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.

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.

I was there, 20 years ago, when Brixton exploded
By Darcus Howe - 16 April 13:00

On the afternoon of 10 April 1981, 20 years ago, the Brixton riots began. "Riots" is not really the right word: this was an insurrection against the British police.

The salacious demolition job on Martha Gellhorn cannot obscure a remarkable human being
By John Pilger - 16 April 13:00

The other day, the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism was awarded in honour of the great American reporter who lived in this country until she died three years ago. Gellhorn adhered to no consensus of the kind that shapes and distorts so much journalism.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 16 April 13:00

Alastair Campbell has apologised to Nick Robinson, the BBC political journalist and presenter of News 24's Straight Talk. Well, almost.

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.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 09 April 13:00

First thing MPs did, on hearing of the election delay, was give themselves an extra-long Easter holiday stretching over ten days, which most of them will turn into a long fortnight.

Blair was once a true Christian; now, alas, he has strayed
By Cristina Odone - 09 April 13:00

In and out of the homes of the liberal intelligentsia, you can hear the worried whispers: "He's got God." They are making out that Tony Blair has suddenly transformed himself into a holy-roller, at the helm of legions of white-hooded, barefooted flagellants.

The Met is bleeding blacks from within
By Darcus Howe - 09 April 13:00

We are poised for the gunfight at Kensington Creek. Crawling west along Kensington High Street, in west London, is one Wyatt Earp (Superintendent Ali Dizaei, the Iranian cowboy).

The New Statesman Profile - Trevor Kavanagh
By Michael Leapman - 09 April 13:00

He announced the date of the election. So is the <em>Sun</em>'s political editor now the most powerf

If the French had asked for military bases in Britain, we'd be torching Citroens and picketing patisseries
By Mark Thomas - 09 April 13:00

The one constant in British foreign policy has been to support America in its more outrageous acts. From killing Gaddafi's adopted daughter to the air raids on a pharmaceutical factory in Sudan, Britain has supported the US.

Ah, Europe: what a lovely place. If only I could live there
By Lauren Booth - 09 April 13:00

Britain appears to be suffering from an inferiority complex. Articles on "Why Britain is the poor man of Europe" and "Why the French are superior to us in every way" have suddenly replaced pieces on "How those funny foreigners eat on the pavement and drink wine, not lager".

The west's aggression in the Balkans is clear, but the bombardiers in Britain's liberal press stay silent
By John Pilger - 02 April 13:00

At the recent British press awards, there was no prize for news management. This was a pity, as this branch of journalism has pulled off some great scoops lately, keeping important stories out of the news or shifting their emphasis away from the truth. Take the custard-pieing of Clare Short.

It has taken me hours, but I've set up the Alastair Campbell Adoration Website
By Lauren Booth - 02 April 13:00

Last week, at a hacks' drink-up in an Italian restaurant, a well-connected and married political editor went all dewy-eyed the minute Alastair Campbell's name was mentioned. His bigness, his brute strength, the "twinkle in his eye" made her giggle and blush.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 02 April 13:00

Evidence that plans for a 3 May poll are still in place came in the MPs' weekly whip's notice from Tommy McAvoy's den of brutality. It put backbenchers on alert for a three-line rolling whip from 3.30pm on Monday 2 April until Thursday, presumably to clear the legislative decks.

A close-knit Italian community is not as nice as you think
By Cristina Odone - 02 April 13:00

The Odones come from Piedmont, the prosperous industrial area in northern Italy. Although my father worked in Rome, the family spent every holiday in Gamalero, the tiny village where our family house still stands. My brother and I spent all our summers with our great-aunts there.

I meet an ex-NF man, converted by me from evil ways
By Darcus Howe - 02 April 13:00

The past few days have been rather hectic, and different from my usual, run-of-the-mill existence. I had to put my mind to David Dimbleby's Question Time on BBC Television.

The New Statesman Profile - New Zealand, a woman's land
By Jackie Ashley - 02 April 13:00

Men turned it into an extreme free market society; now, women are trying to clear up the mess. New Z

Leave the Caribbean and play better cricket
By Darcus Howe - 26 March 13:00

I have been trapped on my settee apart from the odd sortie into the light of day. Curtains drawn, essentials at the ready. I have been concentrating on Test cricket wherever possible.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 26 March 13:00

These things have to be taken at face value, or not at all, but if my snout is to be believed, Cherie QC is pondering aloud why Tony doesn't go out and get himself a proper job that pays real money.

Lady C wore curlers to the Savoy. On the council estate, she'd have been sectioned
By Lauren Booth - 26 March 13:00

If the class war is over, as No 10 so keenly asserts (the bigger the middle class, the larger the landslide), then when was the last shot fired?

Ye olde Brits, don't give up on the Mickey Mouse image
By Cristina Odone - 26 March 13:00

What do you think Britain is, in the global scheme of things? The world's oldest parliamentary democracy, an industrial giant, a successful economy . . .? No. It's Merry Olde England, it's the Changing of the Guard, Cotswold cottages and Wordsworth's lakes.

Britain and America's pilots are blowing the cover on our so-called "humanitarian" no-fly zone
By John Pilger - 19 March 12:00

Royal Air Force pilots have protested for the first time about their role in the bombing of Iraq.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 19 March 12:00

Robert Harris was once a fan of Tony Blair. He even offered to use his millions made from smash-hit novels to buy the New Statesman from its current proprietor, the saintly Geoffrey Robinson, and turn it into the house magazine of the Blairistas.

I was rounded on as the mother who'd said no to the DPT, BCG and the Hib
By Lauren Booth - 19 March 12:00

Making sense of the misinformation surrounding immunisation seems to require a PhD in chemistry and weeks of research time. Having neither, my search for a reasoned and helpful debate started with my health visitor.

Journalists: who the hell do they think they are?
By Cristina Odone - 19 March 12:00

Thank God for Benji Fry. Soon, if he has his way, he will buy and destroy the Groucho Club as we know it.

The tale of a girl who got into dangerous company
By Darcus Howe - 19 March 12:00

A very close relative met her judgement day over the weekend. A clubber in the dives of south London, she had made the move from a naive middle-class childhood, substantially educated, to the margins of grave criminality. She became a Yardie's moll without even knowing it.

To Latins, adultery is just a way of staying married
By Cristina Odone - 12 March 12:00

On the sun-kissed beach, a blonde in a bikini walks hand in hand with her companion. Every now and then, the couple kiss and he fondles her. Both betray a hint of middle-aged spread, and she, with her leather tan and dyed hair, a touch of vulgarity.

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