Politics 8 July 2010 In this week’s New Statesman: The battle for the soul of the Lib Dems John Pilger: Inside Obama’s Pentagon | Christopher Hitchens interview | The new war in Israel. Sign up for our weekly email * Print HTML Nick Clegg and the Lib Dem leadership may be at ease with the small-state, free-market Tories, but many of their MPs and activists are losing patience. In this week's cover story, Richard Grayson looks at the growing fault lines within the Lib Dems and asks if the party is destined to split. Elsewhere, in the politics column, Mehdi Hasan says that the Lib Dems, renowned for their ruthless and negative local campaigning, have brought these dark arts into government. Meanwhile, David Blanchflower warns David Cameron that he will have to eat his words after claiming that unemployment will fall each year from now. In international politics, John Pilger tells us what he discovered when he entered Obama's Pentagon and Sigrid Rausing reports on the growing rift between the secular right and liberal human rights groups in the Middle East. Also look out for my interview with Christopher Hitchens, in which the polemicist gives his verdict on David Cameron, discusses his campaign to arrest the Pope and explains why he's no kind of conservative. Subscription offer: 12 issues for just £12 PLUS a free copy of "The Idea of Justice" by Amartya Sen. › Top 10: the world’s most overpopulated countries George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman. Subscribe from just £1 per issue More Related articles Why it's far too early to declare Ukip dead The Brexiteers' response to John Major shows their dangerous complacency Northern Ireland's election: Will Arlene Foster pay the price for a domestic scandal?