Boris doesn’t want you to read this.

Failures of State

Jonathan Calvert & George Arbuthnott

The inside story of the UK’s response to the pandemic – from the Insight investigations unit at The Sunday Times.

Failures of State recounts the extraordinary political decisions taken at the heart of Boris Johnson’s government during the global pandemic.

Meticulously researched with unparalleled access to hundreds of inside sources, Failures of State lifts the lid on how the government sleepwalked into disaster – and tried to cover up its role in the tragedy.


“A devasting piece of journalism.”

Andrew Marr

One of the most important books of our time

Owen Jones

Listen to Stories of our Time series of podcast episodes dedicated to Failures of State with authors Jonathan Calvert and George Arbuthnott.