February 2013: most read on newstatesman.com

What you've been reading in the last month.

February was a busy month on newstatesman.com - 1,069,815 of you viewed 3,127,627 pages over the course of the year's shortest month. 

Among the most popular pieces were:

1. Jemima Khan on Julian Assange: how the Wikileaks founder alienated his allies

2. Is Ukip a party of bigots? Let's look at the evidence by Alex Andreou 

3. Hilary Mantel's precise, unkind words have been twisted into a "venomous" attack on Kate by Sarah Ditum

4. As the North of England's arts and culture is gutted, the London-centric press looks away by Holly Baxter

5. Don't be beguiled by Orwell: using plain and clear language is not always a moral virtue by Ed Smith


Caroline Crampton is head of podcasts at the New Statesman.

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NS#235: The Circle of Boris

The New Statesman podcast with Helen Lewis and Stephen Bush.

Helen and Stephen are joined by satirist and Private Eye writer Craig Brown to discuss the royal family and his new book about Princess Margaret. Then they analyse the way that Boris Johnson's Brexit intervention was amplified by the right-wing media. Finally, they answer a vital question: will Corbynism dominate the Labour party forever?

You can subscribe to the podcast through iTunes here or with this RSS feed: http://rss.acast.com/newstatesman, or listen using the player below.

Further reading:

Helen's column about Universal Credit.

Craig Brown's book: Ma'am Darling: 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret.