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Pick of the Week

A selection of posts made on newstatesman.com this week.

Mehdi Hasan takes Melanie Phillips to task and blogs in defence of Baroness Warsi.

Dan Hodges profiles Ed Miliband's new cyber-spinner.

Laurie Penny says the politics of aspiration is dead.

Jon Bernstein previews his interview with Jimmy Wales.

George Eaton looks at how Tube strikes have increased under Boris and explains why Barclays can't take the moral high ground.

Samira Shackle says more action is needed on cuts to disability benefits and highlights George Osborne's broken promises on bank bonuses.

Sholto Byrnes writes on building a multiracial society and in praise of libel laws.

Felicity Spector watches Barack Obama transcend a national tragedy.

Jonathan Derbyshire looks back on the literary life of John Gross.

Ryan Gilbey says the film director Peter Yates should be remembered fondly.