Britain’s Chumocracy

For a small clique of Tory-aligned business figures, the pandemic hasn’t been a crisis — it’s been a golden opportunity to hoover up government contracts and make millions.

In 1929, Hungarian author Frigyes Karinthy wrote a short story called ‘Chains’, in which he considered the implications of his fast-shrinking world. Karinthy’s characters invent the game ‘Six Degrees of Separation’: you pick an inhabitant of the earth — anyone at all — and create a network of personal acquaintances from you to them, using […]

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