It can’t be ‘big business as usual’ after coronavirus

2 Apr

Last week, a video went viral showing an angry Airbnb host ranting about the platform’s policy of allowing guests to cancel coronavirus-affected bookings penalty-free. The host seems to have believed a system of mutual obligation was in place between him and the company, and complained: “Maybe you’re good at big numbers, engineering the perfect algorithm, designing the […]

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Stay-at-home mums are ready for lockdown

25 Mar

When everyone is used to spending all day at work or school, how do you cope with all being suddenly stuck at home together? As a stay at home mum, then later as one half of a home-working couple, what most people call ‘lockdown’ has been more or less my normal for years. For those […]

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Will Covid-19 reawaken civil society?

19 Mar

Spare a thought for the travel influencers, whose whole raison d’être has just been spiked by coronavirus. Instagram personality Sarah Gallo, for example, has had her current itinerary cancelled and is quarantined in a cabin on a remote Norwegian island. She may be thrilled by the views, but the struggle (reports the NYT) is real: […]

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Why aren’t women having more babies?

13 Mar

Did feminism kill the birth rate? The circumstantial evidence is damning. The ‘Women’s Liberation’ movement kicked off in earnest in the Sixties and Seventies, demanding (among other things) free contraception and abortion on demand. And over the same decades, the fertility rate crashed. This should not be a surprise. Human babies take a long time […]

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Why are children’s books so ugly?

3 Mar

The best way to learn what someone really believes is to watch what they teach their children. For every ten middle-class families who pay lip service to the idea that manners are an outdated, classist construct, nine will still teach their children to use a knife and fork and say ‘Thank you for having me’. […]

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