Teens today.
Are my generation really as boring as everyone says?
By Jess Williams - 19 September 11:50

The Department of Health has reported a decrease in drinking, drugs and pregnancy among teenagers - but our generation has problems of its own, writes Jess Williams.

Scottish independence: how inequality is fragmenting our nation
By Duncan Exley - 17 September 10:20

We are now a nation torn apart (soon perhaps literally) by inequality, and the danger is Scotland is merely the beginning

Kellie Maloney being interviewed on ITV's Good Morning Britain, 13 August
Kellie Maloney, Newsnight and the debate the transgender community refused to have
By Miranda Yardley - 18 August 10:19

On 11 August, I was asked to appear on the BBC’s Newsnight with two other transgender journalists. Hours later, they pulled out - amid a welter of accusations that I was a "violent transphobe" who does not believe in trans people's "right to exist". As a trans woman myself, is what I have to say really so unsayable?

Boris Johnson visited the Husseini Mosque in Northholt during his mayoral campaign in 2008.
Should religion ever play a role in policy-making?
By Muddassar Ahmed and Kishan Manocha - 08 August 15:13

As market and utilitarian analyses increasingly dominate our public discourse, religious voices could offer fresh insights.

A high wire act.
Robert Webb: Roll up, roll up, to see a man talking about feminism. What could possibly go wrong?
By Robert Webb - 07 August 13:01

A man complaining about “anti-male sexism” is the sound of a man crying about lost advantages. Huge, man-made, God-thundering advantages.

Putin is in international disgrace - the west must make him feel it
Any financial loss to Britain mustn’t obscure the aim of sanctions on Russia
By Robert Macquarie - 04 August 13:19

The cost of recent economic sanctions will be felt in the west, but it’s a cost we can – and should – withstand. 

NHS staff at Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham. Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
The UK’s mental health care is in crisis – the next government must act urgently
By George Gillett - 01 August 10:59

Mentally ill patients forced to travel hundreds of miles for treatment, forcible sectioning in order to get beds and medical students begging for greater teaching on psychiatry: we're not getting it right

London black cabs taking part in an anti-minicab protest on the Mall, in 2009. Photo: Getty Images
Black cabs are going to war with apps like Uber for the taxi supremacy of London
By John Harvey - 08 May 14:50

London taxi drivers have protested, and are planning further protests, against apps like Uber which offer the same convenience at (they say) an illegally cheap price.

A big lecture theatre at a university. (Photo: teddy-rised/Flickr)
There are fewer than 100 black professors in Britain - why?
By William Ackah - 28 March 15:26

It is hard to think of an arena of UK public life where the people are so poorly represented and served on the basis of their race.

I am not your totem, Tim Montgomerie, and you are not my able-bodied saviour. Listen!
By Hannah Buchanan - 29 December 17:08

"I am not your totem, Tim. Nor do I want to be used as a vehicle to facilitate the poisoning of the pro-choice standpoint."

New Statesman
Leader: Labour has a bold economic programme but can it win the people’s trust?
By New Statesman - 03 October 15:33

Mr Miliband has reminded us again of his talents as a rhetorician but it is his party’s conduct in the next year that will determine whether he is rewarded with the chance to serve.

Chris Christie.
Louise Mensch: the Conservatives can learn from the failures of the Republican Party
By Louise Mensch - 30 September 14:30

Writing from her new home in New York, Louise Mensch argues that Britain needs more politicians like Chris Christie and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Jonathan Franzen and the rage of the Twitter machine
By Jason Cowley - 26 September 8:03

We’re swamped by a tide of reaction and instant opinion churned out by the second on Twitter, writes Jason Cowley. But as Franzen, Obama and Miliband show, instant gratification won’t secure our grasp of events.

New Statesman
The only good parent is a wealthy one
By Glosswitch - 19 September 14:14

Increasingly, just as poverty itself is linked to ignorance or moral failings, poor parenting is associated with being poor.

New Statesman
Why membership numbers mean very little to the Conservative party
By Bobby Friedman - 19 September 14:04

The Tories now have fewer members than ever before - and their financial situation has hardly changed. But they'd be wise to address the decline anyway.

New Statesman
A quirk of Australian Prime Ministers
By Stephen Brasher - 19 September 13:40
All but one of Australia’s first 20 prime ministers have federal electoral divisions named after them. The first, Edmund Barton, a prime mover in federation, resigned after three years to become a high court judge.
 
New Statesman
Why do political parties need such lavish finance?
By Peter Wilby - 19 September 8:42

The problem with Universal Credit, the return of the TSB and a memory lapse at the theatre.

New Statesman
Europe’s debt mountains, Osborne’s Plan B and turning Greece into a debtors’ prison
By Vicky Pryce - 19 September 8:09

Vicky Pryce on UKIP's respectable friends and Prisonomics.

New Statesman
Laurie Penny on welfare reform: Iain Duncan Smith had an epiphany, and it meant nothing
By Laurie Penny - 17 September 10:21

The religious language of sin and shame informs Tory welfare rhetoric, with its pulpit-thumping over "strivers" and "scroungers". But their overhaul has nothing to do with compassion or principle.

New Statesman
How would Hezbollah respond to air strikes in Syria?
By Matthew Levitt - 17 September 9:35

While the US continues to deliberate their course of action, so, too, does Hezbollah. After depending upon the Syrian regime for so long, how will they retaliate in the event of air strikes?

New Statesman
Who will pay for Labour's next election campaign?
By George Eaton - 12 September 10:00

Ed Miliband has now sacrificed millions in donations, as well as one of his party’s main bargaining chips, without securing any concessions in return.

New Statesman
Sometimes a political defeat can leave a leader stronger rather than weaker
By Ed Smith - 12 September 9:49

David Cameron didn't get his way with Syria. It may seem counterintuitive, but this won't reflect badly on him.

New Statesman
Socially useless activity by socially useless people
By Peter Wilby - 12 September 8:58

Peter Wilby's "First Thoughts" column: the day I dined with David Frost, why we should stay out of Syria, and who will really benefit from Vodafone selling its stake in Verizon Wireless.

There's a nuanced debate on welfare waiting to happen, and Benefits Britain 1949 isn't it
By Frances Ryan - 13 August 15:04

Channel 4's Benefits Britain 1949 asked modern benefits claimants to live under conditions from 1949 - the reason being, what exactly?

A young man uses a laptop outside a cafe in Brixton Village.
YUPPIES OUT! Living on the front line of gentrification in Brixton
By Cal Flyn - 16 July 17:30

On Monday hard-hatted bailiffs evicted 70 squatters from six Victorian mansion blocks on Rushcroft Road: my road. Is this really the price that must be paid for low crime rates and organic bread?

New Statesman
The Oxford abuse case and the myth of the “good girl” victim
By Aisha Gill - 15 May 16:48

It is widely believed that ‘true’ victims are always happy and willing to co-operate with the authorities and that ‘good girls’ would never accept payment for their own exploitation and that they would always contrive to escape such situations. That's not

New Statesman debate.
Listen: Did the left win the 20th century?
By New Statesman - 22 April 15:28

A special edition of the New Statesman podcast.

Paris in the rain.
Andrea Dworkin: The day I was drugged and raped
By Andrea Dworkin - 04 March 11:12

The feminist writer's harrowing account from 2000.

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