The New Statesman Profile - Imran Khan
By Rachel Halliburton - 27 March 13:00

He is an icon for the black community, but does he take too many risks in advancing the cause of ant

The joy of modern life is that you're only a call or an e-mail away from missing your friends
By Laurie Taylor - 27 March 13:00

Geoff rings on his mobile at half-past eleven on Tuesday morning to tell me that he's in Oxford Street. This is not altogether sensational news, in that he lives just off Marylebone High Street and so has only to take a three-minute walk to accomplish such a feat.

Summerhill has filled the powers that be with fear of naked feral children who never attend lessons
By Suzanne Moore - 27 March 13:00

"The absence of fear is the finest thing that can happen to a child." So said A S Neill, the founder of Summerhill. Neill the great educator had not reckoned with new Labour, SATs and performance-related pay for teachers.

Do those who enjoy unprotected sex also allow restaurants to serve them contaminated food?
By Sean French - 27 March 13:00

Nigel Wrench, one of the most famous news presenters on Radio 4, became HIV-positive in 1993 as a result of having sex on Hampstead Heath with a man who didn't want to use a condom.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 20 March 12:00

Such fun to see Michael Portillo engaging nose with carpet at Treasury Questions. But the Tories have only themselves to blame. The Chancellor used to let his shadow know, through the usual channels, which questions he would answer, and which he would pass on to his underlings.

For once I was looking forward to watching the wedding video; but it wasn't at all reassuring
By Laurie Taylor - 20 March 12:00

"Why don't we put on the wedding video?" asked Ken. After years of reaching for my scarf and gloves at such moments, I was rather surprised to hear myself joining in the chorus of approval. Yes, indeed. Let's look at the wedding video.

When Blunkett said there would be no selection, he meant it as a joke, but not as a joke. Got that?
By Sean French - 20 March 12:00

Last week, a friend was complaining to me that some people had unrealistic expectations of new Labour and would not be satisfied whatever the government did. She meant me, but I don't think she was right. I have pitifully low expectations of everything.

Labour isn't the only party with a core voter problem
By Cristina Odone - 20 March 12:00

Once again, a few Labour grandees are raising the alarm about the core voters. John Prescott, Robin Cook and Peter Hain fear that Mr Blair's unrepentant middle-class ethos has alienated the grass-roots proletarian Labour support.

The cricket rows could lead to a Caribbean rising
By Darcus Howe - 20 March 12:00

The West Indian masses have taken to the streets, boycotts are taking shape and governments are worried that the current movement may well destabilise the region.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 13 March 12:00

Tetchy Tony Blair is not solely motivated by a natural parental concern in his legal action to prevent the Mail on Sunday (or any other newspaper) printing revelations by the family's former nanny, Ros Mark. He is also worried about his image, and that of the First Lady, Cherie.

My clear-out last week may have accidentally created a glut in the academic text market
By Laurie Taylor - 13 March 12:00

I may have started a trend. In normal weeks this column hardly attracts a bulging postbag.

Laurel and Hardy in Spanish and French? Just try translating "Laughing Gravy" to get a laugh
By Sean French - 13 March 12:00

In one of his lifemanship books, Stephen Potter recommends that if the person next to you on a plane asks what you're reading, if you have a newspaper you should reply: "Do you read your press cuttings?" Or, if you have a book: "Proust. In Spanish. Much funnier."

The maiden aunt is free: that's the real triumph of feminism
By Cristina Odone - 13 March 12:00

"Women have settled for a fake equality instead of true liberation." Discuss. More than 500 women across the UK did, as part of a survey undertaken by Germaine Greer's publishing house, Anchor.

Are Dobbo and Ken big enough for the city of Dickens?
By Darcus Howe - 13 March 12:00

I have in the past few days been pretty close to the mayoral argument. I chaired a meeting in east London only days after Frank Dobson was named the Labour Party candidate. He did not turn up and sent no apologies. Trevor Phillips, his running mate, replaced him.

The New Statesman Profile - Caprice
By Jason Cowley - 06 March 12:00

She has turned her brightly packaged self into a corporate image fit for a king - or at least a prin

Forget books on shelves as status accessories. Only the insecure need to look "academic"
By Laurie Taylor - 06 March 12:00

Yesterday morning, three men in brown coats from London University called round to my flat, stacked 620 books into eight large boxes, and took the lot away to Senate House library for "sorting and disposal".

Sanctions on Iraq kill 200 children every day; bombing raids have cost the taxpayer £60 million. This is news
By John Pilger - 06 March 12:00

Last August, the defence minister John Spellar described the no-fly zones over Iraq as "international zones, designed by the international community". This is false.

Do drugs affect creativity? By two in the afternoon, I've drunk so much coffee that I can scarcely hit the keyboard
By Sean French - 06 March 12:00

Do you remember the ridiculous level of coverage when the last Oasis album came out? Newspapers were reviewing it on the front page, acclaiming it as a work of genius.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 06 March 12:00

A forthcoming book about the relationship between Gordon Brown and Tony Blair will say, according to the Sunday Times, that the Chancellor shed "tears of anger and frustration" last year when Alastair Campbell described him as "psychologically flawed".

Mandelson turns the screw in new Labour's Medici court
By Cristina Odone - 06 March 12:00

The sound of Pavarotti being squeezed till his pips squeak bears little resemblance to the tenor's honey-toned arias.

Islands in the sun, where the treasuries are empty
By Darcus Howe - 06 March 12:00

I called the Foreign Office to ask whether Prince Charles's visit to the Caribbean was part of a new initiative by the British to rescue the region from the social and economic disaster in which several of the islands find themselves.

Since moving to the country, I've learnt that blackbirds are black and that robins have red breasts
By Sean French - 28 February 12:00

When I was younger, I would often arrive at the cinema after the film had begun. It didn't matter much, because when the film finished we would wait and watch the beginning of the film again until we reached a bit we recognised. You can't always do this nowadays.

I said the police were racist, and nearly went to jail
By Darcus Howe - 28 February 12:00

A young reporter from one of the broadsheets called. It was the first anniversary of Sir William Macpherson's report on the Stephen Lawrence case, and the reporter wanted to know if anything had changed over the past year.

I watched the tower block explode: a failed experiment in living went up in a cloud of smoke
By Suzanne Moore - 28 February 12:00

An explosion on a sunny Sunday morning is just what you need. There was to be a "controlled demolition" near where I live. A block of flats was to be blown up. I thought we might even go en famille - though this proved too much for my teenage daughter.

I'm being deprived of sleeping pills - yet another worry to keep me up all night
By Laurie Taylor - 28 February 12:00

My doctor has stopped the sleeping pills. When I called in to pick up a repeat prescription, I was ready for the usual cursory interview. "Still not sleeping too well?" "I'm afraid not." "Still kept awake by worries?" "That's right." "Any particular worries?" "Not really.

Why all good republicans should cheer the victory of OK!
By Cristina Odone - 21 February 12:00

The Archduke of Marzipan, the Count of Westphalianham and other obscure mittel-European royals must be choking on their caviar and gagging on their champagne. Some have probably even taken to wearing black arm-bands. The reason for their distress?

My friend BW, killed by the NHS internal market
By Darcus Howe - 21 February 12:00

The state of the National Health Service is largely discussed in terms of waiting lists, availability of beds, epidemics here and there, public-spending cuts and the like.

Jack Straw would make a fine interior minister in Singapore, the land of "happy-face fascism"
By John Pilger - 21 February 12:00

When the Austrian neo-fascist Jorg Haider pointed out that his political programme closely matched that of the Blair project, his comments were lost in the heady news that Prince Charles would cancel a visit to Austria.

A little suckling baby pig it might have been, but eating it felt so liberating
By Laurie Taylor - 21 February 12:00

Over the years I've had what can only be regarded as more than my fair share of trouble with suckling pigs. When I first landed in Madrid with Ruth in the early 1980s, I had no idea that they were likely to feature on the average menu, let alone come to dominate our entire interpersonal agenda.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 21 February 12:00

Much bleating at Westminster over the funding of political parties, which new Labour says it is determined to bring under public scrutiny and control. And fine words they are.

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