London in 2010

A glimpse into the not-so-distant future

london in 2010

Congratulations to the NS contributor William Wiles for unearthing a fascinating copy of the Observer magazine from 1989. It imagines what the London of 2010 might look like: trams (check), the "Thatcher Museum of Commerce" at Bankside (almost -- except we call it Tate Modern) and "crystalline telecommunications spires" (er, not quite).

Read all about it on Will's own blog.

If you're still in a reflective mood after that, make sure to read through our own Review of the Decade, if you haven't done that already.


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What did Jeremy Corbyn really say about Bin Laden?

He's been critiqued for calling Bin Laden's death a "tragedy". But what did Jeremy Corbyn really say?

Jeremy Corbyn is under fire for describing Bin Laden’s death as a “tragedy” in the Sun, but what did the Labour leadership frontrunner really say?

In remarks made to Press TV, the state-backed Iranian broadcaster, the Islington North MP said:

“This was an assassination attempt, and is yet another tragedy, upon a tragedy, upon a tragedy. The World Trade Center was a tragedy, the attack on Afghanistan was a tragedy, the war in Iraq was a tragedy. Tens of thousands of people have died.”

He also added that it was his preference that Osama Bin Laden be put on trial, a view shared by, among other people, Barack Obama and Boris Johnson.

Although Andy Burnham, one of Corbyn’s rivals for the leadership, will later today claim that “there is everything to play for” in the contest, with “tens of thousands still to vote”, the row is unlikely to harm Corbyn’s chances of becoming Labour leader. 

Stephen Bush is editor of the Staggers, the New Statesman’s political blog.