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Post-Covid politics

11 May 2021
CHRIS COOK
  • China’s population growth slowed to its lowest rate since 10-yearly censuses began in the 1950s.
  • Covid infections surged in the Seychelles despite a 60 per cent vaccination rate, mainly with the Chinese vaccine.
  • La Scala reopened after a six-month closure with a performance of “Patria Oppressa” from Verdi’s Macbeth.

The UK government will reveal its legislative agenda for the next year, a hotch-potch of plans which they hope to press through. The question worth asking is whether this government really means what it says…

the pandemic

Everything you need to know about Covid-19

For a year now, one story has dominated the news cycle above all others. We’ve aimed to take the long-view of Covid-19: we’ve investigated the catastrophe of the test and trace system, the crisis in care homes, and the extended after-effects of the disease.

tHINKIN WITH JAMES HARDING

The Battle for Truth

“What we’re going to do in this series of podcasts is take a big idea and look for the moments that shine a light on it.”

James Harding


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The vaccine

We took a closer look at our way out of the pandemic.


Immigration & asylum

As the post-Brexit era begins, what does Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s vision of “global Britain” mean?


More of our stories from 2020

Meet the editor
“In my recent journalism, I’ve been digging into the dysfunction at the heart of the UK government. Here’s an example, along with some other recent Tortoise articles I’ve enjoyed.”
Matt d’Ancona

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