It was The Observer which sounded the clearest dissenting note. On Sunday 4 November, with troops poised to land in Egypt, the editor David Astor defied the government and ran an unprecedented editorial, largely written by the former Liberal MP Dingle Foot. Five weeks before, the paper had confidently predicted that Britain would never defy world opinion and launch an invasion. Now, with heartfelt and savage bitterness, Foot offered an apology. 'The events of last week,' he wrote, 'have proved us completely wrong; if we misled anyone, at home or abroad, we apologise unreservedly. We had not realised that our government was capable of such folly and such crookedness... Never since 1783 has Great Britain made herself so universally disliked.' Eden, he concluded, must go: 'Nations are said to have the governments they deserve. Let us show that we deserve better.' … [Read more...] about 1956: The year that changed the world
The National Institutes of Health in the US, and Baylor University in Waco, Texas, say they are working on a vaccine based on what they know about coronaviruses in general, using information from the SARS outbreak. But this may take a year or more to develop, according to Pharmaceutical Technology. … [Read more...] about Hand dryers won’t kill the coronavirus and nor will UV lamps: World Health Organization debunk 13 of the biggest myths surrounding the outbreak
Perhaps we’re making this too complicated. Why not stop pretending “greenness” is a measurable thing, and instead focus on the details we’re actually interested in? For example, which cities have the cleanest air or the lowest greenhouse gas emissions? Yet even then, it’s still difficult to find data of this type that has been collected and reported on consistently across a wide number of cities. … [Read more...] about Where is the world’s greenest city?
US state department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said: ‘We strongly support and encourage the work of US and international aid and health organisations to counter and contain the spread of coronavirus in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. … [Read more...] about North Korea faces fight for ‘national existence’ if coronavirus hits crumbling country
Behind all of Perry's work lurks an anxiety at the prospect of the inevitable failure of all that we hold dear to come up to our expectations. None of the ways in which we externalise our cherished beliefs are of any lasting significance. They will always be fleeting, transitory, applauded only by our local community – scorned and disparaged by those in another "tribe" whose mores hold our dreams at arm's length. … [Read more...] about Grayson Perry and the ‘national treasure’ problem