UK politics

The party's hypocrisy on privilege.
By George Eaton - 16 Apr 2014

The party attacked "privately educated" Times journalists. But its leader, treasurer, a third of its MEPs and all of its peers were similary well-schooled. 

Spokesman for the former PM rejects NS story.
By George Eaton - 16 Apr 2014

In response to NS story, spokesman for the former PM says "He is, and will remain, Member of Parliament for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath". 

Sajid Javid arriving at No 10 after being appointed as Culture Secretary. Photo: Getty
By Jason Cowley - 16 Apr 2014

The response of some Labour MPs to Javid’s promotion was idiotic.

The coming of Nigel: Farage arrives for a Ukip public meeting in Basingstoke. Photo: Getty
By New Statesman - 16 Apr 2014

Seventeen years after the coming of New Labour, Britain’s two unions have never seemed less secure.

Gordon Brown addresses activists Glasgow in March 2014 speech ahead of September's referendum on Scottish independence. Photo: Getty
By Kevin Maguire - 16 Apr 2014

Plus: more news from inside the Palace of Shame.

For most, there is still no recovery at all.
By George Eaton - 16 Apr 2014

Average pay excluding bonuses remains below inflation. For most, there is still no recovery at all. 

Human Rights

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.

Roma children arrive by bus in Romania after being sent back by French authorities in 2011. Photo: Getty Images
By Ashley Cowburn - 09 Apr 2014

In France, 20,000 Roma live in extreme poverty with little or no access to basic services and face a constant risk of forced evictions.

Yarl's Wood Immigration Centre.
By Ashley Cowburn - 09 Apr 2014

Anne Nassozi, who is currently detained in the Yarl's Wood Immigration Centre, will be deported to Uganda this evening despite the country's anti-gay legislation.

Yashika Bageerathi (right) has been deported just months from taking her A-levels. Photo: change.org
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 03 Apr 2014

The Mauritian schoolgirl had been held at Yarl’s Wood detention centre, where another woman recently died. If we want to be a country that can be proud of helping those in need, we need to shut it down.

The first challenge to the ban on same-sex marriage at Westminster Registry Office on 19 March 1992. Photograph: Stephen Mayes
By Peter Tatchell - 28 Mar 2014

Peter Tatchell looks back on decades of campaigning that have finally resulted in the first same-sex marriages.

Blogs

The party's hypocrisy on privilege.
By George Eaton - 16 Apr 2014

The party attacked "privately educated" Times journalists. But its leader, treasurer, a third of its MEPs and all of its peers were similary well-schooled. 

Spokesman for the former PM rejects NS story.
By George Eaton - 16 Apr 2014

In response to NS story, spokesman for the former PM says "He is, and will remain, Member of Parliament for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath". 

Nigel Farage
By Rafael Behr - 16 Apr 2014

Conservatives are desperate for Ukip to falter but they may be underestimating the stubborness of the anti-politics vote.

For most, there is still no recovery at all.
By George Eaton - 16 Apr 2014

Average pay excluding bonuses remains below inflation. For most, there is still no recovery at all. 

The race is not narrowing at the rate the SNP needs to win.
By George Eaton - 16 Apr 2014

The latest TNS survey suggests that the race is not narrowing at the rate the nationalists need to win. 

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.
By New Statesman - 16 Apr 2014

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.

International politics

A pro-Russian activist holds an icon in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, 9 April. Photo: Getty
By David Patrikarakos - 17 Apr 2014

Standing in front of the barricades, two pensioners held up a banner with “For ever with Russia” emblazoned across it. The sentiment was uniform and unambiguous.

Glimmer of hope: women queue to vote in the recent Afghan elections
By New Statesman - 11 Apr 2014

It was by accident, not by design, that the UK avoided being drawn into the sectarian vortex of Syria.

Photo: Susannah Ireland/Eyevine
By William Dalrymple - 10 Apr 2014

The Afghan presidential election has been declared a success – but as the west finalises its pull-out, what the country's prospects?

Asma Assad comforts Syrian women in a photo from the offical Instagram account
By Sophie McBain - 10 Apr 2014

President Assad’s Instagram account is one of the more surreal examples of the use of social networking in the Syrian war.

Roma children arrive by bus in Romania after being sent back by French authorities in 2011. Photo: Getty Images
By Ashley Cowburn - 09 Apr 2014

In France, 20,000 Roma live in extreme poverty with little or no access to basic services and face a constant risk of forced evictions.

Pro-Russian activists guard a barricade at the Ukrainian regional Security Service building in Donetsk. Photo: Getty
By Linda Kinstler - 08 Apr 2014

Separatists in Donetsk and elsewhere are harking back to the 18th century territory of Novorossiya, as Moscow seems to be making moves to federalise Ukraine.

Environment

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.

Texas.
By Naomi Klein - 29 Oct 2013

Is our relentless quest for economic growth killing the planet? Climate scientists have seen the data – and they are coming to some incendiary conclusions.

By Natalie Bennett - 27 Sep 2013

The IPCC report has given the government a wake-up call.

The Fiddlers Ferry Power Station sits under a brooding sky in Cheshire
By Mehdi Hasan - 26 Sep 2013

Worse than the dottiest 9/11 conspiracy theorists, climate-change deniers — from our Tory Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson, to the US senator James Inhofe — are dawdling as the world’s poorest die.

New Statesman
By Bianca Jagger - 19 Sep 2013

There are clear conflicts of interest over the sources of the government’s advice on fracking. In 2012, Cameron was committed to renewable energy - what changed?

Law

An LGBT pride march in Paris. Photo: Getty
By Helen Belcher - 04 Apr 2014

Although gay couples can now marry, the law still distinguishes between heterosexual and same-sex marriages - and that can cause problems for trans people. 

Unlike the deadly silence elsewhere, there is often a busy buzz in the prison library. Photo: Getty
By Rene Denfeld - 01 Apr 2014

Rene Denfeld, a death penalty investigator and author, describes the power the written word has behind bars.

Supreme Court.
By Mark Nayler - 03 Mar 2014

Tooth, a 73-year-old veteran of divorce law, accused his former protégée Vardag of trying to pinch celebrity clients from him, and set about him in astonishing fashion.

A young Crystal Palace fan enjoys his hot dog before a match

Are we seeing the emergence of a two-tier legal system in which football fans are treated as a class apart? Martin Cloake and solicitor Darren White examine the evidence and ask whether we should have cause for concern.

By David Banks - 14 Feb 2014

The depth of feeling that exists about the disaster and what came after is entirely understandable. The attorney general has a difficult task ahead deciding what consititutes contempt of court in this unique circumstance.

It is time for a new law which places the cultural harms of pornography at its centre.