Five of the Best

The top five comment pieces from today's papers.

Roy Hattersley explains how the new Speaker can stop Prime Minister's Questions "sounding like a bad afternoon in an infant school playground."

The Guardian's Gary Younge on why a Conservative victory "would improve nothing".

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown argues that in these straitened times the left should consider means-testing for child benefit and transport for the retired.

In the Telegraph, Nick Squires examines whether Silvio Berlusconi can ride out the sex scandals developing around him.

Sash Tusa
argues that abandoning Trident would relegate Britain to the "second rank of European countries".

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NS#235: The Circle of Boris

The New Statesman podcast with Helen Lewis and Stephen Bush.

Helen and Stephen are joined by satirist and Private Eye writer Craig Brown to discuss the royal family and his new book about Princess Margaret. Then they analyse the way that Boris Johnson's Brexit intervention was amplified by the right-wing media. Finally, they answer a vital question: will Corbynism dominate the Labour party forever?

You can subscribe to the podcast through iTunes here or with this RSS feed: http://rss.acast.com/newstatesman, or listen using the player below.

Further reading:

Helen's column about Universal Credit.

Craig Brown's book: Ma'am Darling: 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret.