Britain’s efforts to house thousands of people amid the pandemic proves that even the most intractable problems are solvable—with enough political will.
Yasmeen SerhanBritain’s success in shielding its unhoused population from the worst of the pandemic is to be lauded, but it also raises a question: Why did it take a pandemic for this to happen?
Yasmeen Serhan“Although the coronavirus hasn’t solved Britain’s homelessness problem outright, it has proved what many within the housing and charity sectors have known to be true for years: that ... governments can bring people off the streets.”
As the pandemic has raged on, popular culture has found new ways to ask an old question: What could have been instead?
Yasmeen Serhan"To be alive in America right now is to be acutely aware of the paths not taken ... Our news is doubly haunted: by the horror of real loss, and by the shadow of what might have been."
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I ran away from institutional racism; I cannot watch while my adopted country moves toward it now.
Yasmeen Serhan"It may not be Apartheid, which was a seminal and unique event," writes Hirsh Goodman, who moved to Israel from South Africa in 1965. "But it would be separation under one sovereignty by ethnicity—and that is a red line I cannot cross."
Under the president’s control, U.S.-funded broadcasters could turn into a presidential propaganda machine.
Yasmeen Serhan"Until this week ... no U.S. administration had actually set out to destroy America’s international broadcasters or remove their independence. But now, finally, one has."
Why have Republican leaders abandoned their principles in support of an immoral and dangerous president?
Yasmeen Serhan"Each violation of our Constitution and our civic peace gets absorbed, rationalized, and accepted by people who once upon a time knew better. If ... Trump wins a second term, these people may well accept even worse."
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A touch more circumspection—rather than just bulldog bravado—might have saved the prime minister’s moral and political authority.
Yasmeen SerhanOne of my favorite things about @TomMcTague’s writing is its ability to seamlessly weave in the historical with the modern. Don’t miss his latest on the the Churchillian question Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings failed to ask