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Steve Barclay: Boris Johnson’s new chief of staff brings close links to Tory backbenchers

Steve Barclay, the new Downing Street chief of staff, will be hoping that his close links with many Conservative backbenchers will help the Prime Minister reset his…

it was lonely opposing the first lockdown but the day will come when no one remembers backing it 61feb0f21a23e

It was lonely opposing the first lockdown, but the day will come when no one remembers backing it

Did you oppose the Iraq war? Good for you. It seems bizarre, 19 years on, that anyone ever thought it a good idea to spend a trillion…

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The cloud of chaos around Boris Johnson has killed his premiership, whether he knows it or not

It’s over, whether the Prime Minister realises it or not. With the departure of Munira Mirza, his head of policy, the guts were finally torn out of…

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Our liberty rests on whether Sage will admit to its horrendous lockdown mistakes

We haven’t heard much from Sir Patrick Vallance recently. A few weeks ago he wrote an article extolling the reliability of Sage modellers. They speak “scientific truth…

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Omid Djalili, review: plenty of punchlines, but short on punch

Omid Djalili’s latest tour, an ode to the end of Covid lockdowns, is an enjoyable if unoriginal affair. The British-Iranian comic, who grew up in Kensington, is…

omid djalili review plenty of punchlines but short on punch 61fd5f9e2b3a2

Omid Djalili, review: plenty of punchlines, but short on punch

Omid Djalili’s latest tour, an ode to the end of Covid lockdowns, is an enjoyable if unoriginal affair. The British-Iranian comic, who grew up in Kensington, is…

the lockdown establishment will never accept that its disastrous policy failed 61fc62d059f43

The lockdown establishment will never accept that its disastrous policy failed

We haven’t heard much from Sir Patrick Vallance recently. A few weeks ago he wrote an article extolling the reliability of Sage modellers. They speak “scientific truth…

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Thursday morning UK news briefing: Chancellor’s plan to ease bills crunch

On the eve of the announcements, a backbench revolt against the Prime Minister was revitalised after three Tory MPs announced they had entered letters of no confidence…

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We must prepare the NHS for future pandemics now

Covid will not be the last pandemic we face. But during this particular one, a key issue has been the risk that the health system would be…

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Covid lockdown ‘prevented only 0.2pc of deaths in first wave’

Researchers said it was clear that the public would naturally socially distance and cut their contacts even without state intervention, leading to a large drop in deaths. …

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County lines dealing in pandemic behind cocaine seizures trebling in a year

Writing for The Telegraph, below, Tony Saggers, the former head of drugs threat and intelligence at the National Crime Agency, said: “With the majority of the population…

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How the ‘Partygate’ scandal has sent Boris Johnson’s approval rating plummeting

The drop in Mr Johnson’s favourability has also likely contributed to the overall feeling of dissatisfaction with the Government. The latest polls, released on January 31, show…

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The teens who won’t leave their rooms – how the Covid pandemic fuelled the rise of ‘ghost children’

Every morning, the only way Kate knew if her 15-year-old son Ben was alive was if she heard him open the door of his bedroom, snatch the…

the teens who wont leave their rooms how the pandemic fuelled the rise of ghost children 61f9964016a1f

The teens who won’t leave their rooms – how the pandemic fuelled the rise of ‘ghost children’

Every morning, the only way Kate knew if her 15-year-old son Ben was alive was if she heard him open the door of his bedroom, snatch the…

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If Britain’s pathetic universities told students the cold hard truth, this is what they’d say

Just how pathetic and contemptible are our universities? They are among the institutions most reluctant to get back to normal, even though their paying customers were among…

boris johnsons luck is in as his enemies tactics backfire 61f98c4ccb6cc

Boris Johnson’s luck is in as his enemies’ tactics backfire

Gosh, Boris Johnson is a lucky man. If only his opponents both inside and outside his party were more disciplined and less self-righteous, they would be much…

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Deaths of people whose medical care was disrupted quadrupled in first Covid lockdown

The new study asked site investigators to categorise the deaths as having either no evidence of delayed access to medical care contributing to them, or whether it…

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Planet Normal: The rules were ludicrous – but we managed to stick to them

Telegraph columnists Allison Pearson and Liam Halligan, have made no secret of their scepticism over the use of repeated Covid lockdowns on their weekly Planet Normal podcast….

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Post-Covid truancy is everyone’s problem

One of the great scandals of the lockdown era was what seemed to be an indifference to the plight of children and the dreadful challenges they faced…

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Killers have more rights than care home residents – it’s a scandal that shames us all

Sue’s mother is in a care home. The care home manager’s husband has Covid. The manager tested negative so she can still go to work. Sue’s mother…

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Care homes chose ‘safety’ over compassion and it’s nothing short of barbaric

Sue’s mother is in a care home. The care home manager’s husband has Covid. The manager tested negative so she can still go to work in the…

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BeLikeJosephine: How little girl who played by the rules set a better example than our political elite

A day earlier, Josephine had written a letter to the Prime Minister on her seventh birthday to tell him she had cancelled her party.The schoolgirl, from Stubbington,…

what its like to have depression when the whole world is feeling down 61ed9f1ed8f7c

What it’s like to have depression when the whole world is feeling down

My lack of energy is extreme. Either I gorge on sleep, seeking refuge in 10, 13, 16 hours; or I am racked by insomnia, thoughts spiralling away…

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We need a ‘big bang’ moment for getting back to the office

So how do we make that happen? Here are four places we could start. First, the Government. It needs to start leading from the front. The entire…

boris johnson should not be driven from office despite the visceral public reaction to partygate 61ec82d3f397c

Boris Johnson should not be driven from office, despite the visceral public reaction to ‘partygate’

National rage, and the findings of the Sue Gray enquiry, could make short work of Boris’s premiership. My constituents are understandably deadly serious in their fury and…