In this week’s New Statesman: The new age of ideas

The truth about the Milibands | Gove’s Thatcherite agenda | The World Cup and women.

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More than 200 years on from the original, it might just be time for a 21st-century enlightenment and in this week's cover story, Matthew Taylor, head of the Royal Society of Arts, outlines the new political and social ideas that will define our future.

Elsewhere, as the Labour leadership race warms up, James Macintyre uncovers the truth about the fascinating duel between David and Ed Miliband. And online, don't miss our essential guide to where the candidates stand on the key political issues.

In this week's politics column, Mehdi Hasan takes Michael Gove to task over his education reforms and warns that they will widen, not narrow, the gulf between the rich and the poor. Also look out for Alice Miles on why the World Cup is good for the family, Kevin Maguire's Westminster diary, and our complete guide to the deficit, national debt and the coming cuts.

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George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.

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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.