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.

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.

The Asian shopkeeper held up a shirt with rust marks. "Bloody Indians, see?"
By Lauren Booth - 26 February 12:00

A walk down Kilburn High Road this week reminded me of the real world out there, where not everyone pretends to watch Question Time as opposed to The Weakest Link, and where people spend more on their heating bills than on wine.

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.

I have finally won a coveted award: Smoker Friendly Journalist of the Year
By Lauren Booth - 19 February 12:00

What is it with all these awards ceremonies? Funniest Politician this, Worst-Dressed Pop Star that: there are now so many fatuous types of award, celebrating so many ridiculous "achievements", that even I have received one.

How I met menacing Christians north of the border
By Darcus Howe - 19 February 12:00

There was a little boy and a little boy was he.
He ran away to Scotland the people there to see.

The New Statesman Profile - David Davis
By Jackie Ashley - 19 February 12:00

He is a businessman with the common touch, a bully, a friend of Alastair Campbell and . . . the next

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 19 February 12:00

All that truckling to Buckingham Palace by new Labour, all that pretence of caring about Princess Diana, now proves to have been futile. The royals prefer the real thing.

The man from Hello! looked slightly panicky when he saw my attic flat
By Lauren Booth - 12 February 12:00

Having turned down David Frost's offer to be featured on Through the Keyhole because an ad break lasts longer than it takes to look round my current flat, I am moving again. This has proved a difficult task, made more unpleasant by estate agents. Take one local agency.

Club Med: egalite, fraternite et sexualite
By Cristina Odone - 12 February 12:00

Sun, sea and sex is not a bad formula to base your holiday on. Or a business empire. The late Gilbert Trigano made his fortune from the three S's with his Club Med holiday resorts.

When Vaz invited me to meet Mandelson, I declined
By Darcus Howe - 12 February 12:00

The speculation among the heavy political pundits is that, by the time this issue of the NS reaches you, Keith Vaz will have disappeared into the cold, dark night.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 12 February 12:00

Make of this what you will. A veteran Labour backbencher sallied forth to No 10 (don't lie, Downing Street children, I have the invitation card) for a glass or two - and was discreetly offered a peerage in return for his safe seat in the north of England.

Now Mandy has gone, will the workers get their party back?
By Cristina Odone - 05 February 12:00

In the smoke-filled working men's clubs, they are using tabloid photos of Mandy in target practice for their dart-throwing. The regulars trade jokes about Reinaldo, shirt-lifters and men in tights.

I find guns, dark cages and terror on the road to Davos
By Darcus Howe - 05 February 12:00

Davos is cold. Unrelentingly so. This tiny and mildly opulent ski resort, tucked in the waistband of the Alps and close to the Austrian border, has a population numbering about 6,000. In the winter, visitors far outnumber the locals.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 05 February 12:00

And what, Labour backbenchers are asking with a quiet terror, if the re-disgraced Peter Mandelson makes a resignation speech, on the lines of Geoffrey Howe's coup de grace to Margaret Thatcher a decade ago?

Eddie Izzard told me Mandy, dressed in bondage, was in a dungeon at No 10
By Lauren Booth - 05 February 12:00

What do the glamorous, celebrity-loving Peter Mandelson and that butch bully Alastair Campbell have in common, apart from closeness to Tony Blair? Well, both enjoy playing their public personas to the hilt.

"Sort it," the man said to my boyfriend, jabbing his finger at me. I was not sorted
By Lauren Booth - 29 January 12:00

From Soho to Bow and beyond, there are angry men in bars and pubs bemoaning the death of the woman who "knows how to take a joke". This fantasy female can be fondled for the price of a drink, never takes offence and still leaves a bloke with change from a fiver.

A gong for Elton?
By Stephen Smith - 29 January 12:00

Profile - Stephen Smith wonders why an old lefty is now singing for the Republicans

When values are rejected, a man seems no better than a dog
By Cristina Odone - 29 January 12:00

Back from a fortnight in Washington DC, and I am eager for respite from the fanaticism that runs deep in the American soul.

Despite the threat of a cutarse, I was ready to rumble
By Darcus Howe - 29 January 12:00

I continue to be the bete noire of the Trinidadians in the Caribbean and here in the UK. My younger brother visited me for Christmas and regaled the family with stories about the responses to my recent Channel 4 documentary Trouble in Paradise.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 29 January 12:00

Small wonder that Peter Mandelson looked, according to one account, "distracted" when he gave Labour's National Executive Committee an upbeat assessment of the general election campaign last Tuesday.

The pub landlord promised he would "push my face in" unless I left
By Lauren Booth - 22 January 12:00

In these parts, there are plenty of opportunities to annoy the Homeless Tsar by giving small change to the poor and/or feckless.

Why Sven should not dream of glory
By Robert Winder - 22 January 12:00

We all know that history repeats itself the second time as farce - but what does it do the fifth time? The new England manager, who is the first foreigner to coach the national team, has arrived at last, and the ingredients of a familiar drama are already falling nicely into place.

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