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The 2010 general election was defined by a conspiracy of
After Ed Miliband delivered his speech at this year’s La
Next spring, the Labour Party will convene a special con
Something terrible happened in the final months of the S
The British press is having one of its periodic spasms o
For decades after the Thatcher revolution of the 1980s,
Labour enters its penultimate conference before the next
The opening years of this parliament provided few opport
The start of the Ashes Test series between England and A
As the House of Commons rises for the summer recess, Bri
The Labour Party’s relationship with its affiliated trad
The art of political leadership lies in turning crisis i
According to George Osborne’s original plan, the £11.5bn
In much of Westminster, Alex Salmond’s campaign for Scot
We live in the age of the cult of the central banker.
Ed Miliband and Ed Balls have been forced to acknowledge
So, farewell then, Frank Gallagher, the foul-mouthed but
The aim of terrorism is to induce panic and fear among b
After his election as Conservative Party leader in 2005,
Bees are everywhere, except for where they should be.
The coalition government entered office promising a new
It is an irony of modern politics that the more the poli
As well as enduring the slowest economic recovery in mor
There is a sensible and an absurd aspect to the debate a
12 April 1913
12 April 1913
Ever since the Thatcher era, British politics has been d
The coldest March on record is not, as you might assume,
“The only security of all is in a free press.”
Confronted by the threat of a third recession in four ye
Opponents of George Osborne’s austerity programme have a
On 19 March 1813, David Livingstone was born into povert
In the demonology of the left, Michael Ashcroft ranks so
Commentators routinely refer to “the new South Africa”,
The most telling part of Hilary Mantel’s comments on the
It was the belief of those leaders who participated in t
“Its anarchic methods may not be ideal, but WikiLeaks im
The announcement that the human remains found beneath a
Rarely in recent history has the Conservatives’ self-ima
The idea of Scottish independence is an ancient one – fo
On 28 January, French and Malian troops liberated Timbuk
Perhaps no global leader inspires greater adulation and
In November last year, President Obama said, after a scr
Shortly before the last general election, David Cameron
Shortly after his election as Conservative leader, David
Obituaries for paper and the printed press are written a
The government presents its far-reaching changes to the
“England is, indeed, insular and maritime, linked by
“The supremacy of a social group
Since the global economic crisis began, the United State
“Economics are the method; the object is to change t
As a Conservative backbencher in 2003, David Cameron vo
Soon after Lord Justice Leveson published the results of
It is easy to forget how confident George Osborne was th
Few reputations in British political history are as appa
The British press has long been allowed to regulate itse
There are some who dismiss the work of Terry Pratchett a
One of the most bitter literary feuds of recent decades
If there is one consolation that the BBC can draw from t
Viewed from Britain, often through the prism of scornful
Although there was no repeat of the euphoria that greete
If Barack Obama has fallen short of the expectations of
It is a challenge, and also a privilege, to have the op
One of David Cameron’s earliest and best insights was th
Reaction to the death of Eric Hobsbawm at the age of 95
After winning the Conservative leadership in 2005, David
Ed Miliband returns to Manchester, the scene of his vict
As the Liberal Democrats gather for their third annual c
Congratulations to our columnist Will Self who has been
The English education system is bewilderingly fragmented
If, as George Osborne is fond of declaring, the coalitio
The New Statesman has published poetry since it
For the first time since he became Labour leader in 2010
Satirical irreverence, like queuing, has long been a nat
In February 2010, George Osborne hailed a “really signif
The London Olympics have been both a resounding sporting
London is a city of extremes: of extravagant wealth and
The last time the Liberal Democrats were looking to elec
The window of opportunity for a “two-state solution” to
Parliament packs up for the summer holidays on Tuesday.
For much of the 20th century, the Conservative Party was
When David Cameron became Conservative leader in 2005, B
For more than two years, Europe’s leaders have delayed a
Contrary to reports, gay marriage is one policy on which
Karl Kraus, the great satirist, called fin de siècle Vie
The eurozone that emerges from the crisis will be unreco
Britain is swept up in patriotic fervour as the Queen’s
Even by the depraved standards of Bashar al-Assad’s regi
In 2006, on the 350th anniversary of Jewish resettlement
The Greek coalition talks have broken apart.
When David Cameron became Prime Minister, he vowed to ho
Editor's note: The New Statesman always argued that
How should a free society respond to terror?
Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese pro-democracy leader and p
The charge of incompetence is the deadliest that one can
The Chancellor's "fiscally neutral" Budget will do littl
The murder of 16 Afghan civilians by a rogue US soldier,
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II would like you to think o
‘‘If I could rerun the past,” says the new Transport Sec
Nine months ago, Gordon Brown won plaudits for interveni
It was Alan Greenspan who first let slip.
The financial crisis is, as everyone knows, far from ove
As Iran’s mullahs continue to crack down on protesters,
He is a white, male, Conservative MP, once so right-wing
The social-democratic parties of the conventional centre
These are great days for the metaphor, the simile, the h
Now, to celebrate summer:
Gordon Brown is, as we go to press, fighting for his own
Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat leader, has had a good
George Orwell, whose novel Nineteen Eighty-Four
Pre-festival, all the talk about Cannes was gloomy: how
The mood at the New Statesman is sombre following the re
What is left of New Labour, beyond a buzz-phrase that re
"What hath God wrought?”, said Samuel Morse, in the firs
Of all those unpleasant headlines of the past week it wa
It is with admiration that we greet the decision by Jere
In our last issue we were blunt: “Politics must renew; L
The wines of Australia have long brought pleasure to the
Whether you are secular
It is not often that we draw especial attention to the m
If the economic crisis is global, politics remains defia
For decades now, the story of churchgoing in Britain has
Not so long ago, it was being said by some of those clos
As Alex Ferguson says on page 20, sport can learn much f
The memorable events of history, wrote the psychologist
Like Tony Blair before him, Gordon Brown appeared more c
The 3 March terror attack on the Sri Lankan national cri
It is 30 years since Margaret Thatcher entered No 10, se
David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, is often caricatu
There are many characteristics we associate with Gordon
Predictably the global financial crisis has led to an ou
In its 1997 election manifesto, Labour pledged to abolis
Rabbit is finally at rest.
The overwhelming excitement that surrounded President Ob
In any count of the phrases most used by postwar western
The devastating air assault on the Gaza Strip which bega
This has been a year of profound cultural and political
Tackling abuses of the welfare system is a necessary (an
This has been the week of the whistleblowers.
"The heat of a campaign": this was the phrase Barack Oba
What is remarkable about the debate over how the governm
It seems only yesterday that wise commentators were talk
Few of us who lived through the recession of the late 19
Let us hope that, like a pantomime drunk, we are pushing
This is a time of reckoning.
In considering how best to bring Britain out of recessio
It was not the best of times to be reminded that politic
In his celebrated speech to the 2004 Democratic National
During the summer, as Labour remained fixed at more than
Brigadier Mark Carleton-Smith and Sir Sherard Cowper-Col
The momentous economic events mark the end of free-marke
Gordon Brown made two important speeches at Labour's ann
Labour delegates meet in Manchester in the middle of pro
Gordon Brown has made mistakes, including the huge one o
The First TransPennine Express rail company has announce
David Cameron's various interventions in the Russo-Georg
Throughout its years in government - from Tony Blair's f
Maybe Gordon Brown would be under less pressure from his
We need bees.
House prices are dropping, unemployment is rising, home
What, in relations with the west, is Russia's problem?
Before they began on 8 August, the Beijing Olympics prom
If there was anything memorable about the recent "leaked
The life of Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who died on 3 August
When the Grand Pier at Weston-super-Mare was consumed by
Launching changes to the incapacity and unemployment ben
Is the class war over?
The Youth Crime Action Plan, which has been months in th
Who needs a misogynist like Alan Sugar when we have a wo
It was bad luck for Gordon Brown that media excitement a
During the 11 years that Labour has been in power it has
Younger readers may not even know the phrase, but unions
In March this year, as the Treaty of Lisbon bill proceed
It is a tribute to the fortitude of the people of Zimbab
Gordon Brown has insisted that he is sticking to his pri
Depending on which version of the new Labour tragicomedy
It is an attractive illusion that democracy involves com
At the time of writing, Gordon Brown is still best place
It is a regrettable truth about electorates that they us
If the bank crisis weren't so ugly, there would be somet
The London and local elections will be the first ballot-
For once, the preoccupations of the rich world coincide
The severe dip in the Prime Minister's poll rating is, p
The jury at the inquest into the death of Diana are to b
Hard on the heels of a spate of reports suggesting that
The first 59 years were the easiest, the members of the
The dividing lines of the next election are beginning to
As the Treaty of Lisbon bill proceeds to the Lords, the
The chances for Middle East peace have never seemed blea
The directors of Centrica have been wise to stay in hidi
In July 2003, in the week following the death of David K
Once in a generation a resistance movement arises that t
A week ago, on these pages, we drew attention to the lev
One of Gordon Brown's first moves on taking power was to
In the more moneyed parts of London, it is hard to avoid
Mendacity, stupidity or audacity?
At 10.45am on Wednesday 9 January, justice was done in a
Over the past decade one country has caused more alarm i
A year ago, as the end appeared nigh for Tony Blair, a p
Whenever Colin Powell tried to engage Ariel Sharon, he h
In the course of the last Labour party conference, senio
The reality was a good deal more sophisticated than the
One event on a busy 6 November best captured the contrad
Forty years ago, parliament passed the 1967 Abortion Act
For those of a nostalgic disposition, there was somethin
Pity the Liberal Democrats.
Beware the politician who promises to play by the rules.
To understand the nature of current British politics, it
Obliterating the opposition has been Gordon Brown's firs
It's official: Britain can keep its pounds and ounces.
On the face of it, it might not seem such a big deal, th
It must be hell being rich in Britain these days.
This month, two men were killed on the streets in unpred
A cynic might observe that any group trying to disrupt H
It is already an orthodoxy, and one which future histori
Gordon Brown knew what he didn't want in foreign policy.
In the good old days, when gentlemen held doors open for
It is a little-remembered fact, but when George W Bush c
When political parties spin a line and journalists succu
This has been a good start for Gordon Brown.
Perhaps it was appropriate that Tony Blair pursued his s
There are few places as squalid as Gaza.
More than a month has passed since Tony Blair set himsel
This Labour government, more than any other, has deprive
Britain is going through one of its regular convulsions
Don't blink, because you might miss it.
What if General Galtieri had not invaded the Falklands 2
It was sad, but salutary, that Labour was so roundly def
Tony Blair should not be leaving us now: he should have
In September 2004, Vladimir Putin summoned the then poli
When in trouble, politicians simplify the ills of the ot
A news event long predicted can mistakenly lose its impa
Asked at a private gathering why the government backed m
Does Tony Blair rue the moment when he declared: "Our ai
For more than a decade, governments have grappled with t
What is the role of our government and what is its relat
It has become a mantra of some in new Labour that there
Information is power, and any government's attitude abou
Operation Blair Legacy is in full swing.
It has been said many times, but it is always worth repe
The government response to the outbreak of H5N1 avian fl
What odds a full house - three Levys and two Blairs?
Even more shocking than the violence and the official co
Was it embarrassment or a healthy absence of bombast tha
In Steven Spielberg's Minority Report, such is
It was right that it happened this way.
A political year in Britain that could not come soon eno
It was the not so late, and not so great, Donald Rumsfel
A thief has run off with the crown jewels and a nation i
The Russia of the 1990s is remembered with fondness in t
It matters that John Reid may run for the Labour leaders
Finally, yes finally, it seems that America has woken fr
Such is the intellectual and political slightness of mod
Two weeks ago we featured on our cover a story entitled
Britain is a tolerant country, even if sometimes it seem
In January 2002, George W Bush declared that America "wi
Politicians and the mainstream media, usually perceived
Gordon Brown had two tasks at the Labour conference: to
Regrettably, Labour does not have a new leader in time f
While attention has been elsewhere - in the case of the
It should not have come to this.
New Labour has, for all the hubris, rarely been comforta
Britain is experiencing probably the most sustained peri
There is a link between this country's foreign policy an
When the Home Secretary, John Reid, says he wants a "mat
In attacking the ABC classification system for controlle
As members of parliament depart for their long summer br
For a military conflict to cease, one of three factors m
The central problem of the Blair government has always b
When Tony Blair followed George Bush into Afghanistan, a
It is debilitating to feel powerless.
While one event taking place in the heart of Europe capt
They make our cities work. They keep our economy going.
It might seem strange, perverse even, to talk about the
One of the untold stories of the Iraq war has been the d
The church is doing it.
Shabbiness of several kinds underpins the controversy ab
As John Reid, the Home Secretary, finds his way around h
Citizenship takes many forms and works at several levels
How can this government stand accused simultaneously of
As the climax to the Queen's 80th birthday celebrations
Courage takes many forms.
He might look like a superannuated nightclub bouncer.
When America's mainstream media give prominence to green
Most people can pinpoint the moment they gave up on Tony
Does Tony Blair cry into his pillow when he thinks of Ir
Two images reflect everything that has gone wrong with t
Out of sight of some, and out of mind of many, a fledgli
Some leadership contests excite. Some disappoint.
The immaculate succession?
The New Statesman has never been afraid to ruff
One of the more valid criticisms of journalism is that i
Compromise is a curious creature.
The pervs are everywhere - under the bed, in the gym, in
Politics, the headlines scream, is getting exciting agai
It was Tony Blair who brought history into it.
It is one of the enduring perceptions of the modern left
One part of the new Labour psyche has been consistently
The question is not: can we sustain our energy supply wi
He's done it several times before on a smaller scale, so
John Stevens was regarded in his force as the copper's c
Tony Blair gambled spectacularly and has lost spectacula
The only surprise is that there is any surprise.
For all the accusations of hubris, there is something lu
Push me, pull me.
What do these measures have in common?
Whatever else its shortcomings, Turkey cannot be accused
The theory was eloquently set out by Jack Straw.
A popular game some children play on long car or train j
''The crucial question for the Chancellor in this critic
It has been axiomatic in some polite circles, including
From New York, September 2001, to London, July 2005, the
Can things get worse in Iraq?
The revelations about the killing of Jean Charles de Men
Is the government losing the plot?
What do the following people - Anthony Walker, Richard W
Defining or redefining Britishness was an early goal of
Two forces are playing themselves out on the global stag
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, foreign intel-ligence se
In the past it took a disaster to bring the Olympics to
There is such a thing as a moral universe.
The law of inverse proportions applies to Iraq.
In Ghana's Katanga Valley, the staple food is rice.
John Prescott denies he ever said it, which seems strang
It is easy to be cynical.
Could the European Union collapse?
Reform and respect: Tony Blair has proved considerably m
Another day in Iraq, another five bombs, another 50 dead
As Enoch Powell once observed, all political careers end
Has a prime minister ever won an election with so little
In an ideal world, democratic elections would be charact
The horrible truth is that many thousands, perhaps milli
How can it be that, while the prospect of a general elec
''Politicians are so dreadfully afraid that the women's
Just in case anyone had forgotten that the Tories are th
At least New Statesman readers cannot say they
As you read this, Tony Blair's 17-member Commission for
Within a few days, parliament will probably have agreed
The true terms of the Good Friday peace agreement in Nor
Ken Livingstone is a fool and a hypocrite.
The most encouraging thing about the latest handshake be
During the cold war, the developed nations lent willingl
The first democratic elections in Iraq's history ought t
The world, it was said, had changed for ever after 11 Se
An academic team, reviewing the 1964-70 Labour governmen
Let us not deceive ourselves.
Liberty is indivisible.
No government ever came to power with more commitment to
If a Prime Minister can get away with selling his people
Britain has now had more than a decade of "law and order
It is as well that new Labour has had two terms in power
The transatlantic divide, it seems, has never been wider
That President George W Bush should indeed win re-electi
It is, I suppose, a measure of how seriously people take
How extraordinary that a government which makes so much
Those who think a John Kerry presidency would lead to an
Crime is what the political and media classes talk about
Torture and England do not mix well.
Let's not get prim about the bickering rivalry between o
If you think that even George W Bush would not be foolis
Politicians do love a crackdown.
Are we right, when faced with atrocity, simply to compet
Remember Thatcher and Reagan!
In this issue, on the eve of the Republican convention i
This year, the annual argument over A-levels and the all
Say what you like about the sybaritic Blairs (and doing
During its seven years in office, new Labour has transfo
Something must be done.
Conservatives would say that there are no such things as
The decision to take his or her country to war is the gr
This issue of the New Statesman is devoted to t
What middle-class parents want is simple: schools that g
How you reacted to the past week's press claims that the
If the results of the local and European elections look
A few days ago, the Foreign Office - and let us at least
Except in particularly vulnerable parts of the world, su
We live, it is said, in a "nanny state" that constantly
Only now are we seeing the tangible benefits of Labour g
What the New Statesman and several of its comme
And so it has come to this.
The signs are unmistakable.
The European Union has always been an elite project.
When politicians are serious about something - terror, d
Those who opposed the invasion of Iraq have been proved
The latest tangle over immigration is a telling illustra
Even if Ariel Sharon's men do succeed in eliminating the
For the first time since the Second World War, the civil
To understand how much the Iraq war has changed the worl
It is not only by bombing and invasion that the George W
The debate on asylum and immigration has become polarise
The faults in the schooling of English teenagers have be
Has the government set a target for reducing targets?
How did they get it so wrong?
Tony Blair is now a lame-duck prime minister.
The belief in Munchausen's syndrome by proxy - a conditi
Why do we need GM crops?
What a strange attitude we have to lawbreakers in cars.
It may seem extraordinary that, with two spectacular ele
At some point in 2004, a major British target - parliame
How extraordinary that Labour MPs, having swallowed five
The bombers of Istanbul may be alarming, as is the threa
Conrad Black, worth at least £136m, is one of Britain's
The charge sheet against the United States is long and d
You would need, to quote Oscar Wilde on the death of Lit
A curious air of desperation has surrounded the revelati
Everything, we are told, has changed; but it turns out t
Walk down any high street around dawn and you will see a
Drugs, rape, group sex, grievous bodily harm, drunken dr
Would Gordon Brown make a better leader of the Labour Pa
It's that time in a government's life again: lost its wa
Far from being a disaster, the collapse of the World Tra
As you read this, the world's trade ministers meet in Ca
Old cliches never die; they do not even fade away.
What is most striking about the evidence given to the Hu
The real action is in Baghdad, not at the Hutton inquiry
If there were an award for Media Bureaucrat of the Year,
August is meant to be a "silly" season, with little for
The BBC should have little to fear from Lord Hutton's in
David Kelly's death is an event waiting for a conspiracy
It was the question that, according to legend, the littl
It is a measure of our collective guilt about developing
Tally ho! Let another season of sport commence!
One of the curiosities of our arguments over the environ
As one of our correspondents reminds us this week (Lette
The probability now is that Britain will not join the Eu
Perhaps we should not be surprised that, as Clare Short
The momentum of the European Union, even when it was a m
It is no doubt an example of that old socialist vice, en
America and Britain have invaded two countries suspected
Somewhere, lying around conquered Iraq, are stocks of mu
One of the great challenges for governments in the 21st
One does not need to admire the teachers' unions, some o
On the letters page of this issue (page 36), a reader im
At last there is joy on the streets of Baghdad and, alth
Amid all the claims and counter-claims - about whether t
Iraq indeed turns out to be a faraway country of which w
The arguments have been heard, the speeches made, the re
The temptation for those who have always opposed war in
One should not blame the fee-charging schools for their
If what scientists tell us about the dangers to the plan
Advertising executives know that, for all the power of g
Could anybody have imagined, a year ago, that we would n
It is an apt comment on our times that a speech by a Lab
Anybody under the delusion that the temper of British po
Distasteful as they may find the comparison, the left-wi
Supermarkets are marvellous examples of the law of unint
Behind all the arguments over the impending war in Iraq
Three countries are currently targets for western opprob
At some point in 2003, barring miracles, there will be w
This government has been widely criticised for being car
Twice a year, sometimes three, Gordon Brown takes part i
The ship sinks, the oil spills, the bandwagon rolls.
As Robert Taylor recalls on page 15 of this issue, Sir G
Even for the more dedicated royal-watchers, the "revelat
The proposal that universities should be allowed to char
There has always been a scathing answer to those who app
We may, as we are always being told, live in an irresist
The discovery that Sinn Fein has been collecting informa
A cauliflower, Mark Twain once observed, is nothing but
One of the oddest characteristics of English public life
At last, and quite deliberately, Tony Blair has allowed
Nobody should be in any doubt that Saddam Hussein's tyra
There were times in history when the issues confronting
In some left-wing quarters, a seductive argument is taki
For schools and teachers, the annual announcement of GCS
If you believe the weather forecasters, we may be due fo
With roughly 65,000 delegates descending on Johannesburg
Alan Duncan's saying of the moment is: "The glass has be
After the Conservatives had won the 1979 general electio
Put away your doubts and your grievances.
It may be thought a sad comment on the muddled and ill-i
Any minister who proposes identity cards in Britain must
Over the past decade, the "fat cat" story has become a n
We live in an age of panic: about crime, mobile phones,
This month, at least a million and a half young people a
The evidence that the Palestinians in the West Bank and
Writing in the New Statesman a few weeks ago, Q
The cover of the latest report from the Commons home aff
The sequence of events after a rail disaster is now fami
We are back in the land of lost innocence; we must wake
Is Tony Blair an entirely serious person?
So much for the Third Way.
John Smith's body may lie a-mouldering in the grave, but
A million people line the streets for the Queen Mother's
The regimes that rule Iran, Iraq and North Korea have no
The government's approach to crime is baffling.
All of a sudden, the unthinkable is on the agenda.
It is hard to resist taking sides in the Middle East.
On 27 February, the Times ran an extraordinary
Governments have been striving for 20 years to create ma
The problem with new Labour is not so much its deep invo
The connection between Enron, the MMR vaccine and the st
Beware of politicians in search of soundbites and photo
As he set up the National Health Service in 1948, Aneuri
It has been left to the right-wing press to take more th
What on earth is going on in America's war?
Nothing better illustrates the weaknesses of Britain's p
What makes 2002 such a potentially dangerous year for hu
This Christmas ought to be a time when social democrats
On page 15 of this edition, John Lloyd further develops
Future generations may see the past few days, culminatin
If there is not an argument at the highest levels of gov
Prediction is a dangerous business, and never more so th
Adam Smith observed more than two centuries ago that "pe
In this issue (pages 18-19), we publish a map, showing U
Reading the transcript of the conversation between Hilar
Much of this issue of the New Statesman is devo
Of all the arguments used against critics of the bombing
In the immediate aftermath of 11 September, some comment
During the cold war, many people felt that the world was
Compassion radiates outwards; the closer people are to u
The connection between the dreadful attacks on New York
The world conference on racism in Durban, South Africa -
Teacher shortages, highlighted in an interview last Tues
It is a measure of the deep British muddle over race rel
For a brief period in the mid-1990s, it really did seem
What is affordable housing?
The stories that politicians on the make need to spin un
Since the ancient Greeks, philosophers have struggled to
Of socialism, it used to be said that it worked in theor
Riots take place where the ground is fertile.
Many of the great miscarriages of justice in the 1970s a
Since almost everyone in the public sector has been rega
It was no part of the brief of Lord Cullen's inquiry on
There is never a good time for politicians to give thems
Pinch yourself today, and ask if it can really be true.
Take a deep breath, grit your teeth, put on a cheery smi
If you think this election campaign is dull, that is bec
Privatisation, a long and ugly word with a bad reputatio
The biggest issue of this election campaign is not the d
To many on the left, it will be disappointing, but unsur
Less than 40 years ago, many British landlords routinely
How very virtuous westerners can feel about a rusting ve
Year by year, almost week by week, the British monarchy
For a brief period in the 1970s, many people in the west
If the government now feels that it has to reconsider it
Once more, war threatens the Balkans and, once more, the
Always question a policy that has near-unanimous support
Gordon Brown today walks taller than any previous Labour
What is it about modern life that turns things our ances
It is a great pity that the British Foreign Office's "lo
Beware of politicians who offer choice and diversity in
The Conservatives' hopes of winning the next election, a
One of the most depressing aspects of public debate in B
Ministers used to resign because they had misled the Hou
Aneurin Bevan famously remarked that he designed the Nat
Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, both from deeply troub
As millionaires go, Lord Hamlyn is about as irreproachab
If you want to understand what William Hague is up to, l
Politicians in office, and particularly British politici
Many years ago, Fred Hoyle, the eccentric astronomer, wr
Social democracy, far from being dead, suddenly looks to
In June 1979, a group of bright young Englishmen threw a
Is the United States truly a democracy?
What has happened to us?
It may seem a happy coincidence for the government that
The environment has been "at the heart of government pol
In the Holy Land (as the newspapers like to call it), th
In a recent New Statesman essay, Jeremy Seabroo
Many years ago, a pensions company ran an arresting adve
Through this year's Labour Party conference, there ran a
Are the decisions of democratic governments now always t
This government has often seemed to panic at the merest
To anybody who has worked in or followed education over
The capture of 11 British soldiers by bandits in Sierra
More than a year has passed since the G8 summit in Colog
Former controllers of BBC Radio 3 wishing to sell autobi
An American soldier was interviewed on British televisio
The Queen Mum is dead.
Just as the mobs of medieval villages meted out rough ju
Think back to the summer of 1992: Labour's fourth electi
Nothing better illustrates the fickle attention span, th
At least nobody can accuse the Tories of rushing to occu
Beware of politicians who announce that "we are learning
In the end, England's inept players were left to do what
Suddenly, almost without warning, liberal Britain finds
Mention the nationalised railways, the BBC, the town hal
Market failure, the economics textbooks tell us, occurs
The Dome - which has just entered what may be described
Whatever British troops are doing in Sierra Leone - and
Tony Blair famously modelled new Labour and his 1997 ele
Last Monday's events in central London followed the fami
Imagine you have a reasonable income and a not too onero
Despite the instances of racial attacks, and the evidenc
Perhaps it is a measure of how well new Labour is runnin
As the campaign for London mayor officially begins, Ken
In strict logic, the case for the legalisation of all dr
New Labour is often accused - and indeed has been accuse
Education, like everything else, is now about branding.
If you want to understand why Ken Livingstone is such a
Years ago, an educational magazine used to produce an an
All political leaders eventually lose touch with reality
Nobody should be surprised that the most vehement critic
Of all political perversions, racism is the most odious.
Murder used to be just murder.
Since the new millennium dawned, megamergers have come a
Tony Blair's habit of making policy on television studio
For all its labyrinthine progress through two magistrate
One would need, as Oscar Wilde would have said, a heart
From the oracles of the ancient world through Nostradamu
In strict terms of moral equivalence, Nato forces should
What we have been seeing in Seattle in recent days are t
Why has the position of mayor of London attracted such a
Those who claim to have been disappointed or betrayed by
Is Gordon Brown, he of the stealthy taxation and the ste
It is 71 years since Britain finally embraced universal
Here is the good news.
It was Aneurin Bevan's aim in setting up the National He
The Labour leadership's wish to prevent Ken Livingstone
As the death toll rose from the Paddington rail disaster
Critics of Tony Blair, including this paper, have freque
Is it possible that the British left, so accustomed to (
It is characteristic of Tony Blair that he should attemp
How bold is a Labour government prepared to be in its se
If Anthony Crosland had never tried to carry out his fam
If ever a prime minister needed a break from a centrally
No doubt the Buckingham Palace press office is so accust
Even before the independent review panel, under Gavyn Da
On the opening page of the government's newly published
Is it time for British ministers to give up on Northern
Arguments about fox-hunting are rather like those about
He just doesn't get it, does he?
Anybody who believes that the age of the public sector i
Play up! play up! and play the game!
All governments suffer midterm reversals; what is truly
Tony Blair has conducted himself with dignity in the wak
As we go to press, millions of South Africans are formin
"Daddy, why can't my role model go on tour to Australia?
Trial by jury is just about the least efficient method o
Edinburgh's first big political issue - university tuiti
The war over Kosovo (or "conflict" as western politician
The case for devolution, by the time Labour took office
With every day that passes, it becomes harder for Nato t
Is a humanitarian war an oxymoron?
Government, J K Galbraith once observed, is more often t
As the New Statesman goes to press, the Russian
How extraordinary that, after half a century of peace, w
Far from giving comfort to those who wish Europe to be s
How does he do it?
In a recent issue of Another Magazine, the very pro-free
What are the most heinous crimes that anybody can imagin
"I do not know." These four words are forbidden in Briti
For the consumption of Daily Mail readers, this
Has the world gone mad?
Pity poor Frank Dobson.
The Conservatives managed for 18 years to blame most of
Are there now no limits to intrusion into the private li
To announce that you will join a new venture only after
"Daddy, that Mr Mandelson is a very wicked man, isn't he
Pensions is one of those subjects that sees British publ
The Eurosceptics are right: the aim of the EU is, and ha
The nanny state is far from dead: league tables of schoo
The row over the House of Lords, in which an aristocracy
Who are the world's most long-lived dictators?
Soviet communism collapsed because, among many other thi