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."

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.

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

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.

I didn't care about foxes being hunted until I learned that they crawl into drainage pipes to escape the dogs
By Sean French - 24 April 13:00

The other day, a hunt rode past our garden. Such a sight - the flash of a scarlet coat, the thumping of hooves, the barking of the pack, the blast of the hunting horn, the cries of "View Haloo" - is supposed to provoke one of two responses.

We women, my Lady Jay, worry about more than our fat bums
By Cristina Odone - 24 April 13:00

In one of those seemingly off-the-cuff remarks he's so brilliant at, Tony Blair told someone on the tube that he was hoping for a baby girl - because he found girls easier.

Cricketers must have known of the cheats for years
By Darcus Howe - 24 April 13:00

Two huge moments in the history of the game of cricket. The first was charged with wonderful moments and democratic elegance: the choice, by a multinational panel, of five of the greatest cricketers to grace the game over the millennium. Perhaps there was surreptitious betting. Who cares?

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 24 April 13:00

A confidential document, inviting bids from public relations agencies to put the Tory case in the run-up to the general election, offers some fascinating sidelights. To begin with, it tells us who runs the show: the seven samurai.

The literary agent said I was spread too thinly and should concentrate on sex education
By Laurie Taylor - 24 April 13:00

An enormously enthusiastic man called Norman rings up out of the blue on Thursday morning to say that he'd rather like to be my agent. He tells me briefly that he is a new person "on the block" and has decided to specialise in "talent potential". Do I have an agent at the moment?

I am certainly not going to start saving for my funeral - I would rather have my corpse boiled down into glue
By Sean French - 17 April 13:00

I have to confess that I'm not someone who spends much time reading the personal finance pages of newspapers.

Farewell to the friend who once called me an idiot
By Darcus Howe - 17 April 13:00

Bernard Montgomery Grant shall not pass this way again. I am not in the business of obituaries, simply a summary of his rather short life. I knew Bernie only in passing, but I was aware of the tremendous impact he had on the black and Asian movement for change.

The New Statesman Profile - Peter Kilfoyle
By Steve Richards - 17 April 13:00

Once tipped as a future Chief Whip, he has become new Labour's "critical friend". But does he have a

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 17 April 13:00

Filming of Alastair: the movie has begun, and the impact on Westminster journalists is wonderful to behold. The cameras went into No 10 for the daily lobby briefing, which therefore lasted much longer than usual.

The point of low-powered committees is to make sure that no hard and fast rules are ever made
By Laurie Taylor - 17 April 13:00

Mike Nesbitt rings to ask if I'd like to join a new committee that will shortly begin a two-year investigation into the impact of online learning on higher education. My duties wouldn't take up more than two days a month, and there'd be a token honorarium of £60 for each meeting.

The Misses Bates of Hampstead showed a far-sighted approach to curing short-sightedness
By Laurie Taylor - 10 April 13:00

According to the young optometrist at the Oxford Street branch of Top Specs, something very significant has happened to my eyesight.

If Tony Blair really wants to wage a war against drugs, he should be seen with a spliff occasionally
By Sean French - 10 April 13:00

Alongside my fear of suddenly finding myself on stage in the middle of a play and not knowing my lines, I have another fear: of being rung up by somebody compiling one of those questionnaires about "my cultural life" or "what I wish I'd known when I was 17" which appear in newspapers and magazin

Fight for the future of Birmingham, or let the racists win
By Darcus Howe - 10 April 13:00

Birmingham seems to be hotting up, bubbling and backfiring. First, there was the vicious attack in that city on Chris Cotter, the white boyfriend of the black athlete Ashia Hansen. His enemies attempted to scalp him, Geronimo-style.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 10 April 13:00

Those who know more about these things than I do, a bafflingly large majority, say there is a deep-laid plot to ensure that Gordon Brown never becomes leader of the Labour Party and prime minister of his country.