Things that look like Mandelson

Giving a whole new meaning to Peter's friends

Subscribers and regular readers of the magazine will be familiar with the lookalike feature we introduced when we relaunched the New Statesman back in September.

We kicked things off with some Boris-alikes (a poodle, Debbie Harry and, er, Stanley Johnson, among others).

A few weeks ago, we switched horses and are now looking for things which -- and people who -- look like the Business Secretary, Peter Mandelson. We were rather taken with the similarities between Mandelson and the pre-Live Aid Midge Ure (above) while, for our Christmas issue, we matched Mandy with Basil Fawlty. Really. It works.

Leave your suggestions in the comments below, or send them to editorial@newstatesman.co.uk.

Jon Bernstein, former deputy editor of New Statesman, is a digital strategist and editor. He tweets @Jon_Bernstein. 

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New Digital Editor: Serena Kutchinsky

The New Statesman appoints Serena Kutchinsky as Digital Editor.

Serena Kutchinsky is to join the New Statesman as digital editor in September. She will lead the expansion of the New Statesman across a variety of digital platforms.

Serena has over a decade of experience working in digital media and is currently the digital editor of Newsweek Europe. Since she joined the title, traffic to the website has increased by almost 250 per cent. Previously, Serena was the digital editor of Prospect magazine and also the assistant digital editor of the Sunday Times - part of the team which launched the Sunday Times website and tablet editions.

Jason Cowley, New Statesman editor, said: “Serena joins us at a great time for the New Statesman, and, building on the excellent work of recent years, she has just the skills and experience we need to help lead the next stage of our expansion as a print-digital hybrid.”

Serena Kutchinsky said: “I am delighted to be joining the New Statesman team and to have the opportunity to drive forward its digital strategy. The website is already established as the home of free-thinking journalism online in the UK and I look forward to leading our expansion and growing the global readership of this historic title.

In June, the New Statesman website recorded record traffic figures when more than four million unique users read more than 27 million pages. The circulation of the weekly magazine is growing steadily and now stands at 33,400, the highest it has been since the early 1980s.