Nominations success for the New Statesman

NS editor Jason Cowley and deputy editor Jon Bernstein pick up nominations at BSME Awards.

The nominations for this year's BSME Awards (the Oscars of the media world) have just been released and there's more good news for the NS.

After winning the award last year, Jason Cowley has been nominated as Editor of the Year in the newspaper and current affairs category. And Jon Bernstein has been nominated as Website Editor of the Year. Thanks to all our readers.

Here are the nominations in full:

Editor of the Year (Newspaper and Current Affairs Magazines)

Gillian de Bono: How to Spend It (Financial Times)

James Collard: The Times Luxx (News International)

Jason Cowley: New Statesman (Progressive Media)

Michael Elliott: TIME (TIME Inc)

Sally Eyden: Fabulous (News International)

Louise France: The Times Magazine (News International)

Michele Lavery: Telegraph Magazine (Telegraph Media Group)

Merope Mills: Guardian Weekend (Guardian News & Media)

Website Editor of the Year (Consumer)

Jon Bernstein: (Progressive Media)

Ollie Brock: (Granta Publications)

James Dyer: Empire Online (Bauer Media)

Dolly Jones: -- UK (Condé Nast Digital)

Andrea McGinniss: (BBC Worldwide)

Nate Lanxon: (Condé Nast Digital)

Kay McMahon: (IPC Media)

David Moynihan: (IPC Media)

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.

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Is anyone prepared to solve the NHS funding crisis?

As long as the political taboo on raising taxes endures, the service will be in financial peril. 

It has long been clear that the NHS is in financial ill-health. But today's figures, conveniently delayed until after the Conservative conference, are still stunningly bad. The service ran a deficit of £930m between April and June (greater than the £820m recorded for the whole of the 2014/15 financial year) and is on course for a shortfall of at least £2bn this year - its worst position for a generation. 

Though often described as having been shielded from austerity, owing to its ring-fenced budget, the NHS is enduring the toughest spending settlement in its history. Since 1950, health spending has grown at an average annual rate of 4 per cent, but over the last parliament it rose by just 0.5 per cent. An ageing population, rising treatment costs and the social care crisis all mean that the NHS has to run merely to stand still. The Tories have pledged to provide £10bn more for the service but this still leaves £20bn of efficiency savings required. 

Speculation is now turning to whether George Osborne will provide an emergency injection of funds in the Autumn Statement on 25 November. But the long-term question is whether anyone is prepared to offer a sustainable solution to the crisis. Health experts argue that only a rise in general taxation (income tax, VAT, national insurance), patient charges or a hypothecated "health tax" will secure the future of a universal, high-quality service. But the political taboo against increasing taxes on all but the richest means no politician has ventured into this territory. Shadow health secretary Heidi Alexander has today called for the government to "find money urgently to get through the coming winter months". But the bigger question is whether, under Jeremy Corbyn, Labour is prepared to go beyond sticking-plaster solutions. 

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.