George Orwell. Illustration by Ralph Steadman
The Orwell wars
By New Statesman - 29 May 16:33

Between October 1931 and August 1943, George Orwell wrote a string of reviews and essays for the NS. So why did he aim such vitriol at Kingsley Martin and why did they fall out over the Spanish civil war? D J Taylor and Adrian Smith present two different views.

New Statesman
Are you ready for the era of Big Data?
By Steven Poole - 29 May 9:42

Business agrees with governments — the more personal information they gather about us, the more “helpful” they can be. Should we give in to this “harmless” new science of benign surveillance?

Out of the cold
By Alex Preston - 29 May 9:27

A cultural renaissance in Siberia.

Usain Bolt celebrates with fans after setting a world record for the 4x100m
Why the Olympics inspire us
By David Puttnam - 29 May 8:46

Continuing our "What makes us human?" series.

Emily Wilding Davison.
Laurie Penny on the suffragettes: Emily Wilding Davison made the only choice she could bear
By Laurie Penny - 28 May 11:06

She made herself intolerable to a system she found impossible to tolerate.

The Mr Men game
By Richard J Evans - 23 May 14:44

Richard J Evans challenges Michael Gove’s history agenda.

Why inhumanity is winning
By Brian May - 23 May 12:11

It will win only if we let it. It has been said that, for evil to flourish, it takes only a few good men to do nothing about it.

My beautiful launderette
By Yo Zushi - 23 May 9:35

Bohemian Rhapsodies.

Ruins of people’s lives
By Ned Beauman - 23 May 9:31

The shadowy subculture of gang stalking.

Occupy Washington. Situationist ideas can be seen in Occupy, the Yes Men, Anonym
The Spectacle of Disintegration
By Juliet Jacques - 16 May 16:22

An interview with McKenzie Wark.

Lift up your voices: The century-long battle for women's freedom
By Natasha Walter - 15 May 16:27

The <em>NS</em> of 1913 may have been in the vanguard for women’s rights yet its tone was hectoring, even patronising. But today’s popular feminists should not forget that the pioneers’ concerns still have weight.

What is going to happen in the next hundred years?
By John Gray - 15 May 16:03

The world is back to where it was in the late 19th century — no one great power controls everything on the planet, not the US and not China. And that makes the threat of war inescapable.

On the Thames estuary
By Caroline Crampton - 15 May 10:42

"The estuary doesn’t yield all its secrets on first glance. An hour or so out from the Isle of Sheppey, we arrive at seven bizarre constructions that look as if they belong in War of the Worlds..."

New Statesman
How German football became the best in Europe
By Jonathan Wilson - 09 May 16:43

The Bundesliga has gone back to basics.

CAPITAL LETTERS, affectedly boisterous sex, little girl voice: internet feminists all write the same. This is a problem
By Martha Gill - 09 May 13:20

The perils of Groupthink - Martha Gill's "Irrational Animals" column.

'Catafalque' by British Artist Sean Henry in the grounds of Glyndebourne.
Culture is what separates us from the rest of the living world
By A C Grayling - 08 May 10:03

A C Grayling: What makes us human?

The family is where we learn love
By Jonathan Sacks - 02 May 7:22

Faith is the redemption of solitude.

New Statesman
What makes us human?
By Phil Jones - 02 May 7:12

Introducing a new series on the most fundamental question of all, in partnership with BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine show.

Sleeping Girl.
The darkness beyond language
By Rebecca Wait - 29 April 9:38

A novelist's account of depression and the struggle to find words to describe it.

The pantomime horse
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 25 April 8:12

Jonathan Derbyshire looks back at his predecessors in the literary editor’s chair.

The New Statesman: A nursery of talent
By Claire Tomalin - 25 April 8:11

Claire Tomalin looks back on her time as an NS staffer.

Terry Pratchett, science and story telling
By A S Byatt - 25 April 7:31

The best of all possible worlds.

Like B*Witched and the SDP, I am far greater than the sum of my parts
By Susan Calman - 19 April 7:40

Playing Top Trumps inside your own head.

Absolutely Fabulous
Edmund Wilson's Words of Ill-Omen: "Superb" and "Fabulous"
By Edmund Wilson - 18 April 11:47

The American man of letters teaches you how to use words.

The simple courage of decision: a leftist tribute to Thatcher
By Slavoj Zizek - 17 April 10:55

What we need today is a Thatcher of the left: a leader who would repeat Thatcher’s gesture in the opposite direction, transforming the entire field of presuppositions shared by today’s political elite.

Artwork by Ryan Schude.
The paradox of fairness
By Jenny Diski - 09 April 9:11

Is the world a better place if the vicious suffer for their viciousness? And what exactly are just deserts?

The Great Train Robbery: Why do we have such a peculiar romantic fondness for thieves?
By Duncan Campbell - 09 April 7:13

Duncan Campbell, who knew many of the old-style robbers, explores why we all still love a villain.