The New Statesman Profile - Tony Harrison
By Francis Gilbert - 02 April 13:00

Poet laureate of the hard left, the Bennite bard still awaits the revolution

We are fixated on the idea that we have to be in a couple; nobody is interested in the beauty of being alone
By Cristina Odone - 02 April 13:00

My Friend was acting peculiar. Not as attentive as usual, mildly moody, and seemingly not as keen to share his every breathing second with me. I turned to the girls at once.

E-mail is all very well, but it does make you vulnerable to religious nuts, chain letters and paranoid rumours
By Sean French - 26 March 12:00

One of the occult powers of e-mail is that once you've written a message it only takes a few seconds to cc it to a hundred or a thousand people. Incidentally, I may be wrong and all my reference books are in boxes, but doesn't "cc" stand for carbon copy?

In praise of a woman who stays true to her roots
By Darcus Howe - 26 March 12:00

Diane Abbott, Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, is the subject of a strange memo, supposedly written at Robin Cook's behest but, according to newspaper reports, actually written by somebody who wants to smear Cook as a smearer.

The British Sleep Foundation has my full support. Just don't ask me to get out of bed to give it
By Suzanne Moore - 26 March 12:00

One of the worst things Margaret Thatcher ever did, as far as I am concerned, wasn't going to war over the Falklands, or destroying the notion of society, or even privatising anything that moved, but boasting that she did not need more than three or four hours' sleep a night.

The past two decades have been wiped from my memory. I blame the government
By Laurie Taylor - 26 March 12:00

My proposed series for Radio 4 on sixties coffee-bar culture has been rejected. The letter from the commissioning editor said that although the idea was "intrinsically interesting", he had an "awkward sense" he'd heard something similar on the network in the past few years.

We make our homes look smarter and glossier while, inside, families become more divided and dysfunctional
By Cristina Odone - 26 March 12:00

I live in Earl's Court, where for the past week the usual traffic of down-and-outs has been jostling with Saab-loads of the up-and-coming.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 26 March 12:00

William Hague must be off his rocker to sack Gregor Mackay, his top media man, and install Amanda Platell, former editor of the Sunday Mirror and the Express on Sunday.

Bob said he didn't share my interest in Angela's nipples. Our friendship had been a sham
By Laurie Taylor - 19 March 12:00

For a good 20 years I've been telling the story of how I went to great lengths at my Sidcup drama school to fix up my lonely friend Robert with a bouncy blonde called Juliet, only to learn, after all the details of the assignation had been laid out, that I'd been wasting my time.

If you want to climb the social ladder, get a Queen Mum-sized overdraft
By Cristina Odone - 19 March 12:00

When my editor was at Sussex University some time ago, he shared a house with two privately educated boys from rich families.

This week's kitchen-table tip: how to induce paranoid schizophrenia in a baby monkey
By Sean French - 19 March 12:00

This week there's going to be no airy-fairy analysis of recondite technical matters. Instead, as William Hague recommended, I'm going to deal with the "kitchen-table issues" that concern ordinary people.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 19 March 12:00

As he wallowed like a manatee in the coral reefs of the Indian Ocean, fighting attempts by BBC reporters to wrench off his breathing-mask, John Prescott might have wondered how his globetrotting plays back home.

Why black boys fail their exams
By Darcus Howe - 19 March 12:00

Institutional racism is the fashion of the moment and now we have it in education. Caribbean boys, we are told by a report from Ofsted, the schools watchdog, do worse in exams than almost any other group.

The New Statesman Profile - Perry Anderson
By Edward Skidelsky - 19 March 12:00

He is one of Britain's great Marxist intellectuals, yet now he seems a strangely conservative figure

Blair shed his tears for Diana. Does he have any for the 6,000 children being killed by the west in Iraq each month?
By John Pilger - 19 March 12:00

Whether or not General Pinochet is sent for trial, the question looms: who is next? Henry Kissinger and George Bush come to mind. Their terrorism is documented from Chile to South-east Asia.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 12 March 12:00

For devotees of Westminster gossip, the really interesting thing about Ir'n Broon's third Budget was the advance spin put on it by Tony Blair's people.

The New Statesman Profile - The Bank of England
By George Lucas - 12 March 12:00

Independent and newly authoritative, this great institution is Labour's biggest threat

If feminism has undermined the private lives of Bill Clinton, a few MPs, and the motley crew that is our monarchy, I say "good"
By Suzanne Moore - 12 March 12:00

It's good to be back where you belong. To be put firmly in your place is one of the joys of writing for the New Statesman, after all.

One partner compared the colour of my teeth to a Mexican washroom hand towel. No longer
By Laurie Taylor - 12 March 12:00

If my reception at the "Culture Wars" conference is anything to go by, my three weeks on Colgate Platinum are already bearing fruit. I was initially put off the new whitening toothpastes when I trotted down to Safeway one morning for my customary semi-skimmed and Farmhouse Crusty.

Say hello to our brand new middle-class royals, who earn a living just like us (well, almost)
By Cristina Odone - 12 March 12:00

When the kilt-clad and puff-cheeked pipers marched into the dining room, the sun-browned Miami millionaires and their bleached blonde wives let rip thunderous applause. The clapping was not for the pipers, though, but for the balding chinless man accompanying them, HRH Prince Edward.

Maybe I'm lazy, but I'd rather not go on holiday in a war zone or have parasites swimming up my urethra
By Sean French - 12 March 12:00

One of the most moving and impressive responses to the brutal killings of the western tourists in Uganda last week was a letter in last week's Guardian. Bill Dalton lost his son a year ago when he was shot and killed in a "border incident in the Congo".

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 05 March 12:00

It is just as well that Jack Straw is taking the flak, because the other cabinet Jack would otherwise be under heavy fire. Jack Cunningham is firmly set on a path to the back benches. "Junket Jack", as he has become known, has always had a taste for the finer things of life.

The best thing about death is knowing that you will never have to talk to an estate agent again
By Sean French - 05 March 12:00

A kindly reader sent me an e-mail observing that I had seemed a little gloomy of late and wondering whether it was attributable to the distressing process of moving house. And I thought I had been so stoical and brave about it.

For every racist, I've met scores of kind people
By Darcus Howe - 05 March 12:00

My editor required that I write a personal account of my experiences of racism. I was not enthusiastic. Slightly stunned, I left the office in Victoria rolling the camera back to a once-upon-a-time period.

The New Statesman Profile - The radical lawyers
By Marcel Berlins - 05 March 12:00

Once, the names of Mansfield, Sedley, Robertson et al infuriated judges. Have they sold out?

New feminism, droning on about nail polish and toilet cleaning, is just a branch office of capitalism
By John Pilger - 05 March 12:00

Last week, the Guardian devoted three pages to Germaine Greer, who has written a book called The Whole Woman. Other famous feminists were asked to comment. "We should not feel guilty for cleaning our toilets if we want to," said one.

The doctor said it was a "sciatic condition" but Marian called it a "broomstick up the arse"
By Laurie Taylor - 05 March 12:00

First of all we looked at the X-ray. "This is your spine," said my doctor with a degree of assertiveness that suggested there had been occasions in the past when patients had been churlish enough to contradict even this initial part of his diagnosis.

I'd rather sacrifice my children to my political beliefs than for the sake of an A-level grade or two
By Suzanne Moore - 26 February 12:00

Another bloody section drops out of my newspaper. What is it? An "East Timor - the new Bali" holiday section? A guide to designer beach huts?

Remember the time the great Joe Harriott came to York? Oh, yeah . . .
By Laurie Taylor - 26 February 12:00

It was September 1972 when word got around York that the alto saxophonist Joe Harriott was coming to town. We were ecstatic. For years we'd bored our friends with Joe's great records, the ground-breaking Indo-Jazz Fusions, and the sheer virtuosity of Free Form.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 26 February 12:00

The general view at Westminster is that Jack Straw, the most authoritarian home secretary since Henry Brooke, has taken a serious hit in his fight with the newspapers over the Lawrence inquiry report. To a great many MPs, his failed injunction looks panicky.