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"When people become hugely successful and find fame and they suddenly become monsters — I don’t think that’s a thing. I don’t think it changes people," says Jodie Comer

For centuries it has been a staple of a British Christmas, but lovers of blue-veined Stilton cheese may need something else to accompany their glasses of port this year

In the wake of The Secret Footballer and The Secret Barrister — both anonymous insiders who wrote best- sellers under a pseudonym — comes The Secret Head Teacher, a book describing the harsh realities of under-performing schools in Britain

"Local strolls are all the fun we can have right now, but is that so bad? My belief is that we never needed to jet all over the world to find excitement and novelty — the wild has always been right at hand if we have the courage to seek it out." ✒️ @wself 

£280bn today would pay for two Apollo space programmes, which sent astronauts to the moon in the 1960s and 70s at a cost of $25bn

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“Most people want to do the right thing, but if they see others flagrantly breach the rules and nothing happens they won’t want to buy into it"

The modern space race is not a battle between rival nations or political doctrines. It is a trial of strength between two science-fiction-obsessed billionaires who had bought everything money can buy on Earth

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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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A Sunday Times Insight investigation can today reveal that thousands of elderly people were denied potentially life-saving treatment to stop the health service being overrun - contrary to the claims of ministers and NHS executives

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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