The Guardian

The Guardian 10 Dec 2019

Anywhere but Westminster


As election day nears, John Harris and John Domokos head for a SNP/Labour marginal and talk to people whose lives have been turned upside down by universal credit, a policy imposed by the Tories in Westminster.  But they also get immersed in grassroots social activism that gives cause for hope, and a working-class self-help organisation blazing a trail into the future

Six weeks into Britain's Covid-19 crisis, Anywhere but Westminster asks how a city keeps going when everything has ground to a halt. The team virtually visits Plymouth, population 250,000, to see how the services that are vital to a city and its inhabitants are scrabbling to stay afloat. The fishing industry is in meltdown, temporary housing is oversubscribed and nurses facilitate goodbyes over Zoom. Most of all, people are asking: what on earth happens after this?
In a matter of weeks, the coronavirus has swept the globe and dramatically changed the way we live our lives. Yet, that innate human need for sex and intimacy hasn't gone anywhere. But what does sex look like in the age of isolation, and how can we be truly intimate in the age of social distancing?
President Trump shared a video online featuring praise of his coronavirus response on March 27. But many of the quotes in the video were shared with missing context.
The elderly , especially those with underlying health conditions, are among the most vulnerable to COVID-19. As a result, most are staying home. But, many refuse to be cut off. CGTN's Roee Ruttenberg reports from Washington.

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