UK politics

By James Murray - 27 Jan 2015

We're going to have to be clear what homes we want, clear how we're going to get them – and clear when to stare our opponents down.

By Anoosh Chakelian - 27 Jan 2015

Alan Milburn, the former Health Secretary under Tony Blair, has criticised Ed Miliband's agenda on the health service.

By Vera Baird - 27 Jan 2015

A Police and Crime Commissioner is making the case for domestic violence perpetrator programmes.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip
By Ashley Cowburn - 27 Jan 2015

Over half of first-time Green voters support retaining the monarchy. It’s unlikely they would be thrilled to see the Queen placed on the social housing register.

“Coalition is a contract, not a marriage”. Photo: YouTube screengrab
By Anoosh Chakelian - 27 Jan 2015

The Lib Dem peer who has just taken up the party's presidency talks electoral strategy, the Lord Rennard case, and why Nick Clegg shouldn't have made coalition look like “a marriage”.

By Anoosh Chakelian - 27 Jan 2015

The Prime Minister has said he would only agree to the TV debates under certain circumstances.

Human Rights

London activists march in 2014. Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
By John Simpson - 22 Jan 2015

Boko Haram now controls more towns in Nigeria and an election is drawing near.

Win, lose or draw: the Iranian cartoonist Mana Neyestani was jailed in 2006
By Anoosh Chakelian - 15 Jan 2015

The experience of cartoonists like Ali Ferzat, whose hands were broken in 2011, provides a bleak backdrop to the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

The Home Office has renewed Serco's contract to run the Yarl's Wood detention centre. Photo: Getty Images
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 27 Nov 2014

The detention centre in Buckinghamshire, where 400 women await deportation, has been dogged by allegations of mistreatment - so why has the company which has run it for the last seven years been awarded a new contract?

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.

Blogs

By James Murray - 27 Jan 2015

We're going to have to be clear what homes we want, clear how we're going to get them – and clear when to stare our opponents down.

By Anoosh Chakelian - 27 Jan 2015

Alan Milburn, the former Health Secretary under Tony Blair, has criticised Ed Miliband's agenda on the health service.

By Vera Baird - 27 Jan 2015

A Police and Crime Commissioner is making the case for domestic violence perpetrator programmes.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip
By Ashley Cowburn - 27 Jan 2015

Over half of first-time Green voters support retaining the monarchy. It’s unlikely they would be thrilled to see the Queen placed on the social housing register.

“Coalition is a contract, not a marriage”. Photo: YouTube screengrab
By Anoosh Chakelian - 27 Jan 2015

The Lib Dem peer who has just taken up the party's presidency talks electoral strategy, the Lord Rennard case, and why Nick Clegg shouldn't have made coalition look like “a marriage”.

By Anoosh Chakelian - 27 Jan 2015

The Prime Minister has said he would only agree to the TV debates under certain circumstances.

International politics

A January rally for Charlie Hebdo in Trafalgar Square. Photo: Rob Stothard/Getty Images
By Sylvie Bermann - 23 Jan 2015

The French ambassador to the UK shares how London's response to Charlie Hebdo gave hope after the attacks.

Syriza supporters attending a rally in central Athens. Photo: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images
By Theo Papadopoulos - 23 Jan 2015

If the pollsters are right, Syriza could win by a large margin, ending four decades of two-party rule in Greece.

London activists march in 2014. Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
By John Simpson - 22 Jan 2015

Boko Haram now controls more towns in Nigeria and an election is drawing near.

The 11 January Charlie Hebdo rally in Paris. Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
By Andrew Hussey - 22 Jan 2015

In the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo shooting, we must address France's long war with its Arabs. Andrew Hussey reports from Paris.

By André Carrilho
By New Statesman - 22 Jan 2015

Following the events in Paris, the New Statesman asked eight of our regular illustrators to memorialise those murdered at Charlie Hebdo.

By Shiraz Maher - 22 Jan 2015

Jihadis increasingly favour less sophisticated attacks on western soil. The danger to Britain is real and significant.

Environment

Stacked peat turf in Connemara. Photo: Tim Graham/Rex
By John Burnside - 27 Jan 2015

94 percent of our peat bogs have been destroyed. Saving them is a vital step in securing our planet's future.

Growing appeal: the Green Party's only MP, Caroline Lucas. Photo: David Levene/Eyevine
By Tim Wigmore - 06 Nov 2014

In 2010, there was little to suggest that Ukip would comprehensively surpass the Greens. While Lucas won the seat of Brighton Pavilion, Nigel Farage came in third when he tried to oust John Bercow in Buckingham.

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. 

Law

The atrium at HMP Pentonville in London. Photo: Ian Waldie/Getty
By Andrew Katzen - 27 Jan 2015

Thanks to our ageing population and the surge in harsher sentences, British prisons are slowly turning into dysfunctional nursing homes.

It has been pointed out that Justice Secretary Chris Grayling is quite often the defendant in judicial review proceedings. Photo: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 09 Dec 2014

Judicial review is the mechanism by which citizens can hold the government to its own laws. With the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill, the justice secretary is trying to put it out of reach.

A view of a sign at Greenwich Magistrates Court is pictured in south-east London, on July 10, 2008. Photo: Getty Images
By David Banks - 08 Dec 2014

Coverage of our courts is being censored - because magistrates are too quick to impose unnecessary reporting restrictions. In the interests of open justice, this has to stop.

 

What place does the law have in what happens privately between consenting adults? Photo: Getty
By Jane Fae - 01 Dec 2014

The Ministry of Justice has begun a review process into a law that is widely recognised as outdated, archaic in language, and Victorian in its approach. But do they really want to change anything?

The atrium at HMP Pentonville in London. Photo: Ian Waldie/Getty
By Lilian Pizzichini - 28 Nov 2014

Sweden’s prison population is shrinking, and they are actually closing facilities because they aren’t needed. What are they doing differently?

Not this kind of tiger, clearly. Photo: Getty
By Margaret Corvid - 27 Oct 2014

Experts predicted that the law would result in fewer than 30 cases a year. Instead, there have been thousands of convictions. The Act is not fit for purpose.