Meet the Writers
Monocle Reads: Failures of State
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25 March 2021
Jonathan Calvert and George Arbuthnott are journalists at the award-winning ‘Sunday Times’ investigative platform Insight. They speak to Georgina Godwin about their new book ‘Failures of State: The Inside Story of Britain’s Battle with Coronavirus’, a damning expose of the ineptitudes of Boris Johnson and his government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
25 March 2021
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