Peter Wilby

Peter Wilby was editor of the Independent on Sunday from 1995 to 1996 and of the New Statesman from 1998 to 2005. He writes a weekly column for the NS.

Articles in First Thoughts

UK Politics
2014-02-06 08:33:35

Labour proposes to restore a 50p tax rate,

Newspapers
2013-10-10 14:14:49

When politicians are subjected to a personal but non-lib

UK Politics
2013-07-25 07:43:19

Horror stories about the National Health Service come th

Media
2013-07-18 07:53:48

Ed Miliband may be right to propose that union members s

Politics
2013-07-11 07:00:23

One can see why MPs think they ought to have the pay ris

Helen Lewis
2013-07-04 07:47:37

Every politician should have a “thing”.

Politics
2013-06-13 11:03:20

As I write, the Bilderberg Group is holding its annual c

UK Politics
2013-06-06 12:30:55

I have a shocking confession.

Economics
2013-05-23 14:52:45

It’s clear that the Tories don’t want to join a European

UK Politics
2013-05-16 14:24:52

In the wake of Ukip’s success in the county council elec

Broadcast
2013-05-02 06:21:39

We hear much about the supposed “left-wing” bias of the

Tax and spending
2013-05-01 14:49:45

No, I shall not be handing my pensioner perks back to th

Economics
2013-03-27 08:54:24

The deal to bail out the Cypriot banks by imposing a lev

2013-03-26 16:58:31

The death of Boris Berezovsky is a timely reminder that

Helen Lewis
2013-03-21 08:02:15

It’s no wonder the trial of Chris Huhne and Vicky Pryce

UK Politics
2013-03-14 14:49:09

“Don’t make a fuss!” was the Daily Mail’s front

Politics
2013-03-07 06:35:56

Should George Osborne, the apparently omnishambolic Chan

Newspapers
2013-02-28 07:03:52

The Food Standards Agency and the Financial Services Aut

UK Politics
2013-02-14 04:56:13

Faced with the charge of dodging a speeding penalty, Chr

Politics
2013-02-07 05:01:04

As I understand the government’s approach to childcare,

Business
2013-01-31 05:19:03

Stock markets around the world are soaring.

Newspapers
2013-01-24 05:34:31

The two most significant dates in recent history, I some

Financial services
2013-01-18 05:29:11

As we looked at the US and breathed a sigh of relief as

Helen Lewis
2013-01-03 05:17:53

On Christmas Day, a two-and-a-half-year-old girl died in

Media
2012-12-19 05:36:11

The departure of James Harding from the Times e

Politics
2012-12-13 06:01:27

How Labour should respond to the government’s programme

UK Politics
2012-11-08 04:57:00

When he set up a committee on smog in 1952, Harold Macmi

Comment
2012-11-01 05:18:58

Poor countries are hard hit by extreme weather because t

Sport
2012-10-25 07:34:09

During the hacking scandal, it emerged that James Murdoc

Society
2012-10-11 05:43:13

Revelations of Jimmy Savile’s behaviour towards girls un

UK Politics
2012-09-20 07:20:45

Michael Gove, announcing the abolition of GCSEs and the

2012-09-12 14:42:15

The talk at the TUC conference was of a winter of strike

Economics
2012-09-06 06:02:22

When you listen to the row over this year’s GCSE results

Society
2012-08-29 14:28:07

Before Neil Armstrong (who died on 25 August) set foot o

Culture
2012-08-23 05:41:22

When I was a child, I was taught that the British were p

2012-08-15 13:23:11

I feel like a grumpy parent who, finding the house clean

2012-07-18 16:03:31

The Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, is p

Financial services
2012-07-04 15:36:38

 If I ever get to christen a “Lewis’s law”, I’d like it

Helen Lewis
2012-06-20 16:48:10

“You’re a Bolshevik feminist Jewess.” That was one of th

UK Politics
2012-06-13 15:37:26

Ministers’ appearances before the Leveson inquiry, like

Media
2012-06-06 13:41:05

“Why WERE they left to shiver in rain for 4 hours?” dema

Politics
2012-04-25 15:18:44

For several days before James Murdoch’s appearance at th

Politics
2012-04-18 15:47:25

In 2010, a Stockport café owner was refused retrospectiv

UK Politics
2012-02-27 00:00:00
Newspapers
2011-11-28 00:00:00
UK Politics
2011-11-10 14:46:40

Desmond v Dacre redux, the clamour from Occupy

UK Politics
2011-09-19 00:00:00
International Politics
2011-09-12 00:00:00
International Politics
2011-03-31 11:45:27
Politics
2011-01-27 13:08:01
International Politics
2011-01-20 10:53:45
Law
2011-01-06 07:20:00
UK Politics
2010-12-29 10:47:48
Politics
2010-12-29 07:25:20
Politics
2010-12-09 07:11:28
UK Politics
2010-11-25 07:25:57
Politics
2010-11-18 08:12:50
UK Politics
2010-11-11 07:32:49
Politics
2010-11-04 07:17:04
Politics
2010-10-21 07:17:26
UK Politics
2010-09-30 07:23:02
UK Politics
2010-09-23 08:58:12
Politics
2010-09-09 07:15:20
Politics
2010-08-26 07:21:16
Politics
2010-08-19 07:16:21
Politics
2010-08-12 07:12:36
Politics
2010-08-04 23:36:53
Culture
2010-07-29 07:13:33
Politics
2010-07-22 07:11:58
Politics
2010-07-15 00:14:42
UK Politics
2010-07-08 00:11:32
Politics
2010-07-01 07:08:28
UK Politics
2010-06-24 06:30:41
Politics
2010-05-27 06:36:26
UK Politics
2010-05-21 08:08:49
Politics
2010-04-22 07:06:30
Lifestyle
2010-04-15 07:07:54
Politics
2010-04-07 11:19:03
Society
2010-03-18 07:11:16
UK Politics
2010-02-22 08:21:57
UK Politics
2010-02-11 07:09:35
UK Politics
2010-02-04 06:28:13
UK Politics
2010-01-28 07:06:14
UK Politics
2010-01-21 07:37:49
Human Rights
2010-01-14 06:27:41
Politics
2010-01-07 06:30:58
Law
2009-12-30 06:16:04
UK Politics
2009-12-17 07:06:57
Politics
2009-12-10 05:47:22
UK Politics
2009-12-03 05:20:03
UK Politics
2009-11-26 05:41:38
Politics
2009-11-19 05:52:17
UK Politics
2009-11-12 05:43:16
Politics
2009-11-05 05:55:47
UK Politics
2009-10-29 07:51:49
Politics
2009-10-22 07:48:58
Politics
2009-10-15 07:38:24
Politics
2009-10-08 05:46:12
UK Politics
2009-10-01 07:13:02
UK Politics
2009-09-24 05:50:59
Politics
2009-09-10 07:56:52
Politics
2009-09-03 07:19:24
Politics
2009-08-27 07:07:15
Politics
2009-08-20 07:40:53
Politics
2009-08-13 07:24:42
Politics
2009-08-06 08:11:13
UK Politics
2009-07-30 08:03:59
Politics
2009-07-23 12:00:10
UK Politics
2009-07-16 10:37:36
Politics
2009-07-09 10:29:42

With every day that passes, it becomes clearer that thos

Society
2009-07-02 11:18:45

It has already been suggested in certain quarters that M

UK Politics
2009-06-25 10:37:05

Daniel Finkelstein, a Times columnist and a former direc

Politics
2009-06-18 09:53:21

I do not care whether the Iraq inquiry is held in public

UK Politics
2009-06-11 12:12:09

Less than a year ago, we all speculated about whether ca

UK Politics
2009-06-04 17:48:55

I suppose, when you think about it, government by celebr

Politics
2009-05-28 13:10:28

Those who quote Cromwell’s “In the name of God, go!” mis

UK Politics
2009-05-21 11:37:48

Whenever it is suggested that MPs’ expenses be cut, some

UK Politics
2009-05-14 10:02:25
UK Politics
2009-05-07 11:22:42

I am sorry to rain on Joanna Lumley’s parade, but I have

UK Politics
2009-04-30 12:21:27

Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells is leaving us.

UK Politics
2009-04-23 12:45:44

Why are the most successful blogs on the right?

Lifestyle
2009-04-16 09:15:33

There is surely a simple solution to the scandal of MPs’

UK Politics
2009-04-09 09:18:40

Why do people keep saying things such as “40 per cent of

UK Politics
2009-04-02 11:47:35

I have been reading a new book called Operation Snakebit

UK Politics
2009-03-26 10:11:38

It is surely time for another big government resignation

UK Politics
2009-03-12 09:28:44

When I edited this magazine from 1998 to 2005, it took a

Politics
2009-03-05 10:49:45

What can be done about Fred the Shred, the former Royal