"What makes a great political thinker?" asks the Daily Politics
By Giles Dilnot - 26 November 14:03

Andrew Neil's BBC politics show is currently profiling the lives of influential figures such as like Ayn Rand, Karl Marx, Thomas Paine and Mary Wollstonecraft.

New Statesman
The Staggers named Best Online Comment Site
By George Eaton - 26 November 11:46

The New Statesman wins another gong at the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards.

The topsy–turvy world of newspaper regulation and government spies
By Martin Moore - 25 November 14:07

Press Freedom, Leveson, GCHQ and the Mad Hatter's Tea Party.

Obama’s drone warfare, Ashcroft on Cameron and the mystery of GQ’s absent editors
By Jason Cowley - 21 November 15:00

Robert Greenwald's documentary "Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars" is a work of ruthless propaganda - in the best sense. Meanwhile the purpose of Lord Ashcroft's planned biography is much less clear.

Heseltine’s act of faith and the redesign of the Independent
By Peter Wilby - 21 November 14:54

Plus: an incident down a dark alley

Chris Patten: “The BBC gets bashed more than Assad”
By Ed Smith - 21 November 10:26

The Chairman of the BBC Trust is on a mission to restore BBC confidence and moral authority.

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Has the phone hacking trial created a new form of journalism?
By David Banks - 11 November 13:56

The idea that the democratisation of news means we are all journalists now is, sadly, a fantasy.

Former News of the World editor and No 10 communications chief Andy Coulson
Andy Coulson arranged seven-star hotel stay for lover Rebekah Brooks and husband Ross Kemp, court told
By Press Gazette - 06 November 15:05

Andy Coulson is "very ambitious but not ruthless", the jury has heard from one of his closest friends.

Jeremy Paxman talks to Russell Brand on Newsnight.
"I decided not to vote once": Jeremy Paxman backs Russell Brand's apathy over politics
By Helen Lewis - 05 November 9:02

Newsnight presenter reveals he did not vote in a recent election, as he expresses sympathy with New Statesman guest editor's disillusionment with Westminster.

The front pages on Coulson and Brooks: spot the odd one out
By Media Mole - 01 November 10:00

One title, renowned for its prurient interests, seems to have strangely missed the story.

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Russell Brand's replies to contributors: From Russell with love
By Russell Brand - 31 October 15:46

Behind the scenes at the New Statesman guest edit.

Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson had an affair, hacking trial told
By Press Gazette - 31 October 14:53

The affair lasted at least six years, the jury has heard.

Russell Brand, whose essay in the NS elicited a reply from Robert Webb.
Robert Webb vs Russell Brand: why comedians are the last interesting people left
By Helen Lewis - 31 October 13:59

Comedians, uniquely, have nothing to sell but their opinions, and the way they package those opinions. They don’t say attention-grabbing things to publicise their other work: saying attention-grabbing things is their work.

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Shapps says BBC could lose its license fee
By Sophie McBain - 27 October 10:17

The Tory chairman said that the BBC could lose its right to the license fee if it doesn’t tackle its “culture” of secrecy, reporting bias and waste

New Statesman
As the Daily Mail and Guardian slug it out over MI5 and press reform, who really hates Britain?
By Peter Wilby - 24 October 14:47

Even the editor of the Mail seems less than confident about 'the man who hated Britain' now. Meanwhile, the Guardian featured "the world's leading editors" in a piece that failed to include a single journalist employed by Rupert Murdoch.

footprints in the snow.
The Maryville rape case: social media hurt Daisy Coleman - now it is helping her
By Holly Baxter - 19 October 10:06

Daisy Coleman is the latest in a series of girls to report that they were sexually assaulted and cyberbullied on social media. But we can't blame Twitter and Facebook for the existence of rape culture - and with #justice4daisy, they might have helped end

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Selling the Royal Mail, and the country that banned fee-paying schools
By Peter Wilby - 17 October 15:25

Finland, where fee-paying schools are illegal and league tables don't exist, does consistently well in educational surveys and produces some of the cleverest children. Plus: a magic formula for regulation.

Introducing our latest theme week: Race and media
By Helen Lewis - 14 October 12:08

The New Statesman partners with Writers of Colour to bring you a week of reflections on race in the press, TV, film and wider society.

Newspapers on the stand for sale
#AllWhiteFrontPages: Challenging the lack of ethnic minority representation in the media
By Samantha Asumadu - 14 October 11:46

Samantha Asumadu, founder of Media Diversity UK, explains the background to its campaigns.

New Statesman
Miliband v the Mail, Gordon Brown’s confessions and football’s endgame
By Peter Wilby - 10 October 15:14

The Mail gave Ed Miliband an opportunity to show that, far from being a calculating figure who knifed his brother, he is motivated by a profound love of “my Dad”.

The Daily Mail has its better angels too
By Sunder Katwala - 05 October 16:35

Whatever its faults, the paper was responsible for the best, most courageous and most impactful newspaper front page of my lifetime - on Stephen Lawrence.

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Why Labour politicans hate each other and I loved reading Melanie Phillips
By Peter Wilby - 03 October 15:37

Tory tensions, "cowardly" killers, and Cameron's bunny ears.

New Statesman
A battle with The Daily Beast
By Holly Baxter - 26 September 15:32

Did Tina Brown jump or was she pushed?

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Why do political parties need such lavish finance?
By Peter Wilby - 19 September 8:42

The problem with Universal Credit, the return of the TSB and a memory lapse at the theatre.

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Racism is endemic in fashion. Naomi Campbell's 'name and shame' might be the answer
By Holly Baxter - 17 September 12:08

The catwalk is white-washed, and industry insiders have been passing the buck for too long. A new tactic from The Diversity Coalition might finally change something.

Why are we still relying on decades-old stereotypes when we talk about the Middle East?
By Samira Shackle - 13 September 11:49

Media narratives and the stereotypes they employ matter because they frame the way the world understands events. The reporting of Middle Eastern conflicts has the potential power to impact western political responses.

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Socially useless activity by socially useless people
By Peter Wilby - 12 September 8:58

Peter Wilby's "First Thoughts" column: the day I dined with David Frost, why we should stay out of Syria, and who will really benefit from Vodafone selling its stake in Verizon Wireless.

John Lloyd, photographed by Lydia Goldblatt for the New Statesman.
John Lloyd: the brain behind QI
By Helen Lewis - 11 September 14:47

You probably haven’t heard of John Lloyd – but this self-described Stoic, whose career was derailed by depression, has probably made you laugh more times than anyone else.

Shadow chief secretary to the Treasury Rachel Reeves.
Newsnight editor Ian Katz brands Rachel Reeves "boring snoring" in Twitter fail
By Media Mole - 10 September 8:01

The programme's new editor insults the Labour shadow cabinet minister and refers to his former trade as "snooooozepapers".