Portrait of Josef Stalin (1933) by Isaak Izrailevich. Image: Bridgeman Art Library
H G Wells: “It seems to me that I am more to the Left than you, Mr Stalin”
By H G Wells - 18 April 9:00

In 1934, Wells arrived in Moscow to meet a group of Soviet writers. While there Stalin granted him an interview. 

Richard Hoggart (right) at the 1960 Pilkington Committee.
Richard Hoggart on why American novels are better than British ones
By Richard Hoggart - 11 April 15:27

From the archive, 6 September 1958: Working-class people "are attracted to certain American novels, I think, chiefly because they find in them a wider emotional keyboard and a more demotic (less class-defined) language than in most contemporary British novels."

Pipe dream: a 1980 portrait of Benn by Ralph Steadman.
Tony Benn: A fight for common sense
By Tony Benn - 28 March 15:03

In a piece originally published in the New Statesman on 31 March 1961, Tony Benn explains the decision to renounce his peerage.

“To say it country simple, most folks enjoy junk”: William S Burroughs on addiction, rehab and Opium Jones
By William S Burroughs - 05 February 17:08

On the centenary of his birth, we republish William S Burroughs's 1966 New Statesman essay on apomorphine, the drug which helped him kick his heroin habit in London.

New Statesman
Should we hang Mr Churchill or not?
By Clifford Sharp - 10 October 11:13

Reflections on the General Strike of 1926.

New Statesman
From the Archive: Paul Johnson on the Know-Nothing Left
By Paul Johnson - 26 September 13:01

The historian and journalist Paul Johnson made his name writing for and then editing (1965-70) the New Statesman, but gave up on socialism in the 1970s and became a Thatcherite.

Oswald Mosley.
Oswald Mosley: Memories of an unrepentant fascist
By Hugh Purcell - 22 August 6:00

Writer Hugh Purcell remembers encounters with Oswald Mosley, founder of the British Union of Fascists, whose last letter was a complaint to the NS.

Brazilian football team.
“A kitten with a ball of wool”: The Brazilians by Danny Blanchflower - 4 January 1963
By The Old Statesman - 16 August 14:00

From the archive: Football legend Danny Blanchflower on the 1963 Brazilian team after their appearance at Wembley, "prince and heirs" to the crown of world football.

Wax JFK.
Former NS editor John Freeman reacts to JFK's death: The man we trusted
By John Freeman - 15 August 8:50

29 November 1963: "The shock and the grief are universal and so great. Emotions have poured out - and they have gilded the truth."

Martin Amis smoking.
Martin Amis: Why I had to quit the New Statesman
By Bithia Large - 31 July 10:00

The BBC's Meeting Myself Coming Back this week features the novelist Martin Amis, who remembers his days as Literary Editor at the New Statesman and explains why he had to leave.

A portrait of D H Lawrence by Edward Weston, 1924
D H Lawrence: A Letter from Germany
By D H Lawrence - 24 July 11:42

"We have brought it about ourselves—by a Ruhr occupation, by an English nullity, and by a German false will. We have done it ourselves. But apparently it was not to be helped."

Moscow.
The Stalin-Wells Talk: The interview that defined the post-war British left
By Matthew Taunton - 18 July 12:45

In 1934 H G Wells interviewed Joseph Stalin in Moscow. The fallout from the meeting led to a battle between three intellectual powerhouses - Shaw, Keynes and Wells - each of whom argued for their own vision of socialism in the UK.

elson Mandela and his then-wife Winnie raise fists upon Mandela's release
From the NS, 19 January 1990: Mandela at large
By Ivor Powell - 04 July 18:26

After 27 years in detention the release of Nelson Mandela was awaited like a second coming. On the eve of the prison doors opening Ivor Powell wondered if he could fulfil these great expectations.

From the archive: An interview with Nelson Mandela on Bisho, de Klerk and the new South Africa
By Shaun Johnson - 04 July 18:12

On 7 September 1992, 28 ANC supporters and one policeman were shot dead in Bisho after protesting in an attempt to have the Xhosa “homeland” of Ciskei reincorporated into South Africa. Less than a month later, Shaun Johnson spoke to Nelson Mandela about h

Nelson Mandela: The mouse that roared
By Sarah Baxter - 04 July 17:59

From the New Statesman, 15 April 1994. The assassination of Chris Hani, the leader of the South African Communist Party, in 1993, proved a turning point. As the country threatened to erupt in violence, a date for the first multiracial general election was

Norman Mackenzie.
Norman Mackenzie: Editor, teacher, writer . . . spy?
By Adrian Smith - 28 June 14:41

Remembering the former NS staffer, who died on 18 June.

James Joyce in 1930.
31 October 1959: The Joyce Saga - Before Bloomsday and After
By William Empson - 16 June 13:07

William Empson on Richard Ellmann's classic James Joyce biography, from the NS archive.

Mandela in Randfontein, South Africa, November 1993, Getty Images
Mandela's power has come: The ANC's challenges in government
By Sarah Baxter - 10 June 16:50

While the ANC has spent years bravely resisting apartheid, it has no experience of government. Sarah Baxter assesses the problems facing Nelson Mandela in power.

Nelson Mandela in 1990, Getty images
10 June 1988: Mandela's image problem
By Marek Kohn - 10 June 15:35

Marek Kohn examines Nelson Mandela's image through the prism of the mass media world.

The newly crowned Queen Elizabeth II on the road in 1953.
13 June 1953: There's nothing like a Coronation to test one's scepticism, one's innate Republicanism
By Angus Wilson - 04 June 10:25

The novelist and short story writer Angus Wilson writing in the New Statesman on the Coronation festivities in Essex in 1953: "As our car came down the hill, we could see the jolly jack tar hats and ribbons that mark the merry morris, and there indeed it

New Statesman
3 July 2000: Does protest need a vision?
By Naomi Klein - 02 May 13:12

After worldwide May Day riots, Naomi Klein argues in favor of the anti-corporate movement's "decentralised" nature.

Vicky
Victor “Vicky” Weisz: A permanent sense of sorrow
By Philip Maughan - 02 May 7:59

“He really wanted to use the cartoon to change the world, to try to engineer opinions.”

Raphael.
John Berger: Drawing is discovery
By John Berger - 01 May 13:50

29 August 1953.

Malcolm X.
When the NS met Malcolm X
By Brian Glanville - 29 April 15:11

12 June 1964.

Indonesia.
8 March 1991: What feminism means to me
By The Old Statesman - 29 April 13:44

Diana Quick, Margi Clarke, Vanessa Redgrave and others.

Pages