Desperately unhappy to learn of the dying of Paul Nicolson (Obituary, 10 April). Guardian readers might be acquainted with his sharply important however all the time constructive commentaries on authorities insurance policies over the previous decade. Now that Covid-19 has uncovered the inequalities created or exacerbated by austerity, and the lie that we had been all in it collectively, his passionate plea for social justice nonetheless must be heard.
Professor of Social Coverage, College of Sheffield
• My husband is among the 750,000 who signed as much as be an NHS volunteer and put himself ahead to telephone susceptible self-isolating folks (NHS coronavirus crisis volunteers frustrated at lack of tasks, three Could). Thus far he has not been allotted any duties however particulars on his app present that he has already accomplished 100 hours! He has now set himself the exhausting goal of finishing a 1,000 hours by the top of the month.
• Economist Basil Yamey is 101 (Birthdays column, four Could). Good to see he’s doing his greatest to defy the dictum of his fellow economist John Maynard Keynes that “in the long term, we’re all useless”.
• What? I made this chutney too. Does John Chambers (Letters, three Could) imply I’ve to attend a few months to eat it? That wasn’t within the deal!
• Boris Johnson: it was 50-50 whether or not to place me on a ventilator (Report, three Could). 52-48 absolutely.
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