“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.

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.

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

Pope Paul VI
Christopher Hitchens on the death of Pope Paul VI
By Christopher Hitchens - 28 February 17:26

"To judge by the tide of uncritical sentimentality which swept over the British press ... you might have thought that the Reformation had never taken place".

Two women listening to the radio on the beach
G D H Cole in 1927: “Whatever the BBC does is, of course, wrong.”
By Philip Maughan - 14 November 12:35

The Beeb has always been a space for debate on culture, ethics and standards.