Tweedledum and Tweedledee seek your votes. And guess which is further to the right?
By John Pilger - 28 May 13:00

The singular achievement of Tony Blair and his new right movement is the convergence of British parliamentary politics into two almost identical factions.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 28 May 13:00

On the Blair battle bus for a day, and what an illuminating experience. So far from pushing protesters forward to create incidents with the Great Helmsman, as alleged by Margaret McDonagh, the Labour Party general secretary, the media are cabin'd, cribb'd and confin'd.

I met the publicity officer. "Since when," I asked, "do schools need publicity?"
By Lauren Booth - 28 May 13:00

School sure has changed since I pulled up my knee-high navy socks for the last time 16 years ago. Stephen Twigg, the MP who ousted Michael Portillo so gloriously in 1997, gave a Q&A session at his old school in Southgate last week, and I went along to get a taste of the election atmosphere.

The night that 13 black teenagers died
By Darcus Howe - 28 May 13:00

The issue of the 13 teenagers, all black, who died in a fire at New Cross, south-east London, 20 years ago, keeps coming back. I have received a third letter from the police, inviting me to their offices to be interviewed.

The New Statesman Profile - Gaydar
By Malcolm Clark - 21 May 13:00

All penises are at least eight inches, and nobody is ever bald: welcome to the gay men's online dati

Guess what happened as they started electioneering: out came a few reports that ministers would prefer to hide
By Mark Thomas - 21 May 13:00

Recently, I was visited by canvassers. The friendly face appearing over a clipboard asked of my voting intentions.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 21 May 13:00

Judging by their behaviour, the androids (Tony Booth's phrase, not mine) in Millbank actually believe that Labour could lose the election. Here is the evidence.

My mother, 63 and disabled, hasn't received a penny in benefit for months
By Lauren Booth - 21 May 13:00

''And what do you think of old people?" asked the producer of the live afternoon show on ITV. The four co-presenters, myself included, looked thoughtfully at our hands for a moment and searched for a fitting soundbite that would stagger the audience without offending or annoying anyone.

Oldham has had race riots, just as I warned
By Darcus Howe - 21 May 13:00

In making my most recent series for Channel 4, White Tribe, I visited Oldham. I later wrote my New Statesman column (28 June 1999) on the town, expressing how it was very divided along racial lines, "and dangerously so".

Italians have hardly cut their baby teeth on democracy
By Cristina Odone - 14 May 13:00

My Italian cousin, visiting from Milan, was livid: the Economist was a dirty little rag, she screeched. The Financial Times was a waste of paper.

The big threat in the Middle East is Israel, not Iraq: it could play the nuclear card to blackmail the Americans
By John Pilger - 14 May 13:00

As George Bush escalates the new cold war begun by his father, the attention of his planners is moving to the Middle East.

American gunships terrify the Caribbean islands
By Darcus Howe - 14 May 13:00

The military engagement over China, and the subsequent manoeuvres in Taiwan, have given us some indication of George W Bush's approach to foreign policy. But it is ordinary Trinidadians who have had a direct and frightening taste of it.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 14 May 13:00

The grand old man of Tory politics has pronounced his party dead. BBC News 24's Nick Robinson persuaded Sir Edward Heath to give a valedictory interview after five decades in parliament.

I might just do those nude pics if they allow me to write the captions
By Lauren Booth - 14 May 13:00

''How much would it take for you to strip, Lauren?" asked Edwina Currie during her Radio 5 chat show, with what she imagined was a wicked sharpness in her voice. I sat and pulled a face at the other end of the phone line before I answered, because the question is getting really tired.

A mongrel always bites the hand that feeds it
By Darcus Howe - 07 May 13:00

Two political clowns, both members of the Tory party, have been occupying the stage for the past week or so: Lord (John) Taylor of Warwick and John Townend, MP for Yorkshire East. Their speciality is race relations.

BAE Systems should pay for a family's place on a lorry for every Hawk jet it sells to the country they are fleeing
By Mark Thomas - 07 May 13:00

After hearing Robin Cook's now infamous "chicken tikka masala" speech, I decided that my definition of hell would be seeing Cook make an acceptance speech for winning the Most Patronising Politician of the Year Award.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 07 May 13:00

More accurate estimates of Tony Blair's cull of backbenchers are starting to emerge, suggesting it will fall short of large-scale slaughter.

I advise Blair and co to watch Feelgood -- and laugh at their bizarre way of life
By Lauren Booth - 07 May 13:00

Wine was guzzled and everyone at the party after the show was in a mischievous mood. But staggering from group to group (two glasses had done for me), I heard the same questions cropping up over and over again: "Where are they?" "Why isn't one of them here?"

On the race issue, all have made asses of themselves
By Darcus Howe - 30 April 13:00

If this country depended on the Commission for Racial Equality and the official political parties for its racial stability, we would be in the midst of the most awful internecine war.

Academia is silent on imperialism, as German universities were during the rise of the Nazis
By John Pilger - 30 April 13:00

The other day, I attended a conference at the University of Sussex on the "new imperialism". What was extraordinary was that it took place at all.

The New Statesman Profile - the Bassetts
By Jackie Ashley - 30 April 13:00

<em>Election 2001</em> - New Labour's new power couple stand poised for big jobs following the elect

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 30 April 13:00

Whipped like curs to turn up for votes on the Finance Bill - the only bona fide piece of parliamentary business in this phoney election period - Labour backbenchers have little else to do but gossip about who's up and who's down.

I went to Momo - to see if the healer who helped Jonathan Aitken can help me
By Lauren Booth - 30 April 13:00

A new study claims that aromatherapy (and by extension complementary medicine in general) has no inherent power to stimulate our mood or to heal us. Unless we want it to, that is.

It is not genetic science that terrifies us, it's morals
By Cristina Odone - 23 April 13:00

Let us rid society of genetic defects! As a battle cry, this one seems pretty irresistible. James Watson, the father of DNA science, delivered it in the Independent, where he called for the law on genetic cloning to be changed.

I returned to Trinidad and just stared at my parents
By Darcus Howe - 23 April 13:00

Just 40 years ago, aged 18, I arrived in the UK. I disembarked at Southampton on a cold spring day with the old colonial British passport, free from the rigours of immigration. In those days, there were no national barriers between Trinidad and the UK. We were almost one colonial state.

The New Statesman Profile - Adam Phillips
By Nicholas Fearn - 23 April 13:00

The celebrity shrink writes beautiful prose, enjoys the acclaim of the stars - but has he ever helpe

The Terrorism Act is so vague that Jesus Christ Himself would class as a terrorist. Churchgoers, watch out!
By Mark Thomas - 23 April 13:00

Whenever people ask the question "What can direct action actually achieve?", there is an instant answer - "Seattle" - or there has been ever since a mixed group of teamsters, anarchists and people dressed as turtles shut down the World Trade Organisation.

Even the Tories are too tacky for Annabel's, never mind new Labour
By Lauren Booth - 23 April 13:00

Forget about winning Hastings, this government needs to get into Annabel's nightclub to really be in power.

If you're a Sophie, a Lauren or a Fergie, you are forever saying "No comment"
By Lauren Booth - 16 April 13:00

Throughout the land, Sophie Wessex is being branded a greedy and not very bright girl who "had it coming". But I'm inclined to feel a tiny bit sorry for her, now that she has been forced into purdah.

Today's kids must learn eventually to rock the boat
By Cristina Odone - 16 April 13:00

Meet the Organisation Kid. He is a workaholic, who has scheduled his life in order to squeeze the maximum study, work and exercise out of every single minute.

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