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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The New Statesman Profile - Robert Putnam
By Tristram Hunt - 12 March 12:00

His firm belief that bowling leagues can save democracy has taken America by storm. Now, No 10 is al

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 12 March 12:00

Just why did Tony Blair sack Mandy? The question is still being asked because the Hammond report - not a whitewash, more a vinyl-silk job - does not explain what happened.

My nan saw herself as a foot soldier in the National Front's war on foreigners
By Lauren Booth - 12 March 12:00

Eminem, the white rap artist taking the world (and the NS Fantasy Politics game) by storm, is, according to a musician friend, just "another white mediocrity stealing from black culture".

It is simply wrong to try and stop divorce
By Darcus Howe - 12 March 12:00

Whatever sentimental attachments I have acquired in my 40 years in Britain are based in the West Country. Some 36 years ago, I was drawn in marriage to a young woman from that part of the world.

Salute Lady Victoria, the greatest class warrior of our time
By Cristina Odone - 05 March 12:00

Lady Godiva, history relates, was the beauteous young wife of the Earl of Mercia.

How the British police became brutes
By Darcus Howe - 05 March 12:00

We have just passed the second anniversary of the Macpherson report into police handling of the Stephen Lawrence murder. Much of the debate has been about its use of the term "institutional racism". I find that unfortunate.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 05 March 12:00

One group attracted by the political possibilities of the foot-and-mouth crisis is the Labour whips' office. The whips have imposed fierce control orders on the movements of back-bench cattle in the run-up to the election.

When Labour talks about "radically modernising" broadcasting, it means handing it over to big business
By John Pilger - 05 March 12:00

Last week, the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom held a conference in central London about a threat to broadcasting that few people know about. Most of the participants were academics. Dorothy Byrne, the current affairs editor of Channel 4, came.

Tony wasn't impressed by my fundraising: I couldn't match Bernie Ecclestone
By Lauren Booth - 05 March 12:00

I've been following with interest the Mark Thomas (comic genius or annoying lefty?) debate, started by Mick Hume in the New Statesman Diary.

It is work, not dole, that draws migrants to the UK
By Darcus Howe - 26 February 12:00

Not in my wildest and wackiest imaginings could I have conceived that, at the beginning of the 21st century, a boatload of wage slaves, packed shoulder to shoulder, covered in vomit and ankle-deep in shit, with women giving birth on board, would be discovered in the heart of Europe.

The New Statesman Profile - Lionel Jospin
By David Lawday - 26 February 12:00

The French prime minister, once dismissed as an old left dinosaur, waits to avenge himself on the Th

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 26 February 12:00

It looks like a plot, and it talks like a plot, so it must be a plot. "Friends" of Peter Mandelson have told their friends in the media that the redisgraced former Ulster secretary will "get" his tormentors.

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