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What the rest of the world is saying about Britain (it’s not nice)

"From behind the walls of this historic house and garden in the heart of Hampstead, it is hard to believe that we are in the midst of a global pandemic." Head gardener Andrew Darragh takes us behind the scenes at Fenton House, Hampstead

"Quietly I suppose I feel quite proud of where I’ve got to. I was a wee girl from Annan who wanted to act when she grew up" Extras and After Life actress Ashley Jensen on Ricky Gervais, home life and finally calling herself an actress

"You’ve taken me from victim to survivor, and finally to proud mother. How will I ever repay you?" Katie Piper's letter of thanks to the NHS

When @jennykleeman  began investigating the future of motherhood for her latest book, she came face to face with an experiment that could have changed her life. She writes on the personal impact of exploring a radical new frontier for womanhood

Jess Phillips's brother Luke, who is just 20 months older than her, has always been close to his sister, but their relationship was pushed to breaking point by his 25-year battle with drug and alcohol addiction. Now he makes her beam with pride.

Ghislaine Maxwell, arrested by the FBI over her links to Jeffrey Epstein, was her father Robert’s favourite. But the late tycoon’s irrational rages damaged all his children.

David Simon has turned The Plot Against America, Philip Roth’s novel about a fascist becoming president, into a devastating TV series. Whatever made him do that? The Wire creator speaks to @BryanAppleyard  about his latest project.

The world’s closest known relative to the Covid-19 virus was found in 2013 by Chinese scientists in an abandoned mine Read the full insight investigation into the origins of Covid-19 here:

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Boris Johnson skipped five Cobra meetings on the virus, calls to order protective gear were ignored and scientists’ warnings fell on deaf ears Failings in February may have cost thousands of lives

It would not be until March 2 that Johnson would attend a Cobra meeting about the coronavirus. But by then it was almost certainly too late. Britain was on course for one of the worst infections of the most deadly virus in more than a century

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The Sunday Times has obtained a copy of the government's classified 'Yellowhammer' report on the chaos expected after a no-deal Brexit. Find out how Whitehall is preparing for food and medicine shortages, transport disruption and civil unrest in our comprehensive coverage.

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One day there will inevitably be an inquiry into the lack of preparations during those “lost” five weeks There will be questions about when politicians understood the severity of the threat, what the scientists told them and why so little was done to equip the NHS

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Any inquiry may also ask whether the government’s failure to get to grips with the crisis in those early days had the knock-on effect of the national lockdown being introduced days or even weeks too late, causing many thousands more unnecessary deaths

It took just an hour on January 24 lunchtime to brush aside the coronavirus threat. Matt Hancock bounced out of Whitehall after chairing the meeting and breezily told reporters the risk to the UK public was “low”.

Priti Patel, the home secretary, is at war with foreign secretary Dominic Raab after he allegedly blocked an initiative to allow victims of state repression and violence in Hong Kong to flee to the UK

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