UK politics

In the age of austerity and Ukip, the Conservatives' advantage on leadership and the economy may not be enough to deliver them victory.
By George Eaton - 01 Oct 2014

In the age of austerity and Ukip, the Conservatives' advantage on leadership and the economy may not be enough to deliver them victory. 

A policy rich and politically artful speech invited voters to take another look at the man they could soon evict.
By George Eaton - 01 Oct 2014

A policy rich and politically artful speech invited voters to take another look at the man they could soon evict. 

By Anoosh Chakelian - 01 Oct 2014

The Prime Minister gave a speech to Conservative party conference packed with policy announcements.

By Owen Bennett - 01 Oct 2014

Ukip spreading itself too thinly for the Labour vote could result in damaging splits in the People's Army.

By Cameron Tait - 30 Sep 2014

Ed Miliband has set himself an ambitious target to change the shape of the economy by 2025; he can create a new dividing line with the Tories on improving living standards for millions of low-paid workers.

Human Rights

Naples.
By New Statesman - 17 Sep 2014

The critics’ verdicts on Ian McEwan’s The Children Act, A N Wilson’s Victoria: A Life and Elena Ferrante’s Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay.

Gazans are suffering, says resident Ghada Al Kord. Photo: Alison Baskerville, CARE
By Ghada Al Kord - 25 Jul 2014

Palestinian Ghada Al Kord tells of the difficulties of navigating a warzone while pregnant and the indignity of being trapped in Gaza. 

By Lucy Fisher - 22 Jul 2014

The number of female genital mutilation survivors in the UK is double the official NHS estimate, according to a new report.

Instead of immediately implementing protective measures to fight female genital mutilation, the government has called for further "consultation". But it's time for action, not more talking.

New face of justice: along with many black South Africans, Pumla Godobo-Madikizela thinks Eugene de Kock should be freed. Photo: Bloomberg
By Eric Abraham - 13 Jun 2014

Ten years ago psychologist Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela wrote a book about the encounters she had with Eugene de Kock, head of apartheid South Africa’s death squad, when in Pretoria prison. She thinks he should be pardoned. 

Young women in Somalia take part in a discussion on FGM, February 2014. Photo: Getty
By Reema Patel - 11 Apr 2014

The problem is that many feel they have to pick a side. But we know that cultures are not as fixed and unchanging as powerful advocates within them may like to make out.

Blogs

By May2015 - 01 Oct 2014

Cameron’s plan to raise the tax-free allowance would have cost £12bn if introduced this year. The lower figures being quoted assume a delay until 2020.

A policy rich and politically artful speech invited voters to take another look at the man they could soon evict.
By George Eaton - 01 Oct 2014

A policy rich and politically artful speech invited voters to take another look at the man they could soon evict. 

By Anoosh Chakelian - 01 Oct 2014

The Prime Minister gave a speech to Conservative party conference packed with policy announcements.

By May2015 - 01 Oct 2014

There are two areas of spending – health and education – that the public prioritise above all others.

By Owen Bennett - 01 Oct 2014

Ukip spreading itself too thinly for the Labour vote could result in damaging splits in the People's Army.

International politics

Hong Kong pro-democracy protestors gather near a ceremony marking China's 65th National Day. Photo: Getty
By Surya Deva - 01 Oct 2014

The people of Hong Kong are making their voices heard as never before.

Iraqi Kurds protesting against Isis. Photo: Getty

The time has come to define and demonstrate differently what it means to be a democrat by giving the word to the citizens instead of keeping them hostage to debates between politicians.

The centre-right was defeated after failed privatisations, but a weak centre-left fell short of a majority.
By George Eaton - 18 Sep 2014

The centre-right was defeated after failed privatisations, but a weak centre-left fell short of a majority. 

New recruits: Ukrainian soldiers take a break during training near Yavorov, 16 September. Photo: Getty
By Lindsey Hilsum - 18 Sep 2014

There is no question in my mind that Russia stirred up this war to destabilise Ukraine, but how will these people ever trust the government in Kyiv again?

Statesman and street fighter: Nixon showed foresight and skill in foreign policy but repeatedly resorted to sharp practices on the domestic front. Photo: Don Carl Steffen/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images
By John Bew - 18 Sep 2014

It is now four decades since Richard Milhous Nixon resigned in disgrace as US president – he remains reappraised but not rehabilitated.

Cameron will need Miliband's support to win a vote on military action. But all the signs are that he will get it.
By George Eaton - 18 Sep 2014

Cameron will need Miliband's support to win a vote on military action. But all the signs are that he will get it. 

Environment

Houses not covered by the coalition's Flood Re scheme could become uninsurable. Photo: Getty
By Guy Shrubsole - 12 Aug 2014

New Conservative Environment Secretary Liz Truss ahd her Lib Dem coalition partners need to be clear on how they will better protect Britain from climate change.

On climate change and other issues, parliamentarians are ignoring the evidence.
By Bob Ward - 30 Jul 2014

On climate change and other issues, parliamentarians are ignoring the evidence. 

People need to be able to feel they can effect change in their own backyard before they can change the world.
By Ed Wallis - 09 Jun 2014

People need to be able to feel they can effect change in their own backyard before they can change the world.

They're wrong: John Oliver prepares to do battle with climate deniers
By Hillary Kelly - 13 May 2014

John Oliver, once of The Daily Show, and America's “Science Guy” Bill Nye show the world how to debate with climate-change deniers. 

More than the floods, it is interventions by politicians.
By Guy Shrubsole - 19 Feb 2014

More than the floods, it is interventions by politicians that have led to a spike in public concern.

By Guy Shrubsole - 14 Jan 2014

To date, the coalition has unforgivably weakened Britain's climate adaptation plans.

Law

To put it bluntly, I am not South Park’s Timmy or Ricky Gervais’ Derek. Photo: Steve Johnson on Flickr via Creative Commons
By Alex Taylor - 26 Sep 2014

A court can only deter and punish, not challenge prevailing mindsets.

Members of the ANC Women’s League protest outside the court in Pretoria. Photo: Getty
By Sarah Ditum - 12 Sep 2014

The South African athlete has been found guilty of culpable homicide, not murder, following the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. In a world where men kill women and not the other way around, that means justice must bend to the male version of events.

Oscar Pistorius arriving at court. Photo: Getty
By New Statesman - 12 Sep 2014

The South African athlete has been cleared of premeditated and second-degree murder.

A placard at a protest in Scotland in 2013. Photo: Getty
By Glosswitch - 29 Aug 2014

Control, dominance, bullying and manipulation are the driving forces behind countless “romantic” narratives. If new regulation is going to eradicate coercive and controlling behaviour as well as physical harm, we have to start questioning the stories we are told.

A memorial to French victims of domestic violence. Photo: Getty
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 23 Jul 2014

An investigation into the murder of Natalie Esack by her estranged husband reveals it followed a campaign of terror waged by a man who could not countenance finally losing control over his victim. But police and prosecutors can only respond to individuals threats and acts of violence. It's time for a change in the law.

Cartoon by Ralph Steadman
By Peter Jukes - 17 Jul 2014

Peter Jukes watched the former tabloid editor’s extraordinary composure in court on every day of the hacking trial. Her story tells you everything you need to know about the way power works.