The Ministry of Defence has anti-vehicle mines, but has not bothered to find out that a skipping child could easily explode them
By Mark Thomas - 07 January 12:00

The Ministry of Defence has long been regarded as a pimp for the arms industry in Britain.

The company once known as, run by T Blair, CEO, should close down its Department of Health
By Robert Peston - 17 December 12:00

The strategy is confused. Difficult decisions are being ducked. The directors are at each other's throats. Such is my end-of-year assessment of NewWorldOrder plc, the company briefly branded as, led by T Blair.

The real story behind America's war
By John Pilger - 17 December 12:00

Since 11 September, the "war on terrorism" has provided a pretext for the rich countries, led by the United States, to further their dominance over world affairs.

I meet the Brixton police chief who goes easy on drugs
By Darcus Howe - 17 December 12:00

I can't remember a time when issues of policing were so heavily on the Home Office agenda. The Home Secretary, David Blunkett, is posing as the ultimate reformer.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 17 December 12:00

David Blunkett regards critics of his anti-terrorism bill, which makes Draco look like Mr Chips, as "naive". He also dismisses the home affairs correspondents of the national press as "negative". He has deigned to meet them only twice since becoming Home Secretary.

Did Rupert Murdoch get it wrong? Will the Guardian outlast all the other broadsheet newspapers?
By Amanda Platell - 17 December 12:00

Rupert Murdoch predicted that, in the 21st century, only one newspaper would survive in each market sector in Britain: the Sun (red-top market), the Daily Mail (mid-market) and you can guess which paper (broadsheet).

When a Turk can lose his liberty for publishing Chomsky, maybe it is logical for God to see Blunkett as Moses
By Mark Thomas - 17 December 12:00

No matter what politicians say about the need for them, anti-terror laws hardly ever work. They normally decrease the civil liberties that they are designed to protect and, as was the case in Northern Ireland, give people another reason for joining terrorist organisations.

Sophia monitors the press for biased reports on Arabs. It's a full-time job
By Lauren Booth - 17 December 12:00

Last week, a group of pro-Palestinian activists met at "ArRum" in Clerkenwell. Sophia Desai, a lobbyist for Green Ribbon, the Muslim human rights organisation, welcomed me to "the Arab Groucho Club".

The New Statesman Profile - Robert Kilroy-Silk
By Nick Cohen - 17 December 12:00

Our Man of the Year is a super-rich celeb who claims to know what the people want: the transient fam

Uncork the fizz at once! The fall of Enron, the energy giant, is good news for everyone who believes in competition
By Robert Peston - 10 December 12:00

Enron was hubris incorporated. It christened itself "the world's leading company" and it stomped through the capital cities of the world, extolling the virtues of liberalised energy markets.

If Becks were blown up by Bin Laden after winning the World Cup, he might get more coverage than Beatle George
By Amanda Platell - 10 December 12:00

The collective mid-life crisis experienced by the executives on our national newspapers last week was almost palpable. With the death of the former Beatle George Harrison, we witnessed these baby boomers struggling to come to terms with their own mortality.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 10 December 12:00

Labour backbenchers with a clear view of the top of lain Duncan Smith's head during Prime Minister's Questions insist that his dome has a cosmetic cover of matt make-up. "It doesn't shine, unlike William Hague's," one confides.

A Good Samaritan today would help you only if you were wearing Armani
By Lauren Booth - 10 December 12:00

"Strangers are just friends we haven't met yet": a treacly Americanism that no longer holds sway in our city centre, where strangers, too, are separated into classes, and the chances are that a modern Samaritan would be more likely to cross the road to help if the victim were dressed in Armani r

How I taught a mugger a lesson he would not forget
By Darcus Howe - 10 December 12:00

One evening last week, just out of the barber's and on my way to the pub, I was trotting through one of Brixton's darker alleyways. A group of young men stood lazily under a street light. As I approached, one left the pack and crossed the road.

Why you no longer get mayhem on the streets of Brixton
By Darcus Howe - 03 December 12:00

The Observer last weekend carried a long article - part of an entire supplement on race - by Diran Adebayo, a young black novelist of Nigerian descent. Adebayo confessed that he is confused. I do not see why.

The BBC's political programming, like the Tory party, is pompous, exclusive and self-regarding
By Amanda Platell - 03 December 12:00

Open letter to Greg Dyke

Dear Greg,
Delighted to hear that your six-month review of the BBC's "worthy but dull" (your words not mine) political programming has come to an end, which will no doubt also be the fate of some of your shows. And not before time.

Britain has traded with just about every dictator with a homoerotic military uniform and a pair of bad sunglasses
By Mark Thomas - 03 December 12:00

Britain's record for arming dictators, political psychopaths and murderous bastards is well known and long established. Basically, if you can sit through a Rorschach test and see butchered corpses in every card held up, Britain will sell you weapons.

I checked my bag for old grass before my visit to New Scotland Yard
By Lauren Booth - 03 December 12:00

A colleague asked if I would like to join an exclusive tour around the "Black Museum" at New Scotland Yard, and the word "yes" fell from my lips, despite my being in the dark as to what a "black" museum was.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 03 December 12:00

Is this the first Zinoviev e-mail? Conservative officials are bleating that the electronic letter allegedly sent by their chairman, David Davis, to the Ipswich Tories, saying that the by-election there would be a test of lain Duncan Smith's leadership, is a fake.

Amazing! The Treasury has realised we have to pay more for our public services. Even the Queen Mum knew that
By Robert Peston - 03 December 12:00

Why was Derek Wanless the Treasury's ideal candidate to write a report on the chronic underfunding of the health service, which paves the way for Labour's first serious raid on the piggy banks of Middle England?

I await news anxiously: will my son, aged 16, join the jihad?
By Darcus Howe - 26 November 12:00

Earlier this month, the front page of the Trinidad and Tobago Mirror - in which I once had a column titled "Without Malice" - was headlined "Join the Jihad". It had a huge picture of Hasan Anyabwile, described as a former head of security for the Islamic group Jamaat al-Muslimeen.

The left is supposed to believe in diverse cultures, but it draws the line at the Sun
By Amanda Platell - 26 November 12:00

Reading about David Yelland, the editor of the Sun, recently, you could be forgiven for thinking that the left-wing press, and some of the right, had discovered a previously unknown, bald, beardless Bin Laden lieutenant.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 26 November 12:00

Further intelligence from the Anji Hunter front. The word at Westminster now is that Tony Blair's principal private aide quit her post because she knows that the Prime Minister proposes to stand down sooner rather than later.

Do you enjoy showering with men and picking on sissies? Join the military
By Lauren Booth - 26 November 12:00

Cyberspace is, to coin an old-fashioned phrase, "no place for a lady". Behind the thin veneer of science, entertainment and shopping online, there hides a clandestine world of compulsive hedonism and crass sexism.

By present standards, chimpanzees could manage pension funds. And they wouldn't want seven-figure bonuses
By Robert Peston - 19 November 12:00

The price of a cup of coffee at the Sheraton, Doha, is $10. It is a classic case of short-term profit maximisation at the cost of potential long-term damage to the Sheraton brand.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 19 November 12:00

While the bombs fall on Afghanistan, unnoticed dirty work is afoot in Gibraltar. The Foreign Office is secretly cooking up a deal with Madrid for the future of the Rock, and Jack Straw is too busy reliving the 1930s to bother with the issue.

We should ban politicians from the Today programme: I prefer not to wake up to their desperate pleading
By Amanda Platell - 19 November 12:00

The moment has come to think the unthinkable. Well, actually, the moment came when I was lying in bed this week listening to the Today programme.

The New Statesman Profile - Derry Irvine
By Andy McSmith - 19 November 12:00

He wants the press shackled and the Lords turned into a selectocracy. Who can stop the chief of Tony

The proposed Ilisu dam is dead! We've won! You'd need to climb a scaffold to pull the grin off my face
By Mark Thomas - 19 November 12:00

For those of you who regard yourselves as being on the left, there is a word with which you might not be too familiar, and that word is "victory". The left is accustomed to noble defeats.

These days, it seems, it's OK to hate travellers, redheads, gypsies and midgets
By Lauren Booth - 19 November 12:00

Every time a character in Snatch repeated the film's catchphrase, "I fuckin' 'ate pykies", Tim, sitting next to me, gasped with mirth. "Me too, me too," he tittered.