Words are cheap.
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.
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. Nor do I want to be used as a vehicle to facilitate the poisoning of the pro-choice standpoint."
Julia Hobsbawm's diary.
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.
Writing from her new home in New York, Louise Mensch argues that Britain needs more politicians like Chris Christie and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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.
Increasingly, just as poverty itself is linked to ignorance or moral failings, poor parenting is associated with being poor.
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.
The problem with Universal Credit, the return of the TSB and a memory lapse at the theatre.
Vicky Pryce on UKIP's respectable friends and Prisonomics.
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.
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?
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.
David Cameron didn't get his way with Syria. It may seem counterintuitive, but this won't reflect badly on him.
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.
Channel 4's Benefits Britain 1949 asked modern benefits claimants to live under conditions from 1949 - the reason being, what exactly?
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?
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
A special edition of the New Statesman podcast.
The feminist writer's harrowing account from 2000.
There's no room for knee-jerk reactions, writes NGO boss Mark Topley.
Peter Wilby's "First Thoughts" column.
Barack Obama cut his political teeth as a community organiser on the South Side of Chicago. What lessons does this approach to politics hold for Britain?
Confronted with epic global challenges, our politicians cannot help shrinking to the occasion.
Elizabeth II may be the last royal woman not to be subjected to rampant sexist scrutiny.
Cameron's skills are not limited to tennis.