Portrait by Leonie Hampton for the New Statesman
David Bailey: “I like George Osborne. He makes sense to me”
By Rebecca McClelland - 26 July 9:04

The photographer on politics, the East End and his time as a debt collector.

Russell Brand and David Walliams
True bromance: David Walliams interviews Russell Brand
By David Walliams - 11 July 12:30

Russell Brand doesn’t read the papers, now that he’s in them – but that doesn’t stop him having opinions on everything from the meaning of Britishness to the “spirituality” of socialism. David Walliams tries to keep up.

A woman looks at a selection of pornographic magazines
Is there any point in making porn for women?
By Rhiannon and Holly - 09 July 8:33

Perhaps if the choice weren't so limited, women would be a bit more interested.

Will Self
Will Self: Who is the baldest of them all?
By Will Self - 04 July 16:49

As we approach our middling years, we tip the other way on the fulcrum of delusion.

Kate Middleton and Kate Moss
Your choice of "wifestyle": be like Kate Moss or Kate Middleton
By Rhiannon and Holly - 02 July 9:28

According to Grazia, being like one of the Kates is the only way for a married woman to behave.

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

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