How exciting that new Labour should choose, as its top poet, a man who went in for nude sunbathing
By Cristina Odone - 14 June 13:00

Plastic madonnas, glow-in-the-dark crucifixes, technicolour posters of the Pope - they're all part of the Lourdes experience, a kitschy, Catholic consumerism that draws millions of pilgrims to the shrine in the Pyrenees. Religion reduced to a collection of crass trinkets.

The savage Caribbean must try to sort itself out
By Darcus Howe - 14 June 13:00

I have been very unsociable of late. A decline caused by age? Possibly. Anyway I grasped the opportunity to attend a friend's wedding last Saturday. I had almost forgotten how to dance, but the party went swimmingly well.

The NS Profile - Conde Nast
By Michael Leapman - 14 June 13:00

Its magazines report the lifestyle of the dementedly rich but now, it thinks, new Labour is moving t

Despite the nightmares of tabloid honey-traps, politicians' marriages are just as stable as others'
By Cristina Odone - 07 June 13:00

The groans and moans are raising the Pugin roof at Westminster. You can hear sighs and whispers and even the odd cry. But this isn't another case of canoodling MP and researcher overheard consummating their passion; it isn't two Members going at it hammer and tongs in between sittings.

No one is more titillated by the tabloids than those who get all righteous describing, in juicy detail, what they write
By Suzanne Moore - 07 June 13:00

Recently I have been shocked and appalled by the behaviour of certain sections of the press. The sanctimonious posturing of the broadsheets over the antics of the tabloids really gets on my wick.

I rounded off my wedding day in style by running over the best man
By Laurie Taylor - 07 June 13:00

James and Fiona are going to have a simply splendid wedding. They've found this beautiful little chapel in mid-Wales that is really Presbyterian but is quite happy to go non-denominational for the day in return for a hefty contribution to the parish fund.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 07 June 13:00

Nothing can be allowed to embarrass Tony Blair. That's the most common explanation at Westminster of new Labour's decision to run the party's national executive elections three months early.

Being remembered can mean being distorted. But that's better than being forgotten
By Sean French - 07 June 13:00

You know the section of A Question of Sport, What Happened Next? Well, what happened next?

Kill them all, said the boss. So said, so done
By Darcus Howe - 07 June 13:00

Dole Chadee, Joey Ramiah and Ramkalawan Singh will hang on Friday 4 June.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 31 May 13:00

He may not have a people's poet but he has a people's general. Staff and officers at the Ministry of Defence are fuming that General Sir Charles Guthrie, chief of the defence staff, has fallen under the spell of Commander-in-Chief Tony Blair.

Hail to the new nakedness! A glimpse of bare flesh tells us that a person has nothing to hide
By Cristina Odone - 31 May 13:00

In the Macedonian refugee camps, the Kosovars are still reeling. They had never seen anything like it - a VIP dressed in an open-neck shirt.

The NS Profile - Will Hutton
By Diane Coyle - 31 May 13:00

The prophet of stakeholding now wants the BBC, but he is surely a thinker, not a doer

What really happened at Rambouillet? And what else is being kept under wraps by our selective media?
By John Pilger - 31 May 13:00

As Nato announces another "heaviest night yet" of bombing, with paralysed hospital patients among the latest victims, the truth of how and why the war began remains elusive. Nato disinformation has been largely successful. The complete list of targets hit has yet to be published in Britain.

I turned Chris Evans down so she wouldn't know I watched TV for seven year olds
By Laurie Taylor - 31 May 13:00

"I'm sorry to ring so late," said a woman's voice at the other end of the phone, "but I've applied for this job with a think-tank, and they've asked for a top academic reference, and you're the only person I could think of who knew my work well, and so I wondered if you could write and say that

It's time to stop the supply of golden elephants
By Darcus Howe - 31 May 13:00

The previous editor of the New Statesman, Ian Hargreaves, for a brief period called me "Mr Montserrat".

Forty years old. But 40 is still young to be a great New Statesman columnist . . . isn't it?
By Sean French - 31 May 13:00

I've made a cheering discovery at a moment in my life when I could do with one.

It isn't drugs that screw you up - it's hereditary privilege that leads to futile, wasted lives
By Suzanne Moore - 24 May 13:00

So there I was at Cannes and there he was and I could tell just by looking at him that he had done something very bad indeed. Yes, I was in the same room as Tom Parker Bowles the night before the tabloids revealed the shocking truth.

Contact me if you want to link up with a hairy bass player who loves Yorkshire pudding
By Laurie Taylor - 24 May 13:00

It's four weeks since I stopped checking my e-mails and I'm feeling better already. I'm even thinking of taking out a small advertisement in the Independent so my real friends will know that there is now no point sending me electronic mail because I won't be reading it.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 24 May 13:00

Tony Blair was so worried that Nick Jones's revelatory Sultans of Spin might upset him that he dispatched a minion to Politico's bookshop to buy a copy as soon as stocks arrived.

There is no political situation that cannot be made worse by an international sporting event
By Sean French - 24 May 13:00

I went to see England against Sri Lanka, the first match in the cricket World Cup. This isn't going to be an authoritative account of the match because I make a strict rule of not going to a cricket match more than once in a decade.

In Dover, I hear once more the old racist stories
By Darcus Howe - 24 May 13:00

It is more than a decade since I was last in Dover. The miners and P&O ferry workers had been on strike in quick succession. Dover had a radical edge, enriched by a wave of migrants over time.

The New Statesman Profile - Harrods
By Ian Aitken - 24 May 13:00

Once the preserve of the toff, Fayed's emporium is now a Mecca for vulgarians

Counsellors have taught us to avoid sadness at all costs. But sometimes it's right to feel unhappy
By Cristina Odone - 17 May 13:00

In the left-hand corner, the pain-relief junkie, addicted to psychiatrists, painkillers and Prozac; in the right, the stoic with his stiff upper lip. Which camp do you belong to? If you're under 50 and raised in this country, probably the former.

The NS Profile - The British-American project
By Duncan Parrish - 17 May 13:00

Right-wing conspiracy or right-on broker of the special relationship?

Revealed: the amazing Nato plan, tabled at Rambouillet, to occupy Yugoslavia
By John Pilger - 17 May 13:00

The justification for Nato's attack on Serbia, now the outright terror bombing of civilians, was the Serbs' rejection of the "peace accords" drafted at Rambouillet in France in February.

My inability to solve dinner-party riddles is, it turns out, a sign of a predilection for fascism
By Laurie Taylor - 17 May 13:00

Could I ask a small favour? Even if you only intended to check out the general subject of this column before getting back to something more important, like shredding cabbage, would you be so good as to keep your eyes on the words in front of you and not let them wander aimlessly down the page?

Great men: Mao, Lenin, Malcolm X - but not Mandela
By Darcus Howe - 17 May 13:00

Nelson Mandela is finally saying goodbye to the world of politics. In a ticker-tape parade through Johannesburg, he accepted the plaudits of his people and refused any future role in public life.

Ever wondered why you never see billiards on TV? It's all Brian Walden's fault
By Sean French - 17 May 13:00

I won't be taking up BSkyB's offer of a "free digital dish and decoder box". If ever I get short of something to watch on TV, there's always the TV version of Peter Hall's production of The Oresteia which I taped in 1983 - unless the tape has decayed or been eaten by rats.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 17 May 13:00

Why were Margaret McDonagh, the Labour Party general secretary, Ken Jackson, general secretary of the engineering union AUEW, and the party's chief fixer, Frazer Kemp MP, discreetly at table together in the members' dining room at Westminster four days after the elections in Scotland and Wales?

Have I found a new maturity in my later years? No, I'm just turning into my father
By Laurie Taylor - 10 May 13:00

Ever since I mixed up Antonioni and Fellini at Dave Spier's 40th birthday bash I've had to watch myself whenever the conversation turns to film. Somehow I never seem to have the same philosophical purchase on auteur theory as I do on early Marx or middle-period Foucault.

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