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Why truth will have its revenge

You might not think it but in the age of Covid-19, facts are finally back

By Rafael Behr   July 2020

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Boris Johnson’s dalliance with the science has ended, like most of his relationships, in acrimony. When he backed Dominic Cummings instead of the lockdown rules, Johnson abandoned any claim to rigour in his pandemic response. At the same time, he also squandered a precious moment of rapprochement between politics and facts. 

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