith in the criminal justice system By Dominic Raab, the Justice Secretary and Deputy Prime Minister Like the rest of the country, I was shocked and horrified by the killings of Sarah Everard, Sabina Nessa,... Read more

Parole Board could be stripped of powers to release high-risk criminals

The changes have been given impetus by the arrest of Pitchfork just weeks after he was released from a 33-year jail sentence for raping and killing Dawn Ashworth and Lynda Mann in 1983 and 1986, respectively. He was recalled to... Read more

Man charged after anti-vaccine protest outside Sajid Javid’s home

A 60-year-old man has been charged with criminal damage following reports of an anti-vaccine protest outside Sajid Javid’s London home. A video posted online appears to show a person delivering a letter with an anti-Covid vaccine message to what they... Read more

Nicola Sturgeon’s deputy ‘twisting data’ to justify Scotland’s strict Covid rules

The ONS study reported that one in 25 people in England had the virus, compared to one in 40 in Scotland. However, during the period it covered rules were broadly the same on both sides of the border, with Scottish... Read more

CPS branded ‘criminal protection service’ as murder charges dropped against aspiring firefighter’s killers

Kerwin and McLoughlin, who both have numerous previous convictions, were initially charged with murder after a public appeal was launched to find those responsible for the attack.  But on Tuesday, the pair were sentenced for lesser offences after the CPS... Read more

Pupils ‘vilified’ if they don’t take Covid tests or wear masks in class

She said that forcing children who are mask-exempt to sit at the back of the class, or asking children who choose not to test to have separate lessons risks “vilifying” pupils whose “parents have a right to say no”. Pupils... Read more

You’ll need a Covid booster vaccine to travel abroad, warns Boris Johnson

The vaccine rollout slowed significantly in the run-up to Christmas and over the holidays. While an average of 828,681 boosters were given daily in the week ending Dec 17, by Dec 24 the daily average had almost halved to 452,234.... Read more

Lenders take heed… this is the year of the big squeeze

If millions more families are going to be squeezed financially this year, then the messaging must change. Buy now, pay later companies and the retailers which use them must show that they too can resist temptation. Now is not the... Read more

Questor: 10 ways in which we will attempt to avoid the stock market’s turkeys this year

Building a successful portfolio is as much about dodging the turkeys as it is about picking winners. Think about it: any stock that halves will have to double just to get back to where you started. And in a portfolio... Read more

For sale: a £1.25m lodge overlooking grounds that William the Conqueror won from King Harold

The 11th century owner of Holmwood Common in Dorking, Surrey, had a rough time of it. King Harold was England’s last Anglo-Saxon king. He had one of the shorter reigns in history, and one of the more famous deaths. On... Read more

British stock market enjoys new year boom – here’s what you should buy

Ms Foll said consumer-facing businesses would also do well in 2022 because households had built up their savings during the pandemic. “Recent trading updates from Marks & Spencer and Halfords suggested that households would be willing to spend their extra... Read more

Isa savers could face unexpected and disastrous tax bills in 2022

Our tax system is far too complicated, but I’m afraid we are stuck with it until politicians genuinely grasp the nettle of simplification, and they seem to have other matters on hand at the moment. The Government announced last September... Read more

Want to retire at 55? Here’s how big your pension needs to be

Carla Morris, of Brewin Dolphin, said anyone planning to retire early would need to ensure they had made informed financial decisions, which include maximising their pension contributions and saving prudently. Those who fall short of the large pension required should... Read more

A 620-mile range and innovation galore for Mercedes EQXX electric car concept

It’s almost as slippery as a penguin, with a shape inspired by a drop of water, but it’s the 1,000km (620 miles) range of the latest Mercedes-Benz concept car, the Vision EQXX, which is capturing the headlines. This sort of... Read more

Jack Dee: ‘I feel eternally guilty that I played a part in making reality TV popular’

Jack Dee is the self-proclaimed “grumpiest man in comedy”. He wrote and starred in the sitcoms Lead Balloon and Bad Move, and hosts the panel show I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue on BBC Radio 4. A long-time regular on... Read more