The only Labour politician in power (above a local level) in the UK discusses his plan to save steelmaking, leadership advice for Jeremy Corbyn, and Labour’s Welsh Assembly election campaign.
With Ethereum being taken up by everyone from Microsoft to singer Imogen Heap, could this new cryptocurrency enjoy top-down success?
When medical students enter university, their mental health is no different from that of the rest of the population. By the end of their first year, however, it is significantly worse.
It is often claimed the driverless car revolution is imminent. But all the hype obscures more urgent problems.
It hadn’t dawned on me that some actors expect their every public utterance to be scripted, and I felt a strange wave of sympathy.
President Erdogan sees the Kurdish east in terms of a rebellion Ottoman province.
Down-to-earth coffee, anti-semitism in Labour and Javid steels himself.
Untroubled by history, Rome’s sportsmen and women play their games in Mussolini’s stadiums.
They, too, compromising to survive, and working within a system whose rules they did not choose.
First thoughts on Cameron and the Panama Papers, Caitlyn Jenner, and The Archers.
If he wants to be, Corbyn is safe until the next election. That means he's confident enough to use "the n-word": nationalisation.
The political community that is England is neither stable nor settled. But something is stirring among Chesterton’s secret people.
How the EU referendum exposed a crisis in the Conservative Party that will endure long after the vote.
As the star of trashy but impossible-to-ignore The Word, Christian has almost become a symbol of the 1990s. Now, he says, he'd fire himself if he was his own boss.
While fans’ eyes are fixed on the songs of the past, artists eye the future - and who can blame them?
Margaret Forster's posthumous novel has much to admire – from its tragicomic opening chapters to the authenticity of its unusual protagonist.
Steve Jones' new book is an ingenious tour of scientific innovation in the age of the guillotine.
Both writers were benificiaries of the post-war consensus. Now, Cockfosters and Public Library both make the case - in different ways - for access to reading.
It is 400 years since Shakespeare and Cervantes died. Together, they defy boundaries of time, and the conventions that keep street life separate from fantasy.
Today's reader of Mihail Sebastian's disturbing, existential exploration of alienation and self-loathing might benefit from footnotes - but the book still speaks to today's discontents.
Hsiao-Hung Pai's Angry White People asks what draws people to organisations such as the English Defence League - and finds a long-felt disaffection.
British-born "Jihadi John" became one of the most iconic figures in Islamic State's propaganda output. But how did he become a terrorist - and what do we know about his victims?
Kadare's story of a detective in a dictatorship is a ghost story twice over.
Exhibitionism: the Rolling Stones is upfront about one of the Stones' biggest innovations: the way they sold themselves.
Undercover is a pleasingly intriguing addition to the BBC's line-up. Plus: Workers or Shirkers? reviewed.
The Global Philosopher gave new meaning to the phrase "a face for radio". But isn't this how we all watch, now?
The first two thirds of Audiard's latest film are set up well - so why does it morph into Death Wish 3 by the end?
Oh look, there’s the latest edition of the New Statesman, and I dutifully buy my weekly copy. It is the last moment of internal peace I know all Thursday.
It's my policy, though, to argue about it. Or at least ask for "Hitler" on my coffee cup.
A rubbish league, the Southern media, and. . . Mourinho?
There have been times when I’ve felt sick to the stomach at what is being done worldwide by “people” - but the world is moving on a longer timescale than ours.
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