NS Essay - 'Religious radicals want to limit our freedoms, so to curb free speech is to give them exactly what they want'
By A C Grayling - 18 July 13:00

After the events of 7 July, the proposed law to criminalise incitement to racial hatred is even more

NS Essay - 'The importance of loyalty to an idea is not just a matter of personal conscience. It is a requirement of genuine democracy'
By Roy Hattersley - 11 July 13:00

When Tony Blair accused him of disloyalty, Roy Hattersley was inclined to let it go. Then he saw tha

Over the sea to Skye
By Natalie Brierley - 27 June 13:00

Scotland knows that its future lies in broadband, but it must not forget the islands. Natalie Brierl

By Stephen Davis - 27 June 13:00

Despite the government's anti-smoking bluster, the big tobacco companies live a charmed life in Brit

Worlds apart
By Iain Simons - 13 June 13:00

Video games - Forget the predictable consoles from Sony and Microsoft. Iain Simons finds a higher le

Not quite the last word
By Mark Seddon - 13 June 13:00

Observations on Marx

Deeds not words
By Diane Atkinson - 06 June 13:00

On the anniversary of Emily Wilding Davison's fatal Derby Day protest, Diane Atkinson suggests there

NS Essay - 'From Churchill to Macmillan on to Thatcher and Blair, British leaders have encouraged the idea that we can still be a global player. It is a fantasy'
By John Gray - 06 June 13:00

New Labour prides itself on "thinking the unthinkable", but its policies are still guided by the sta

NS Essay -'If Beethoven had been subject to the EU working hours limit he wouldn't have got further than the Fourth Symphony'
By Richard Reeves - 30 May 13:00

Britons see work as more central to their lives than other Europeans - and this is assumed to be a b

When the eyes don't have it
By Christina Zaba - 30 May 13:00

With its built-in iris measurements and fingerprints, the high-tech ID card is held up by the govern

The nuclear charm offensive
By Jonathan Leake - 23 May 13:00

We are all being taken in by a carefully planned public relations strategy. Its mission: to push nuc

Suzanne Moore: Extremism in Ipswich
By Suzanne Moore - 25 April 13:00

If al-Qaeda had been around when I was growing up in Ipswich, I would have joined it.

Too angry to vote
By Kathryn Corrick - 25 April 13:00

Election views - online

A simple prank by a 13-year-old. Now her genetic records are on the National DNA Database for ever
By Tom Wall - 25 April 13:00

Britain commands greater powers than any other state to obtain, use and store genetic information. R

Bring back stinks and bangs!
By Robin McKie - 18 April 13:00

Children's scientific curiosity is being stifled by teachers' fear of safety regulations and court a

Tangled web for ex-MPs
By Kathryn Corrick - 18 April 13:00

Election views - online

Blood and gore on the web
By Rachel Halliburton - 28 March 13:00

Observations on teenage cults

NS Essay - Does sex make us happy? Don't talk about it . . .
By Richard Reeves - 28 March 13:00

Our satisfaction in bed is not rising in relation to the public obsession with open sexuality - in f

In need of a master plan
By Natalie Brierley - 14 March 12:00

New Statesman/BT Round table - The rural communities of Yorkshire and the Humber are increasingly im

The business - Patrick Hosking learns how to ruin the banks
By Patrick Hosking - 14 March 12:00

Just like eBay, a new online business is cutting out the middleman - in this case, the banks. Can it

NS Essay - Whether it's sex, drink, schools or culture, the English are extremists
By George Walden - 07 March 12:00

England doesn't deserve its reputation for moderation. Where else do you find, in the same country,

A classier waiting experience
By Joe Moran - 07 March 12:00

Observations on queues

It's everywhere: just don't talk about it
By Johann Hari - 07 March 12:00

For thousands of ever younger people, hard-core pornography on the internet is becoming their introd

Why Greens are invisible
By David Cromwell & David Edwards - 28 February 12:00

Observations on the media

NS Essay - After two terms of Labour, the nation still largely thinks Tory
By Richard Reeves - 21 February 12:00

Ministers say they want to bring about a "progressive consensus". Since even the US neo-cons claim t

US sinners repent
By Tony Grayling - 14 February 12:00

Observations on global warming

Bloggers strike first
By Kathryn Corrick - 14 February 12:00

Iran -