In this week's New Statesman: The 50 people who matter

The world's most influential people | Ed Miliband interview | John Pilger on Westfield | Oliver Kamm

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In this week's New Statesman we publish our annual survey of the world's 50 most influential people, including Ai Weiwei, David Petraeus, Christine Lagarde, and Tim Cook. Pick up a copy of the magazine (out today in London and the rest of the country tomorrow) to find out who knocked Rupert Murdoch off the top spot.

Also this week, ahead of Labour's annual conference, we feature a series of interviews with some of the party's most influential figures. Ed Miliband speaks to Mehdi Hasan and explains why he's "ripping up the rule book", Tom Watson, the hero of the hacking scandal, tells Jon Bernstein what he's got planned next for News Corporation, and in a moving and poignant interview with Jonathan Derbyshire, New Labour pollster Philip Gould, who is dying of cancer, ponders what lies ahead for his beloved party.

Elsewhere, Stewart Wood, one of Ed Miliband's closest strategists, offers an intellectual routemap for the post-neoliberal era, Rafael Behr argues that the problem of "hung politics" is unresolved, and Alice Miles questions whether Amanda Knox is really guilty of murder.

All this, plus John Pilger on why the Westfield shopping centre reminds him of violence, Oliver Kamm on why the euro is essential and here to stay, and Laurie Penny on what she learned when she travelled to the Arctic.

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.

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Britain needs more great science writers – particularly from backgrounds which have been traditionally under-represented in the media.

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The final 2016 placement will take place this Autumn/Winter (the exact date is flexible) and will last for four weeks.

Over the course of the placement, the successful applicants will:

  • Work alongside the New Statesman web and magazine team, learning about the editorial and production process, and how articles are conceived, written, edited and laid out;
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Over the course of the placement, you will be paid London living wage.

To apply for the placement, follow the steps below and apply direct to the New Statesman. 

Please write an 800-word blogpost on a recent or upcoming scientific development which you feel has the potential to change lives significantly, explaining clearly and concisely what stage the research is at, and how it is likely to proceed. It should be written as if for the NS audience - interested, intelligent laypeople.

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Applications close on 30 September 2016. Interviews will take place soon after.

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