For advice on policing consult me: I'm on bail (as usual)
By Darcus Howe - 22 November 12:00

I was absolutely flabbergasted by an article written by Denis O'Connor, assistant commissioner of Metropolitan Police, in the London Evening Standard. O'Connor is a fine man, a clear thinker and an asset to modern policing. There is none better.

The New Statesman Profile - The new football fan
By Theodore Dalrymple - 22 November 12:00

The people's game has become the acid test of political virtue, the passport to a cabinet post, the

How can I beat insomnia if my Anna Friel and Madonna fantasies don't work?
By Laurie Taylor - 22 November 12:00

Just when I thought that my recent visits to the osteopath had got my body back into working order for the long winter, I find myself sitting on a stool in the kitchen at 3am wondering whether I'll ever again be able to manage a proper night's sleep.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 22 November 12:00

Gerry Sutcliffe, the Labour whip and captain of the Commons football team, was mysteriously paged during the mayoralty fix by Jim Fitzpatrick MP, chairman of the London Labour Party. "Can't play today," the message ran.

The judge in Gary Glitter's case gave a sensible summing-up: what world are his critics living in?
By Sean French - 22 November 12:00

After Lord Byron's death, his old lawyer wrote to a mutual friend telling him a "singular fact" about Byron's life which was "scarcely fit for narration".

There is as yet no evidence that genocide took place in Kosovo. But that fact is nigh impossible to find in the press
By John Pilger - 15 November 12:00

Kosovo is today's slow news. Slow news is news that is ignored or minimised. It is a highly effective, though generally unrecognised, form of censorship in democracies.

If you feel very angry about your computer, Margaret Hodge or the Aussies' vote for the Queen, try a chainsaw
By Sean French - 15 November 12:00

I've been feeling intense rages recently, the kind that make you feel as if internal organs are haemorrhaging and the only way that you can stop them is by punching a wall. Of course, I don't actually punch a wall. That would hurt. But you know the feeling.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 15 November 12:00

The smell rising from the London mayoralty mess gets ranker by the day.

Prepare for the Italian century: tears, style, and bribery
By Cristina Odone - 15 November 12:00

The Guardian has proclaimed ours the American century. "Like it or not, we are all Yankees now," it trumpeted the other day, going on to explain how US technology, popular culture and military might have colonised the globe.

The night I reduced Bernie Grant to tears
By Darcus Howe - 15 November 12:00

Channel Four launched its winter season last Wednesday and highlighted a documentary series, White Tribe, which I wrote and presented, to be broadcast in early January.

The New Statesman Profile - Francis Maude
By George Lucas - 15 November 12:00

Once hailed as a Tory prodigy, the shadow chancellor is now the invisible man of politics. Francis M

My father's favourite song was "Galway Bay". I shouldn't have told the taxi driver.
By Laurie Taylor - 15 November 12:00

As we passed yet another anonymous hotel flying the familiar ten top tourist flags, my driver asked if I'd even been to Galway before.

What was the secret dread of this bright black girl?
By Darcus Howe - 08 November 12:00

She was just 34 years old, lithe and handsome. I had met her some years ago in Manchester, at Granada studios, feeling her way to a career in television. She wasn't born to it. I guess no one is. She would have had to work harder than most in order to be successful.

I don't know anyone who has had a divorce because some poor gay sod has won legal recognition
By Suzanne Moore - 08 November 12:00

In EastEnders recently, Mel asked Dr Fonseca a direct question. "Are you gay?" "Yes," he said. "Good," she replied, and, er . . . that was it. It did not bother her. The good doctor has now only to tell the rest of Albert Square and hope for as nonchalant a response.

A man with a Howard Jacobson novel to read has better things to do than listen to me
By Laurie Taylor - 08 November 12:00

I sat on the edge of Mike's bed in the Whittington Hospital on Monday and tried to think of what to say.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 08 November 12:00

On the face of things, the drive against the forces of conservatism goes on relentlessly. Doctors, teachers and every other public-service employee can expect no mercy. But, inside No 10, there are theological-style doubts.

If Livingstone thinks that Heathrow is too boring a name, try Gameboy, Supermario or Gosexy
By Sean French - 08 November 12:00

I recently got into a conversation with members of my family about names. Somebody asked what names we would choose for ourselves. Amazingly it turned out that everybody had one, secretly tucked away.

Charles has become new Labour's only loyal opposition
By Cristina Odone - 08 November 12:00

"Fasten your seat belts, folks. This is going to be a bumpy ride." Of late, those pilot's words have been crackling non-stop over the tannoy in the new Labour jet.

The New Statesman Profile - Melanie Phillips
By Geraldine Bedell - 01 November 12:00

She calls herself progressive yet adopts a judgemental tone that has the left fuming. Melanie Philli

"I used to run this town," said Ken as I drove him home. He gave me directions and we got hopelessly lost
By Sean French - 01 November 12:00

I remember when the first countryside march arrived in central London, I thought it was a joke.

Blacks for Ken, gays for Ken, lesbians for Ken . . .
By Darcus Howe - 01 November 12:00

With the passing of each day, it becomes clearer that mayoralty business is not over until Red Ken sings.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 01 November 12:00

The Sun may be setting on new Labour. The paper's editor, David Yelland, told journalism students at City University that he could see circumstances in which Murdoch's flagship paper would desert Tony Blair in the run-up to the general election.

As I leapt to smash the imaginary tennis ball, I heard Joan Littlewood shout: "You missed it!"
By Laurie Taylor - 01 November 12:00

We were in the Hope when Geoff pointed to a man with a jug of Hoegaarden. "Isn't that thingy from The Cops? Should say 'Hello'."

Men of the future, we're told, will be "sad, lonely, isolated cases". For once, I'm in advance of the trend
By Sean French - 25 October 13:00

There's been some research into men and depression, which I'll get on to in a moment. However, one of the many causes of my own depression is that I read about all this crappy research, and watch TV documentaries about it, and I believe it all.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 25 October 13:00

Betty Boothroyd has yet to make an announcement about her future, but the horse-trading is already going on at Westminster. It was thought that when she turned 70 earlier this month, Madam Speaker would signal her readiness to step down.

Beware! The Police Federation is seeking revenge
By Darcus Howe - 25 October 13:00

Winston Silcott will receive £50,000 from the Metropolitan Police because he was wrongfully arrested and maliciously prosecuted. The case did not go to court. The police, acting on the best legal advice, decided they could not win and paid up.

The New Statesman Profile - J M Coetzee
By Jason Cowley - 25 October 13:00

The ideal chronicler of the new South Africa, he deserves to make literary history as a double Booke

In future, I shall say: "Why don't we stay in and take each other entirely for granted?"
By Laurie Taylor - 25 October 13:00

Although I find it difficult to listen to In The Psychiatrist's Chair because of the constant sense that I could produce a rather more interesting portfolio of obsessions and phobias than most of the celebrity guests, I was sufficiently attentive during a recent interview with Professor

Men are the new children, doomed to chill-cook dinners and talk about sport instead of emotions
By Suzanne Moore - 25 October 13:00

Real women - what a pain they are. Much better to make them up, I say. Yet we are forever being told what real women and their real lives are really like.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 18 October 13:00

In the old days of Fleet Street, when there was a plane crash or some other calamity, you went straight to work. So I wasn't surprised to be ordered into the office on day one of my holiday when Mandy's rehabilitation was announced. lt's dirty work, but somebody has to do it.

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