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As Tony Blair prepares to step down, we mark the occasion in next week's issue with verdicts from Britain's top writers.

David Marquand and Geoff Mulgan set the scene. David Hare looks at war and truth; John Gray detects the hand of a previous premier; and Suzanne Moore pinpoints how Britain has changed.

We have exclusive images from the artists Ralph Steadman, Peter Kennard, Robert Del Naja and Stanley Donwood that sum up the Blair years. Our former editors John Lloyd, Ian Hargreaves and Peter Wilby reflect on the NS, Labour and their fraught relationship. On a lighter note, we have haikus from Alex James and Tom Paulin and reminiscences from many more.

Led by our political editor, Martin Bright, we will provide incisive coverage of the handover and the start of the Brown era. Over the past year we have set the agenda with a series of exclusives and interviews. As Britain moves into a new era, the NS will continue to lead the debate.

John Kampfner, Editor