I spent four hours changing the numbers on an £8 padlock. Am I as mad as the man who counted hospital windows?
By Sean French - 19 June 13:00

There was once a psychiatric patient at the Royal Free Hospital in north London who suffered from an obsessive disorder. This manifested itself as a compulsion to count the windows in the Royal Free Hospital.

Malaysia's "economic miracle" conceals many abuses - such as the farcical trial of a British journalist
By John Pilger - 12 June 13:00

Last year, Anwar Ibrahim, the former deputy prime minister of Malaysia, was given a six-year prison sentence for corruption. He was also charged with sodomy, punishable by up to 20 years' imprisonment.

Rock concerts are sordid and risky enough indoors, without paying £76 to roll around in a muddy field
By Sean French - 12 June 13:00

From all the TV previews and special supplements in the newspapers, I see that it's going to be a Big Summer of Sport. And of Pop Festivals. How nice. I'll deal with the pop festivals first.

Say what you like about elitism, the Brits still love a hierarchy
By Cristina Odone - 12 June 13:00

Elitism, various government ministers have been telling us, is the albatross around our collective neck. It is preventing bright young people at state schools from fulfilling their potential, and bright young working-class kids from starting their own businesses.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 12 June 13:00

Nobody is safe. Millbank's vultures are circling over the oldies in vote-fat seats ahead of the election, picking off the vulnerable with the promise of a peerage. The latest target, I hear, is Giles Radice, the plummy-voiced Wykehamist MP for Durham North. He may not be so easy to shift.

The New Statesman Profile - The Sainsbury family
By Martin Vander Weyer - 12 June 13:00

From tradesmen to trustafarians in four generations: a nose for business has turned into anxiety for

It's galling to see your carefully constructed arguments rebuffed by a mere anecdote
By Laurie Taylor - 12 June 13:00

You know the scene. You're sitting with a few friends at midnight, after having drunk six times the amount of alcohol recommended by the Health Education Authority as a safe weekly intake, when an argument breaks out.

The secret of getting away from boring party guests: go with your shoelaces undone
By Laurie Taylor - 05 June 13:00

I'm going to have to do something pretty drastic about my circulating. It's not long since I suffered from the problem of being unable to detach myself from other party guests.

Now it's only the vicars who talk of ideals in capital letters: Justice, Equality and Brotherhood
By Cristina Odone - 05 June 13:00

Many many years ago, I used to swim regularly in the public baths on a council estate in Islington. One lunchtime, I noticed a well-built man in baggy swimming trunks diving into the pool and freestyling his way down the lane.

My £10 bet that Bernie Grant's white wife would lose
By Darcus Howe - 05 June 13:00

While away in the Caribbean, I turned my back on all communication with home. So I am unable to give you my opinions on the London mayoral elections and what they signified for blacks and Asians.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 05 June 13:00

An interesting little cover-up has emerged in the wake of Ken Livingstone's defection to the After-Dinner Speaking Party. In the contest for Labour nominee for the London Mayor, candidates were allowed to spend a maximum of £1 per member.

The New Statesman Profile - McDonald's
By John Lloyd - 29 May 13:00

It has become the triumphant symbol of American imperialism; but, in the new century, it surely face

Yes, I too have taken brown envelopes. But the New Statesman has put an end to that
By Laurie Taylor - 29 May 13:00

It may subvert the cuddly left-liberal political credibility that I've been subtly cultivating in this column for the past few years, but a conjunction of events makes me realise that now is the moment when I must stand up and admit to having regularly accepted a number of well-stuffed brown env

Our soldiers aren't in Sierra Leone for the sake of morals or democracy. They are there for the control of diamonds
By John Pilger - 29 May 13:00

Behind its propaganda, British foreign policy is undergoing significant changes. The armed intervention in Sierra Leone is a case in point.

Authors who sell millions of copies feel resentment toward writers who don't sell and don't even care
By Sean French - 29 May 13:00

It's an unwritten rule - maybe even a written rule - that columnists shouldn't write about other columnists, let alone columnists in the same paper. But there were a couple of examples in last week's NS that I couldn't resist.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 29 May 13:00

There will be a Cabinet reshuffle in July, senior ministers believe. But it will not affect the big names, only figures "on the fringe".

Leo can put the heart into Tony Blair's lost hinterland
By Cristina Odone - 29 May 13:00

Welcome, Leo. You've given everyone something to smile about.

Some corners of the Caribbean that are forever France
By Darcus Howe - 29 May 13:00

General de Gaulle, in a moment of irritation (and there were many of those in his mighty career), dismissed demands for independence from Martinique and Guadaloupe by referring to the islands as "pieces of dirt" in the Caribbean sea.

Why a greyer Oxford will be good for effete, gilded youth
By Cristina Odone - 22 May 13:00

Hark! Listen to the sound of hammer and chisel: there is someone chipping away at an ivory tower. It's music to liberal ears - and the prelude to a transformation of Oxford as we know it.

Trinidad is just falling apart, and I vow never to return
By Darcus Howe - 22 May 13:00

I arrived in Trinidad full of expectation. It is the land of my birth, but it is not my home. I haven't actually lived there for about 40 years. I have travelled to and fro, spent extended periods there, and have maintained family relations and friendships.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 22 May 13:00

Few sights are more pathetic, in the true sense of the word, than Tony Blair frantically riffling back and forth through his waffle book at Prime Minister's Questions. Head down, balding crown to camera, he searches for an answer, any answer, to put William Hague over a barrel.

Was it 1969 when I dropped my first tab of acid? Or was it 1970? The answer is crucial
By Laurie Taylor - 22 May 13:00

It's a simple enough voicemail, but it takes me the best part of three days to ring back.

My fastest downloading of music was in a shop: just five seconds to transfer the Wagner cycle to my plastic bag
By Sean French - 22 May 13:00

Have you heard of MP3? Do you have an MP3 program? Do you have an MP3 player? Have you already stopped reading this column and turned the page?

Now that the career is dead, you are either a wife or a mistress
By Cristina Odone - 15 May 13:00

The mistress is taking on the wife in an office near you. Before you rush to buy ringside tickets, I should make it clear that this is not about a cat fight that risks overturning the chairs in the boardroom, or an expletive-packed shouting match among the filing cabinets.

Antigua: I am treated like a dog and given cold food
By Darcus Howe - 15 May 13:00

It is more than 25 years since I first came to Antigua. Political activism brought me here in the first place. The Caribbean then was a hive of freedom fighters. It seemed that anyone who was able to string two words together - black and power - qualified for the title "black activist".

Turkey, which has killed 30,000 Kurds, has now invaded northern Iraq. That's just "slow news" in Britain
By John Pilger - 15 May 13:00

This month, two extraordinary men came to London and spoke about a silent holocaust, and not a word of what they said was reported.

OK, so I drink, smoke and rarely exercise, but that doesn't mean my body is about to seize up
By Laurie Taylor - 15 May 13:00

As I'm passing his desk on the sixth floor of Broadcasting House, Mike Garland turns and wiggles a finger at me. Only when I'm crouched by his side does he whisper his bit of news: "Roger's gone into hospital."

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 15 May 13:00

Of course, it isn't true that Downing Street is a nest of control freaks. They don't tell ministers to whom they can speak and what they can say. So they keep telling us.

Dante's dream was of heaven, hell and purgatory. I dreamed of a forgotten children's TV presenter
By Sean French - 15 May 13:00

When non-fiction books die - that is, when they are proved wrong, superseded, rendered irrelevant - the overwhelming majority just disappear into the oblivion of second-hand books and one copy in the British Library. But a few get a strange new life.

In future, I won't tell friends I feel awful; I'll say I'm suffering a sadness too deep for words
By Laurie Taylor - 08 May 13:00

I'm increasingly concerned about my callous attitude towards other people's avowed depression.

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