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The "right" to discriminate? It doesn't exist
By Frances Ryan - 19 November 10:15

You have the right to be homophobic -- but not to put these beliefs into harmful action.

What is Britain's role in the CIA's illegal drone campaign?
By Samira Shackle - 19 November 9:49

The death of two British nationals in Pakistan raises serious questions about UK complicity.

Why Osborne is wrong on the Robin Hood Tax
By Simon Chouffot - 19 November 9:04

The Chancellor has framed the debate as an EU attack on British prosperity. This does not stand-up.

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 19 November 8:09

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

In defence of Richard Littlejohn
By Ellie Mae O'Hagan - 18 November 16:44

His columns have the same effect as switching on the lights during an orgy.

Web Only: best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 18 November 16:00

The five must-read blogs from today, including why the left should oppose state funding of parties.

Cameron and Merkel fail to progress
By George Eaton - 18 November 14:08

The pair's smiles couldn't disguise the level of disagreement.

Miliband needs entrepreneur evangelists
By Rafael Behr - 18 November 11:45

The Labour leader's critique of "predatory" capitalism would be more effective delivered by experien

The real reason the UK fears an EU Tobin tax
By Richard Morris - 18 November 10:23

French farmers are set fair to do well out of an European Tobin tax.

Osborne squeezes benefits again
By George Eaton - 18 November 9:26

Benefits will not be raised in line with September inflation in order to cut fuel duty.

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 18 November 7:58

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

Why the Fortnum & Mason protesters’ case matters
By Adam Ramsay - 17 November 17:44

The judge said we had not been personally intimidating, then found us guilty anyway. What now for th

Targets. They hurt, but (sometimes) they work
By Rafael Behr - 17 November 16:24

A u-turn on NHS waiting times shows the Conservatives have realised how hard it is getting things do

Web Only: best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 17 November 16:02

The five must-read blogs from today, including why Osborne's deficit target isn't as tough as you th

In this week's New Statesman: The myth of the Fourth Reich
By Alice Gribbin - 17 November 14:22

Why Germany has to save Europe | Books of the Year | Jemima Khan on Pakistan | Stuart Maconie on EMI

US will not air climate change episode of Frozen Planet
By Samira Shackle - 17 November 13:38

BBC defends decision to give world TV channels the option of dropping the final episode of David Att

What if ... Gordon Brown was leading the Eurozone crisis?
By Guy Lodge - 17 November 12:23

The former PM's reputation deserves to be reconsidered in light of Europe's current economic problem

Osborne's failure could cost the Tories a majority
By George Eaton - 17 November 9:19

The Chancellor will no longer be able to wipe the slate clean and offer tax cuts.

Listed: the 80-plus states that criminalise homosexuality today
By Jon Bernstein - 17 November 8:34

Belize will be first target of new legal rights group.

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 17 November 7:45

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

Web Only: best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 16 November 16:14

The five must-read posts from today, including Paul Krugman on the Bank of England, and the economic

New Statesman cover | 21 November
By Staff blogger - 16 November 15:53

A sneak preview of tomorrow's New Statesman cover.

Government of the technocrats, by the technocrats, for the technocrats
By David Skelton - 16 November 15:17

Democracy must not be regarded as merely an optional extra when solving economic problems.

Could Ukip overtake the Lib Dems?
By George Eaton - 16 November 14:09

Lib Dems fall to seven per cent in new poll, just two points ahead of Ukip.

Jim Murphy: security is at the heart of the new centre ground
By Rafael Behr - 16 November 13:11

The Shadow Defence Secretary has a theory about the changing complexion of British politics

News of the World reporter implicated in phone-hacking breaks his silence
By Samira Shackle - 16 November 11:38

Neville Thurlbeck alleges that senior <em>News of the World</em> executives kept James Murdoch in th

The Chinese banking accident waiting to happen
By Rafael Behr - 16 November 11:16

An IMF report suggests Beijing is storing up huge problems in its disordely and opaque financial sys

Youth unemployment hits a million
By George Eaton - 16 November 9:46

Unemployment rises to 2.62m, while youth unemployment reaches 1.02m, the highest level since 1992.

It's Britain vs Germany on the Robin Hood tax
By George Eaton - 16 November 9:01

Merkel ally warns that Britain will not "get away with" opposition to a transactions tax.

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 16 November 7:56

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

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