Chris Johns

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The choice between individual and collective action lies at the heart of disputes over the timing of the end to the coronavirus lockdown.   Photograph:  Mark Ralston/AFP via Getty Images

What motivates those groups, often a small but loud minority, clamouring for an end to the lockdown? Hawaiian shirt-wearing “boogaloo boys” preparing (...)

An Post’s plans to enter the mortgage market in the first half of this year has been delayed as Covid-19 hit lenders.

An Post’s plans to enter the mortgage marketin the first half of this year has been delayed as Covid-19 hit lenders. Joe Brennan reports. As the cons(...)

Governments should keep much more spare capacity, more redundancy: rather than just-in-time cost management, just-in-case is what is needed.

The best guide to the future is often to be found in the stock market. Even so, it’s only a cloudy crystal ball. That’s the difficulty with forecastin(...)

In Italy, where Venice shopkeepers gathered on Monday to call for a reopening, the government has introduced a 30 per cent tax credit on advertising in certain media. Photograph: Marco Sabadin/AFP

With television ad breaks not overstaying their welcome at the moment, one particular commercial might be leaping out for some. “You know who I am? I’(...)

Banning parties isn’t very human but doesn’t carry much of a GDP cost.

Everyone comes up against the 80:20 law at some time or another. It’s a rule of thumb that tries to capture the idea that what is important isn’t very(...)

Brexiteers, climate change deniers and fans of Trump all have a similar narrative, one that says we should never have locked down in the first place. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

I try to avoid explaining the gyrations of the stock market. It involves erroneously linking correlated events in a causal way. “Good news on coronavi(...)

Everybody has a shopping list for the post Covid-19 world. Most of us will demand a better health service, an end to homelessness and lower inequality. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters

Everybody has a shopping list for the post-Covid-19 world. Most of us will demand a better health service, an end to homelessness and lower inequality(...)

Apple’s €13 billion in back taxes – plus interest – could furnish Ireland €15 billion to help combat the economic damage of coronavirus. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Where will the money come from? The cash being thrown at economies around the world will, in the first instance, be borrowed. Ultimately, taxes will h(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson with chief medical officer Chris Whitty(left) and Patrick Vallance, its lead science adviser. Photograph: Bloomberg

Having given up on experts, UK politicians cannot now open their mouths without uttering the stock phrase, “we are guided by the science and medical a(...)

A Wild Atlantic Way sign near village of Kilcrohane on the Sheeps head peninsula in West Cork. Hotel occupancy rates in rural areas are well behind those in Dublin, according to data from the Irish Hotels Federation. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

A dispute over the ownership of 16 apartments and three commercial units threatens their proposed sale for €5.1 million, the Commercial Court has been(...)

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