As Britain’s death toll from Covid-19 passes 100,000, there is one burning question: why did so many have to die? Tom Clark, Gaby Hinsliff and Philip Ball chart the persistent failures—from both the chief scientists and the politicians. Former head of the Supreme Court Brenda Hale takes on the human rights sceptics and Rana Mitter asks whether China's grip on Hong Kong means the end of the historic freedoms in the city.
R W Johnson has left for South Africa after 30 years observing-and later advising-Labour politicians. Looking back to Harold Wilson and forward to Tony Blair, he reflects on the eternal cycles of British politics