Europe escaped SARS in 2003 – and duly failed to plan for the next pandemic

Which, if any, expert estimates should we take seriously?

It comes as no surprise that Jeremy Corbyn leapt to Russia’s defence after the Salisbury poisoning

Expect Starmerism to make much more sense in practice than in theory

There’s no problem with a witchhunt when there really are witches

Three books portray a West unconscious of its past and uncertain of its future

The plan to remodel Lutyens’s grand capital is a monument to conceit

Waiting for a pandemic in West Virginia

The novelist and the philosopher linked by a common fascination with despair

The Democratic presidential hopeful’s record reveals a far-left fellow traveller with some very murky associates

Cryptocurrencies have gone from geek heaven to serious business

Boris Johnson may already have waited fatally long

Virtual reality is real enough to show man in his “natural” state

Benjamin Disraeli could change his mind without turning a hair

Literary reputations are made and broken by a self-appointed clique of bien pensant liberal intellectuals

Simon Heffer reviews Providence Lost: The Rise and Fall of Cromwell’s Protectorate by Paul Lay

Stephen Parkinson reviews The Fire is Upon Us: James Baldwin, William F Buckley Jr, and the debate over race in America, by Nicholas Buccola

Robert Hutton reviews Our Man in New York by Henry Hemming

Richard Reinsch reviews The New Class War By Michael Lind

How Canada reinvented its musical prowess

How we underestimate the women in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte

How the musical sensation, Six, uncovers more than just the stories of Henry VIII’s wives

Is this the end of the Elgin Marbles debate?

Lisa Hilton enjoys sublime food and hibiscus margaritas on an enchanting Mexican ranch

A simple, seasonal feast is best, says Felipe Fernández-Armesto

Christopher Pincher embarks on Lent, but allows himself to indulge in French white wine

Thomas Woodham-Smith on an old trade in a brave new world