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Covid-19 changes everything—or does it?

We’re not going to be able to resist recreating the old world, in all its inhumanity, when the crisis lifts

By Stefan Stern  

Shopping and death. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/PA Images

It was the queue that did it. The long, silent queue, more or less regularly spaced, curving round the outside of Sainsbury’s, the place I have been successfully hunting and gathering first for my wife and I, and subsequently for two children, two cats and a dog, for almost 20 years. It is a small and unglamorous corner of south London, but it is mine.

Well, it was. Because on this day, for the first time, I could not casually ride up…

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