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The NHS isn’t ‘coping’ with Omicron – just ask doctors and patients

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“We tell ourselves stories in order to live,” wrote the late, great Joan Didion. But what if the narratives we compulsively weave end up being the death of us? Another 335 deaths within 28 days of a diagnosis of Covid...

I spent my house deposit on a boat to reach the Mokohinau Islands – the magic on our doorstep

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My entire experience of Auckland changed when I got a boat. It was the perfect antidote to a professional DJ lifestyle, where getting up at 5am to be on the water become immeasurably preferable to coming home at 5am f...

Talk of a No 10 Christmas party is an insult to the thousands who have died of Covid

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As I type this, feeling close to tears, not one single minister has been willing to publicly defend – or even describe – the government’s position on that party. Why? Because it is indefensible. No nuance, no shade. A...

Martin Clarke to step down as editor of MailOnline

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Martin Clarke, the editor of MailOnline, has announced he is leaving the website amid ongoing turmoil at the top of parent company DMG Media. The journalist will step down after 13 years in charge of the outlet, havin...

What price human life? Overworked NHS staff have to answer this every day

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A cynic, wrote Oscar Wilde, is somebody who “knows the price of everything and the value of nothing”. Nowhere do those words appear truer than in the matter of human life itself. What could be more distasteful than at...

Rikki Clarke prepares to leave crease for the last time … with one regret

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Somewhere among his old kit and other bits, Rikki Clarke has a fat scrapbook, full of dog-eared clippings from the summer of 2002. He was 20 and on a run of form that took him from Surrey’s second XI into the England ...

Scotland manager Steve Clarke signs contract extension until Euro 2024

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The Scotland manager, Steve Clarke, has signed a contract extension that takes him through to the end of the Euro 2024 campaign. His initial contract was due to expire at the end of this World Cup cycle. “Firstly, I ...

For a doctor, the Tories’ empty promises on hospitals are soul-destroying

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In my first year as a doctor, I witnessed the fetid reality of crumbling NHS real estate. Arriving at work one morning on the emergency assessment unit – the frenetic hub through which most of the hospital’s acutely u...

Kevin Clarke death: police watchdog reopens investigation

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The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has reopened its investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Kevin Clarke, a mentally ill black man who could be heard saying the words “I can’t breat...

Noel Clarke quits his own production company following sexual misconduct allegations

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Noel Clarke has left his production company, Unstoppable Film and TV, after allegations of bullying and sexual misconduct first reported in the Guardian in April. Clarke, 45, has left the firm – which produced his Sky...

Ken Clarke says he was not responsible for blood products during scandal

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Ken Clarke said he was not responsible for blood products during the early days of the infected blood scandal despite being a health minister at the time, an inquiry has heard. Lord Clarke, who was a Conservative hea...

If Johnson didn’t believe the ‘NHS overwhelmed stuff’, why was he clapping?

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Last October, in their first joint television appearance, Boris Johnson and his then fiancee, Carrie Symonds, showered praise on frontline NHS workers for their “courage and dedication” during the pandemic. “Thank you...

The NHS is already overstretched – dropping Covid restrictions will spell disaster for patients

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You have to hand it to Sajid Javid for sheer, barefaced doublespeak. At the start of the month he wrote an emollient letter to every single one of the NHS’s 1.3 million staff to assure us he felt “a deep affection for...

Scotland’s disco-fuelled return fizzles out with Steve Clarke short of ideas

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Somewhere along the road to Euro 2020 Steve Clarke and his players adopted Yes Sir I Can Boogie as their anthem and, in many ways, it has proved a great choice. Yet while the 1977 Baccara hit is infinitely more uplift...

Chelsea’s Billy Gilmour gets Euros call as Steve Clarke turns to Scotland youth

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Steve Clarke has opted to put his faith in youth after naming the uncapped trio of Billy Gilmour, Nathan Patterson and David Turnbull in the Scotland squad for this summer’s European Championship. Nineteen-year-olds G...

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