After Stanley fell prey to two "ladies", I itched for revenge, McVeigh style
By Lauren Booth - 25 June 13:00

Stanley is the grandfather of my close friend Hailey, but he is also our "honorary grandad". He has been adopted by all of Hailey's friends over the decades, and his cheerful brand of loyalty and support disproves the adage that "blood is thicker than water".

What Michael Portillo can learn from Madonna and Koo
By Cristina Odone - 25 June 13:00

The last time I saw Koo Stark, she was talking about the size of her post-pregnancy breasts to a captivated businessman. It was at one of our weekly New Statesman lunches, and the rest of the table stared on, mesmerised, as Koo prattled about lactating bosoms and post-partum libido.

Gang rape is too prevalent in the Caribbean community
By Darcus Howe - 25 June 13:00

Three Christmases ago, I got myself in quite a stew in a sharp confrontation with the black leaders of anti-racism, who were backed by the entire editorial team of the recently launched black weekly the New Nation.

The violence of a few protesters in Gothenburg is trivial. Blair runs a violent government, which sells lethal weapons
By John Pilger - 25 June 13:00

The young people who have had the courage to take to the streets on every continent, and were among the 20,000 protesters at Gothenburg, should take satisfaction from the panic of new right politicians like Blair and Berlusconi.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 18 June 13:00

The unwritten story behind Robin Cook's defenestration from a high window in the Foreign Office lies in Washington. Quite simply, the Americans do not like Cook, and they told Blair to get rid of him.

Mobile to his ear, the Labour boy turned pale. "Mandy's lost . . ." he said. My heart raced
By Lauren Booth - 18 June 13:00

Sebastian is from Poland. He paints posh homes for a pittance, but he doesn't like to complain. We are in a friend's kitchen on the day of the election, both involved in tasks that we loathe and, as it turns out, that we are not very good at.

If Cook or Straw believes that an Iraqi can live a sane and productive life on $2.27 a week, then let them try it
By Mark Thomas - 18 June 13:00

Everyone who criticises the United Nations sanctions on Iraq is called an apologist for Saddam Hussein, so I should say straightaway that Saddam is a bastard.

Hurrah! We non-voters easily won the general election
By Darcus Howe - 18 June 13:00

Before the election, the editor of the New Statesman invited me, among many others, to state my voting intentions. I did not think it important, so I held my fire. In Brixton, where I live, an area largely home to working-class Caribbeans, not voting is taken for granted.

The New Statesman Profile - Charles Clarke
By Francis Beckett - 18 June 13:00

He was once portrayed as dictatorial, obsessed, almost demented. But Blair's new appointment could p

Cannabis should be made compulsory for men like John Prescott
By Lauren Booth - 11 June 13:00

''Like me, like me," plead the eyes of the wannabe MPs on the hustings platform, but we are an ungrateful, bitter electorate, trained by the tabloids to confuse venting our spleens for animated discussion.

In darkest Oxford, an Asian is tested to the limit
By Darcus Howe - 11 June 13:00

Later this month, Kofi Annan, the secretary general of the United Nations, is due to receive an honorary degree from the University of Oxford.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 11 June 13:00

Elation joined ecstasy on new Labour's banned list on election night. Staff at Millbank were so petrified of anyone outside seeing any signs of joy at the outcome, they put films of silver paper over the windows. And it was grim faces all round for staff on check-in duty for the press pen.

The back page of the paper said: "When nothing makes sense, the maniac is king"
By Lauren Booth - 04 June 13:00

As we near polling day, in the family-oriented suburbs of north London, some nice mummies and daddies display ever more radical tendencies. Take last weekend. At the Crouch End Festival, the massed ranks of the moderately wealthy were eating ice cream and pushing prams in the sunshine.

Does the US really believe that the future of the planet is threatened if it allows Thermos flasks into Iraq?
By Mark Thomas - 04 June 13:00

There are certain words and phrases that gloriously defy reality. "Tory moderate" or "British tennis champion", for example, are expressions that should only ever be used in jest. It is almost guaranteed that I will start to giggle when I hear "Channel 5" and "news" said in the same breath.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 04 June 13:00

The William Hague bus is an altogether more subdued experience than life with new Labour.

These are real race riots, the first since the 1950s
By Darcus Howe - 04 June 13:00

As-salaam aleikum, readers. This Muslim greeting should make it clear that we are returning to Oldham and the issues at large there.

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 - Matthew Taylor
By Gary Gibbon - 28 May 13:00

<em>Election 2001</em> - He is prone to impotent rage but, when he has an idea, it becomes new Labou

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.

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".

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.

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.

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.

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