The New Statesman’s rolling politics blog


Pakistan: by numbers
By Jon Bernstein - 23 August 13:39

History, ethnic mix and religious breakdown — all in one elegant infographic.

What Australia’s elections tell us about the Alternative Vote
By Samira Shackle - 23 August 13:00

The “decisive” voting system led to a hung parliament — does this tell us anything we didn’t already

Australian election: the Cartoon
By George Eaton - 23 August 12:54

Watch as the Australian election gets animated.

Why George Osborne’s cuts will widen inequality
By George Eaton - 23 August 10:35

The countries with the biggest cuts also suffered the largest increases in inequality.

CommentPlus: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 23 August 8:55

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

The scandal of the lost generation
By Jason Cowley - 22 August 17:31

Why are so many young people unable to get a job or a place at university?

The next chapter in Blair’s pursuit of wealth
By Sophie Elmhirst - 22 August 13:05

New reports reveal that he has registered a “Mayfair bank” with the FSA.

Here comes another coalition
By Sophie Elmhirst - 22 August 12:20

Australia’s prime minister, Julia Gillard, fails to win an outright majority.

Death of a conspiracy theory?
By Sophie Elmhirst - 22 August 11:28

The pathologist who performed David Kelly’s post-mortem speaks out.

Ten reasons why Charles Kennedy should not join Labour
By Sholto Byrnes - 22 August 10:31

From Iraq to class warfare: why Kennedy must stay loyal to the Liberal Democrats.

CommentPlus: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 22 August 9:04

The ten must-read pieces from the Sunday papers.

WikiLeaks founder accused of rape
By Daniel Trilling - 21 August 14:06

Swedish police issue then retract arrest warrant, as Julian Assange warns of “dirty tricks” campaign

David Miliband’s party tips
By Daniel Trilling - 21 August 13:12

The key to success? “Get the nibbles in.”

Wyclef Jean told he cannot run in Haiti presidential election
By Staff blogger - 21 August 12:53

Pop star’s bid to run the Caribbean state rejected.

The Con-Dem book burning
By Jason Stamper - 21 August 11:53

New government quietly deletes online education resource.

By Staff blogger - 20 August 17:18

Stig threatened with lawsuit, Facebook launches feature, South Korea blocks North Korea’s activities

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 20 August 17:06

The five must-read blogs from today, including the world’s biggest arms dealer and North Korea’s You

Is Ramadan a threat to Muslim success at London 2012?
By Tom Phillips - 20 August 16:20

Muslim Olympians will have to decide whether or not they fast during 2012, but will it cost them?

Clegg stakes everything on the coalition
By George Eaton - 20 August 15:57

Lib Dems won’t pull out if referendum is lost ++ Clegg claims party’s “identity crisis” would be wor

Andy Burnham slips up on the BBC
By Caroline Crampton - 20 August 14:13

Labour leadership candidate puts his foot in it as he condemns the BBC for being too “London-centric

A-levels and predicted grades should be scrapped
By Richard Darlington - 20 August 13:05

The current system is elitist and outdated, and forms a barrier to social mobility.

Labour on the verge of bankruptcy
By George Eaton - 20 August 12:37

John Prescott warns of possible financial meltdown as Labour faces debts of £20m.

Cutting back on university places will create a lost generation
By Aaron Porter - 20 August 12:18

150,000 students have made the grade but will be denied a place. What does the government expect the

The media revolution is still changing our lives
By Nick Petrie - 20 August 12:14

We now spend 45 per cent of our waking lives consuming media, often more than one source at a time.

CommentPlus: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 20 August 12:11

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

One in five Americans believe Obama is a Muslim
By Caroline Crampton - 19 August 17:27

New polling data shows that misconceptions about Obama’s faith have increased since he took office.

Sarah Palin to racist DJ: “Don’t retreat . . . reload!”
By George Eaton - 19 August 16:01

Palin’s shocking defence of US DJ Laura Schlessinger, who quit after racist slurs.

Why MigrationWatch is wrong — a plea for a more robust debate on immigration
By Sarah Mulley - 19 August 15:34

If MigrationWatch wants to be taken seriously, it needs to go back to the statistics textbooks.

Resits undermine A-level standards
By Anastasia de Waal - 19 August 13:49

Allowing students to resit examinations favours more affluent students and turns grades into questio

Lib Dem rebels circle Philip Green
By George Eaton - 19 August 13:13

Latest coalition appointment under fire over tax avoidance.