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‘I have sad thoughts every day. I try not to be overcome by them’: Michael Rosen on coping with the death of his son

He is much loved for his daffy humour, but poet Michael Rosen’s new memoir, Getting Better, is an arrestingly honest account of devastating loss. He talks to Alex Moshakis about feeling sad, and why he’s no longer ‘carrying an elephant’ Read an extract from Getting Better So, this is my little den,” the poet MichaelContinue reading “‘I have sad thoughts every day. I try not to be overcome by them’: Michael Rosen on coping with the death of his son”

Most bosses secretly want all staff back in offices, says head of CBI

Since Covid pandemic ‘whole world of work has gone crazy’, adds Tony Danker Most bosses secretly want to get all staff back to working in the office, according to the head of Britain’s leading business lobby group. Tony Danker, the director general of the Confederation of British Industry, said the whole world of work hadContinue reading “Most bosses secretly want all staff back in offices, says head of CBI”

How to fight inflation? (Spoiler alert: not with interest rate rises) | Joseph Stiglitz

US inflation is mainly supply-side driven so further rate hikes will have little to no effect – and cause deep problems of their own Despite favourable indices, it is too soon to tell whether inflation has been tamed. Nonetheless, two clear lessons have emerged from the recent price surge. First, economists’ standard models – especiallyContinue reading “How to fight inflation? (Spoiler alert: not with interest rate rises) | Joseph Stiglitz”

China claims Covid wave has peaked with severe cases, deaths falling fast

But reporting from inside China during the lunar new year period suggests rates of infection and fatalities exceeding official reports China’s health authorities have said the Covid wave is past its peak, with rapid decline in both severe cases and deaths in hospitals, but experts remain wary of the government’s official data. According to China’sContinue reading “China claims Covid wave has peaked with severe cases, deaths falling fast”

US moves to simplify Covid vaccines into yearly dose to target variants

The FDA asked its scientific advisers on Thursday to help chalk out plan to move to a flu shot-like schedule for coronavirus The US is poised to make Covid-19 vaccinations more like a yearly flu shot, a major shift in strategy despite a long list of questions about how to best protect against a stillContinue reading “US moves to simplify Covid vaccines into yearly dose to target variants”

Covid lockdowns created ‘online backdoor’ for child abusers, says charity

Internet Watch Foundation reports rise in UK children aged seven to 10 manipulated into abusing themselves on camera Internet predators have exploited a rise in online activity during lockdown to manipulate primary school age children into abusing themselves on camera, with reports of such imagery rising by more than 1,000% in the UK since 2019.Continue reading “Covid lockdowns created ‘online backdoor’ for child abusers, says charity”

Department of Health wasted £15bn on unused Covid supplies, watchdog finds

National Audit Office finds ‘extraordinary waste’ along with failures of governance, oversight and financial controls The Department of Health has wasted a total of £15bn on unused personal protective equipment, Covid tests and vaccines, prompting heavy criticism from the Whitehall spending watchdog. The department spent £8.9bn during 2020/21 and another £6bn last year on suchContinue reading “Department of Health wasted £15bn on unused Covid supplies, watchdog finds”

Boris Johnson may get more taxpayers’ money for Partygate defence

Senior civil servant admits budget of £220,000 for ex-PM to defend claims he misled parliament could rise Boris Johnson could get more taxpayers’ money to cover extra legal support as the inquiry into his Partygate denials drags on, it has emerged. The cost of helping the former prime minister defend himself over claims he misledContinue reading “Boris Johnson may get more taxpayers’ money for Partygate defence”

Andrew Bridgen to sue Matt Hancock over criticism of Covid vaccine remarks

MP who lost Tory whip after appearing to compare vaccines to Holocaust says he is suing Hancock for defamation An independent MP who lost the Tory whip after appearing to compare Covid vaccines to the Holocaust is suing Matt Hancock for criticising his remarks. Andrew Bridgen is suing the former health secretary for £100,000 overContinue reading “Andrew Bridgen to sue Matt Hancock over criticism of Covid vaccine remarks”

Andrew Bridgen to sue Matt Hancock over criticism of Covid vaccine remarks

MP who lost Tory whip after appearing to compare vaccines to Holocaust says he is suing Hancock for defamation An independent MP who lost the Tory whip after appearing to compare Covid vaccines to the Holocaust is suing Matt Hancock for criticising his remarks. Andrew Bridgen is suing the former health secretary for £100,000 overContinue reading “Andrew Bridgen to sue Matt Hancock over criticism of Covid vaccine remarks”