Prize Crossword

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Across
1 Workforce now striking discontentedly (6, 4, 7)
11 Tries my uninhibited support for this way of promoting
ability (5, 6)
12 Heads agree to do less exam supervision initially (7)
13/16 Failed blue war on Oxford college threat (3, 6, 3, 6)
16 (see 13)
17 House plot could be found in a field (3)
18 Dubious señor at the centre of Gunpowder Plot (7)
19 Lengthy association between Chaney and contemporary
film actress (7)
22 Found in the mud at Newlyn, perhaps (5)
23 Itinerant Bond villain gets 60 per cent of the capital (3-6)
26 Buried in Westminster Abbey for rather a long time (3)
27 Minutes not a measure! (3)
29 I lure thee into Shelley’s band of freethinkers (9)
30 She has bad back following round of golf (5)
32 (see 25d)
34 (see 25d)
36 Annie from Oklahoma is in trouble (3)
38 Fail to keep track of lone scout’s wanderings (4, 5)
40 Hope to finish most of crossword? It’s really a
two-handed job (9)
42 Parisian on Brazilian coin! – very strange indeed (7)
43 When judge’s asides cited I abort the proceedings (6, 5)
46 Why turn on EH – cuts or otherwise? (3, 4, 3, 7)

Down
1 Scaly animal retreats right at the last (7)
2 After a pointless war gets a stripe (3)
3 Exceptionally one is not a party to weird ritual (5)
4 Unfriendly departure of the West from policy (3)
5 Types of insect not introduced to river at beginning
of the season (7)
6 This novel is mine own creation to savour (5, 2, 4)
7 Part of 13 (or 16) used in authentic reconstruction (7)
8 One’s departed from this country for another (5)
9 Set to catch light it causes 24 (9)
10 He led rats away (4)
14 Take away woman to lie down (5)
15/21 Be quite sick after getting no backing – last place
again! (3, 4, 5)
18 Paint is available only for a limited time period (7)
20 Howard’s place is not actually lived in – it has poor
motorway connections (7)
21 (see 15)
22 Happy, perhaps, to be involved in battlefield warfare (5)
24 Reports to doctor on antidotes (11)
25/32a/34a This country – an attacker, not a defender
(7, 7, 3, 4)
28 Tool used to make attack on prison officer (9)
31 Glamourised view of peculiar Mexican friend (5)
33 Letter from “M” read top to bottom (6-1)
35 Crouch-like characteristic is difficult to attain (7)
37 Bank of England association with Turin football club (3, 4)
38 Harken to this associate of Brahms (4)
39 Belief is partly credible again (5)
41 Handouts not taken off holy man from 8 (5)
44 Sweet chestnut stuffing and all the trimmings (3)
45 Many lived out of 27 (3)

Five solutions are of a kind. Their clues do not contain a definition, but may hint at context. Respective word-length indicators ignore any
punctuation.

 

The first correct entry out of a hat will win the world’s best reading light, worth £229.99. Entries to:
Christmas Crossword,
New Statesman, 52 Grosvenor
Gardens, London SW1W 0AU
by first post Thursday 3 January 2008.
The winner’s name and the solution will be published in our issue of 14 January. www.seriousreaders.com

This article first appeared in the 17 December 2007 issue of the New Statesman, Christmas and New Year special 2007

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The New Times: Brexit, globalisation, the crisis in Labour and the future of the left

With essays by David Miliband, Paul Mason, John Harris, Lisa Nandy, Vince Cable and more.

Once again the “new times” are associated with the ascendancy of the right. The financial crash of 2007-2008 – and the Great Recession and sovereign debt crises that were a consequence of it – were meant to have marked the end of an era of runaway “turbocapitalism”. It never came close to happening. The crash was a crisis of capitalism but not the crisis of capitalism. As Lenin observed, there is “no such thing as an absolutely hopeless situation” for capitalism, and so we discovered again. Instead, the greatest burden of the period of fiscal retrenchment that followed the crash was carried by the poorest in society, those most directly affected by austerity, and this in turn has contributed to a deepening distrust of elites and a wider crisis of governance.

Where are we now and in which direction are we heading?

Some of the contributors to this special issue believe that we have reached the end of the “neoliberal” era. I am more sceptical. In any event, the end of neoliberalism, however you define it, will not lead to a social-democratic revival: it looks as if, in many Western countries, we are entering an age in which centre-left parties cannot form ruling majorities, having leaked support to nationalists, populists and more radical alternatives.

Certainly the British Labour Party, riven by a war between its parliamentary representatives and much of its membership, is in a critical condition. At the same time, Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership has inspired a remarkable re-engagement with left-wing politics, even as his party slumps in the polls. His own views may seem frozen in time, but hundreds of thousands of people, many of them young graduates, have responded to his anti-austerity rhetoric, his candour and his shambolic, unspun style.

The EU referendum, in which as much as one-third of Labour supporters voted for Brexit, exposed another chasm in Labour – this time between educated metropolitan liberals and the more socially conservative white working class on whose loyalty the party has long depended. This no longer looks like a viable election-winning coalition, especially after the collapse of Labour in Scotland and the concomitant rise of nationalism in England.

In Marxism Today’s “New Times” issue of October 1988, Stuart Hall wrote: “The left seems not just displaced by Thatcherism, but disabled, flattened, becalmed by the very prospect of change; afraid of rooting itself in ‘the new’ and unable to make the leap of imagination required to engage the future.” Something similar could be said of the left today as it confronts Brexit, the disunities within the United Kingdom, and, in Theresa May, a prime minister who has indicated that she might be prepared to break with the orthodoxies of the past three decades.

The Labour leadership contest between Corbyn and Owen Smith was largely an exercise in nostalgia, both candidates seeking to revive policies that defined an era of mass production and working-class solidarity when Labour was strong. On matters such as immigration, digital disruption, the new gig economy or the power of networks, they had little to say. They proposed a politics of opposition – against austerity, against grammar schools. But what were they for? Neither man seemed capable of embracing the “leading edge of change” or of making the imaginative leap necessary to engage the future.

So is there a politics of the left that will allow us to ride with the currents of these turbulent “new times” and thus shape rather than be flattened by them? Over the next 34 pages 18 writers, offering many perspectives, attempt to answer this and related questions as they analyse the forces shaping a world in which power is shifting to the East, wars rage unchecked in the Middle East, refugees drown en masse in the Mediterranean, technology is outstripping our capacity to understand it, and globalisation begins to fragment.

— Jason Cowley, Editor 

Tom Kibasi on what the left fails to see

Philip Collins on why it's time for Labour to end its crisis

John Harris on why Labour is losing its heartland

Lisa Nandy on how Labour has been halted and hollowed out

David Runciman on networks and the digital revolution

John Gray on why the right, not the left, has grasped the new times

Mariana Mazzucato on why it's time for progressives to rethink capitalism

Robert Ford on why the left must reckon with the anger of those left behind

Ros Wynne-Jones on the people who need a Labour government most

Gary Gerstle on Corbyn, Sanders and the populist surge

Nick Pearce on why the left is haunted by the ghosts of the 1930s

Paul Mason on why the left must be ready to cause a commotion

Neal Lawson on what the new, 21st-century left needs now

Charles Leadbeater explains why we are all existentialists now

John Bew mourns the lost left

Marc Stears on why democracy is a long, hard, slow business

Vince Cable on how a financial crisis empowered the right

David Miliband on why the left needs to move forward, not back

This article first appeared in the 22 September 2016 issue of the New Statesman, The New Times