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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

The New Statesman Profile - the white man in Africa
By Richard Gott - 08 May 13:00

The French and the Portuguese got out; but the British stay, trying to forget the murderous acts of

Away in the Caribbean, I can forget Hague and Blunkett
By Darcus Howe - 08 May 13:00

I am off to the Caribbean, there to make the sequel to the White Tribe, my three-part documentary series on the English, which was broadcast on Channel 4 earlier this year. At the end of it, I declared myself an Englander of Caribbean origin.

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.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 08 May 13:00

Normally, I would hesitate to make assumptions about an election that takes place the day after the NS goes to press. But I think I can safely predict that, after the votes are counted, Frank Dobson will be in need of a job.

What does a poster of a boy with a small penis advertise? That you can choose your gas supplier, of course
By Sean French - 08 May 13:00

The other day, I was at a party after the screening of a film when I was introduced to one of the people involved in it. The conversation went something like this: "This is X, he was the penis?" "What?" "You know. The penis. On the slab." Then I remembered.

Don't allow the clitterati to make you feel inadequate
By Cristina Odone - 08 May 13:00

The news that Maeve Binchy, Britain's most popular female novelist, is to hang up her pen, has plunged me into despair. Binchy was no Tolstoy, but she served a key social role. She fought the conspiracy to make us, the female readers, feel hopelessly inadequate.

Gordon Brown: part nerd, part martyr - in fact, a maven
By Cristina Odone - 01 May 13:00

"How little things can make a big difference." This is the subtitle to the clever new bestseller across the Atlantic, The Tipping Point.

The new migrants, like the old, are up for abuse
By Darcus Howe - 01 May 13:00

I attended the funeral of a very dear friend a few days ago. He had just turned 62, and had spent all his working life at British Rail and the Ford Motor Company.

The New Statesman Profile - The British bobby
By Robert Chesshyre - 01 May 13:00

Authoritative and avuncular, he was a symbol of a society at ease with itself - and the public can't

My attempt at S&M was redolent of a botched postmortem - or a bout of bedroom fly-fishing
By Laurie Taylor - 01 May 13:00

"We've recently tried a spot of S&M," said Mark with a sweep of the hand, which suggested that he'd been testing a new carpet cleaner rather than pushing back the barriers of erotic love. "Did it work?" wondered Claire. "It certainly freshened things up," Mark told us.

Robin Cook's lies are worthy of David Irving, while the government perpetrates crimes against humanity
By John Pilger - 01 May 13:00

The Foreign Office continues to send out its standard dissembling letter on Iraq. Dozens of copies have been forwarded to me by members of the public bemused or angered by the contempt in which they are clearly held by the civil servants responsible.

For us English, Christ does not offer gaping gory wounds; He goes around knocking on doors effetely with a lantern
By Sean French - 01 May 13:00

Did you see the recent advertising campaign for IKEA which was based on the slogan, "Don't be so English"? What must have been especially galling for many people was that this slightly dismissive exhortation was coming not from Americans or Italians but from a Swedish company.

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