In this week’s New Statesman: Who are the English?

Mehdi Hasan: in defence of multiculturalism | Will Self: Hague’s resistible rise | Maurice Glasman o

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This week's New Statesman is a special issue on Englishness in which we look at a nation in the grip of an identity crisis. Inside, Dominic Sandbrook provides a history of English radicalism, Mehdi Hasan disputes the claim that multiculturalism has failed, and Jon Cruddas argues that Labour must rediscover a politics of English virtue.

Elsewhere, Jonathan Derbyshire profiles the "Blue Labour" thinker Maurice Glasman, Samira Shackle asks if she is wrong to think of herself as equally English and Pakistani, and Helen Lewis-Hasteley talks to Antonia Fraser, who bemoans our obsession with class.

Also this week, Mehdi talks to Ed Balls, who admits that the last Labour government ran a structural deficit, David Blanchflower says there are unsettling parallels between Portugal and Britain, and Lana Asfour reports on a regime losing its grip on Syria.

All this, plus Kevin Maguire's Westminster diary, Laurie Penny on abortion rights and Will Self on the resistible rise of William Hague.

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.

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The NS Podcast #230: It's (New) Party Time

The New Statesman podcast.

Helen is joined by Anoosh to consider whether a new political party would have any chance of success in the UK. Then they discuss the TV shows everyone really likes to watch but doesn't admit to and analyse why the quality of Don't Tell The Bride has declined. Finally, a bumper You Asked Us section including listener questions on social care, punching Nazis, the Tory economic agenda and more.

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Further reading:

The NS centenary debate from 2013 - did the left win the twentieth century?

Meet the Ivanka Voter by Anne Helen Petersen on Buzzfeed.

Anoosh on the EDL.

Why is Love Island so Tory?

How Don't Tell the Bride lost its spark

Take Me Out and the failures of feminism by Alan White.