The Queen shakes hands with Martin McGuinness in Northern Ireland
The Queen’s handshake with the IRA and hilarity with Prince Harry
By Patrick Kielty - 28 June 11:13

The Queen makes yet another stop on her “Sorry one’s ancestors came” world tour.

Back in the marital home, I sleep in lonely vigil on the sofa
By Nicholas Lezard - 27 June 17:52

Coming up to the fifth anniversary of the eviction from the family home and I am beginning to wonder whether it is even a good idea to remember the anniversary, let alone mark it.

Does bisexuality exist? 400 women called Sarah say yes
By Samira Shackle - 15 June 10:43

Julie Bindel questioned the existence of bisexuality. But 400 women called Sarah disagree.

God's Peculiar People
By Nelson Jones - 14 June 12:11

British identity is much less linked to religion than it used to be - where does this leave the established church?

Word Games: Noise
By Sophie Elmhirst - 13 June 18:00

Some brains need peace and quiet

Leader: Gay marriage and the clash of fundamental values
By New Statesman - 13 June 16:59

The value of marriage would be increased, not diminished, through its extension to same-sex couples.

The victim of a drone strike in Gaza
Drone attacks go against every human rights principle in the book
By Geoffrey Robertson - 13 June 14:52

There is a sense that international law has failed.

The NS Profile: Rangers FC
By Kevin McKenna - 13 June 14:07

Glasgow Rangers FC represented everything that made working-class Protestant Scotland proud to be British. How was the football club reduced to this state?

The 2011 census.
Is there any such thing as British ethnicity?
By Samira Shackle - 13 June 10:31

Ethncity is officially "self-defined". Whether Cornish, Welsh, or Arab, you make a statement when you tick a box.

Refugees living in Britain celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
What does Britishness look like from the outside?
By Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi - 11 June 11:32

For those at the mercy of war, poverty, and global inequality, to be born in Britain is to be born powerful.

New Statesman
Fashion victims: why do glossy magazines keep glamorising violence?
By Rhiannon and Holly - 11 June 10:57

Fashion has often looked to violence and brutality as a way of shocking and titillating.

A partridge lies dead in the snow
The beauty of roadkill
By John Burnside - 06 June 12:58

John Burnside's nature column.

Queen Elizabeth in 1955
The royal soap opera
By Malcolm Muggeridge - 30 May 11:26

Malcolm Muggeridge's famous - and controversial - 1955 essay.

New Statesman
Is this the most offensive ad ever?
By Samira Shackle - 30 May 10:26

ASA releases list of most complained about adverts.

Video: Theresa May declares support for gay marriage
By Samira Shackle - 25 May 10:11

The Home Secretary becomes most senior politician to take part in Out4Marriage campaign.

The NS Interview: Bella Freud, designer and campaigner
By Jemima Khan - 23 May 11:36

“People would rather blame the victim than the bully”

New Statesman
No, I will not "grow a pair"
By Steve Baxter - 22 May 8:17

Men need to admit their vulnerability.

Alain de Botton, porn
Alain de Botton's "new kind of porn"
By Helen Lewis - 18 May 11:34

The philosopher wants to "excite our lusts".

New Statesman
Women's magazines: exposing their vagenda
By Rhiannon and Holly - 14 May 10:50

You’re no body if nobody loves you, say Rhiannon and Holly from The Vagenda in their first blog for

New Statesman
Walking like an inebriated goose
By Helen Lewis - 11 May 14:53

Christian Louboutin loves high heels – the higher the better. “I hate the whole concept of comfort!” he told the New Yorker last year. “‘Comfy’ – that’s one of the worst words! I just picture a woman feeling bad, with a big bottle of alcohol, really puffy.

New Statesman
Obsessive repulsive
By Will Self - 09 May 17:43

Compulsive hoarding is pretty out there, no?

New Statesman
Vive la France! A holiday with Hollande is true happiness
By Nicholas Lezard - 09 May 16:16

Well, not even I can stay in London all the time, so I take advantage of a recent windfall and decide to bugger off to Paris for a long weekend with the Beloved.

Kosher? It’s all around you
Kosher? It’s all around you
By Nina Caplan - 09 May 12:24

Does it seem as if Jewish cuisine has made no mark on Britain? Think again

In pursuit of perfection
In pursuit of perfection
By Helen Lewis - 09 May 11:39

Dining at Sur Mesure and Epicure on the Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris, Helen Lewis discovers the ob

New Statesman
The NS interview: Russell Kane, comedian
By Samira Shackle - 09 May 10:53

On the "smashing" of grammar schools.

New Statesman
The story of our stomachs
By Sophie Elmhirst - 09 May 10:45

In 1947, kippers and condensed milk were among Brits’ top food buys. Today, we stock up on flavoured

New Statesman
The Diary — John McCarthy
By John McCarthy - 02 May 15:24

The former Beirut hostage on the pleasures of fishing, memories of revolution in Paris . . . and say

New Statesman
The Yank has fitted in nicely: she drinks like a fish
By Nicholas Lezard - 02 May 12:20

There’s a strange light outside. It hangs high up in the sky, is impossible to look at directly and is making everything bright. When one turns the lights on in the Hovel, they make no difference. I ring round a few friends and do a little poking about on the internet.

Justin Fashanu.
Justin Fashanu and the politics of memory
By Juliet Jacques - 02 May 11:38

The narrative that homophobia in football was primarily responsible for his death forms a dauntingly