The week that was

The best of the NS blogs this week

The Rod Liddle affair by George Eaton

Rod Liddle defends himself against accusations of racism. Spectator bloggers past and present get involved . . . Seriously, this comment thread is too good to miss

Obama: cult of personality by Mehdi Hasan

Mehdi Hasan took on Obama's "blind supporters" as the president received his Nobel Prize

War and peace by Simon Reid-Henry

Meanwhile, Simon Reid-Henry brought us a series of blogs from Oslo

Prescott on bulimia by Sophie Elmhirst

Some extras from our interview with the ex-deputy PM this week

Is a March election back on? by George Eaton

George Eaton explored the possibility of a March election

 

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The NS Podcast #230: It's (New) Party Time

The New Statesman podcast.

Helen is joined by Anoosh to consider whether a new political party would have any chance of success in the UK. Then they discuss the TV shows everyone really likes to watch but doesn't admit to and analyse why the quality of Don't Tell The Bride has declined. Finally, a bumper You Asked Us section including listener questions on social care, punching Nazis, the Tory economic agenda and more.

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:

The NS centenary debate from 2013 - did the left win the twentieth century?

Meet the Ivanka Voter by Anne Helen Petersen on Buzzfeed.

Anoosh on the EDL.

Why is Love Island so Tory?

How Don't Tell the Bride lost its spark

Take Me Out and the failures of feminism by Alan White.