In this week’s New Statesman: The Firm

David Starkey: “The Queen is a tough old boot” | Irwin Stelzer: How Labour could wrong-foot the coal

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This week's New Statesman looks inside Britain's ultimate political machine – the royal family. In the magazine, the historian Dominic Sandbrook explains why the Queen is such a skilled politician, Will Self decries the royal wedding as an overwrought prelude to a session of breeding and David Starkey calls Elizabeth a "tough old boot".

Elsewhere, Rob Brown argues that Alex Salmond's nationalist government has failed to bring Scotland any closer to independence. Irwin Stelzer urges Labour to attack the Tories over the EU, Alex Preston looks at the power of credit rating agencies to make or break both countries and companies, and Max Benitz reports from the front line in Afghanistan, on patrol with the Scots Guards.

Plus, Amanda Foreman looks at the dark side of empire, Alice Miles discusses her plans for the royal wedding and Kasia Boddy celebrates the glorious unpredictability of Bob Dylan.

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Telegraph fires environmental journalist Geoffrey Lean

Some have suggested the move is due to the newspapers' scepticism about man-made climate change. 

Geoffrey Lean, the respected enviromental commentator and reporter, has been "pushed out" of the Telegraph, according to the writer. Lean, who pioneered the role of environmental correspondent almost forty years, joined the Telegraph in 2009 after 16 years at the Independent. "Telegraph is pushing me out," Lean tweeted a few days ago. The Telegraph's International Business Editor, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, tweeted "Departure of climate veteran @GeoffreyLean v sad for Telegraph colleagues. Conservative newspaper has lost a tireless voice for conservation". 

The loss of the respected Lean, some believe, is due to his longstanding support for the idea that climate change is manmade. 

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