A few months ago, one might have suggested the England football manager, Gareth Southgate; now we’re just as likely to plump for Jodie Comer in Villanelle mode. But whoever finds themselves lapping at the poisoned chalice can comfort themselves with the fact that, unlike Cromwell, their head won’t end up on a spike on London Bridge. These days, we just splash our enemies with a salted caramel drink or photograph them gently sobbing in the back of a Daimler. … [Read more...] about Wanted: a modern Thomas Cromwell to mend Brexit Britain
There are recipes galore on the internet, many of which, in my experience, will not work well. The making of the starter, over five days, is simple enough. Thereafter, there is room for error. The three key principles I have learned, for what it’s worth, are as follows. The starter needs to be lively before you start using it. Don’t miss out the “leaven” stage, which most recipes seem to omit; this is sort of another starter you make to get things going. And do the baking in a lidded pot, just big enough to accommodate the loaf. … [Read more...] about I have finally mastered the dark art of sourdough baking. Here’s how to do it
OK, so that bucolic vision vanished a while ago. I haven’t lived in Wisconsin for years. But on Tuesday the last faded shade of purple was washed away entirely when the divisions turned downright murderous. After a drawn-out battle between a Democratic governor and Republican legislature, the conservative Wisconsin supreme court issued a last-minute order telling confused election officials to proceed with the state’s primary election – despite a pandemic. … [Read more...] about Wisconsin decided to allow people to vote this week. People will die as a result
Over the telephone from New Delhi, social activist Harsh Mander urged me to look closely at images of the exodus. They’re overwhelmingly young, wearing jeans and clutching smartphones. India’s 21st-century economic model was built on them, and now they have walked out on it. “It’s because they have been completely thrown under the bus,” he told me. “You have made them lose faith in the government. The entire imagination of this lockdown is to keep 300 or 400 million people in the middle class safe, on the back of intense suffering unleashed on everyone else.” … [Read more...] about India’s leaders have panicked. Now the millions who power the country are suffering
Racial disparities have a history, and it is no surprise to see a colonial mindset at work in much of the coronavirus response. From some of the early failure to take advice seriously when it came from east Asian countries, to the debate in France about testing new vaccines on Africans (a time-honoured practice in which black lives are valued less). Covid-19 has a way of drawing out the rot in our systems and exposing them. … [Read more...] about If coronavirus doesn’t discriminate, how come black people are bearing the brunt?