Even an extremely competent government would have struggled with the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, around the world, many competent governments did struggle, and are struggling. I am no fan of French president Emmanuel Macron (a ghoulish neoliberal) or German chancellor Angela Merkel (a joyless puritan), but neither is as facially ridiculous as our current prime minister, and each has struggled significantly this year. Australia has handled things better, but not without its share of slip-ups. New Zealand is doing remarkably well. …


Alex Ryan

Alex left Oxford University in 2015 with a degree and depression. Now he teaches, writes, and tries to play music.

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