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Andrew's Column: The state of the world
Democracy is not just about people in power, parties, and votes; it's also a stake in how things are run. In the wake of the murder of George Floyd, and as an embattled Britain crosses 40,000 COVID-related deaths, the world looks a very grim place indeed, as Andrew Whitehead explains in his video column.
Andrew's Column: When rule makers are rule breakers
Dominic Cummings, the prime minister's closest adviser, is touted to be more influential than most cabinet ministers, and has been described as the most powerful non-elected official in Downing Street for a generation. He and his wife flouted lockdown restriction laws and endangered the lives of others.
Andrew's Column: Something to cheer about
The coronavirus pandemic has taken a huge toll on daily life across the world. Amongst the casualties, is sports, particularly football. But, as Andrew Whitehead points out, there may soon be something to cheer about.
Andrew's Column: What Victory?
In the UK, the 75th VE Day anniversary came at a moment of national crisis -- the COVID-19 pandemic.
Andrew's Column: Captain Tom -- Britain's new national hero
In his latest column, Andrew Whitehead talks about Captain Tom, a 100-year-old former British Army officer who has emerged as a national hero in the UK amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Andrew's Column: Is India's big lockdown saving lives?
What's going on here? Why are Europe and North America being hit hardest by a virus which originated in China? Why is much of Asia, Africa, and Latin America escaping with a much lower loss of life?
This virus DOES discriminate
There are trends which say something very uncomfortable about the western world. During this pandemic, people of colour are paying a heavier price in lives lost than those who are white. In the city that's the epicentre of the epidemic in the US, black New Yorkers are dying at twice the rate of the city's white residents. Latinos, too, are more vulnerable than average. In Britain, ethnic minorities make up one-in-seven of the population - but are believed to account for one-in-three of those in intensive care hospital wards with COVID symptoms. That's a shaming statistic. But nothing like as shocking as this: the fourteen doctors to die in Britain from the virus to date were all, all, non-white.
Big numbers, scary numbers
Behind the numbers indicating the number of deaths per day, and the overall COVID-related deaths in the United Kingdom and around the world, are personal and family tragedies.
Andrew's Column: Remind you of anywhere?
Keir Starmer is a class political act. He's a lawyer, and, before entering politics, held the very senior post of Director of Public Prosecutions. He's also a credible prime minister - which is not something you could really say of anyone who has led the Labour party over the past ten years.