From the Archive: Blair Triumphant
By New Statesman - 29 April 13:04

On the 20th anniversary of the passing of the new Clause Four, we republish our leader from that fateful week.

While by no means unique in their attitude to women’s bodies, these Protein World adverts have provoked protest.
The Protein World “beach body” adverts only prove that body shaming is a feminist issue
By Glosswitch - 29 April 11:44

In fact, “body shaming” is a terribly weak term to describe the enormous impact of a misogynist, fat-hating culture on women’s self-esteem.

Where are the ethnic minority women in politics?
By June Eric-Udorie - 29 April 11:33

Ethnic minority women are rarely seen or heard in politics - that has to change.

From the Work Programme to the bedroom tax, there is a lot this government has got wrong. Photo: Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty
The Disability Audit: the eight coalition policies that have hit disabled people
By Frances Ryan - 29 April 11:20

After looking in detail at all the changes to the benefits system in the last five years, it’s only possible to come to one conclusion: the coalition’s attitude towards disabled people has been pointlessly cruel.

Blue Labour. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty, colour cast New Statesman
How to win the future: why Blue Labour is the way forward
By Phillip Blond - 29 April 9:21

In a world so highly individualised, what we need is a cultural rather than an economic politics.

Why Ed Miliband was right to be interviewed by Russell Brand
By Stephen Bush - 29 April 9:21

The Labour leader was interviewed by Brand for one simple reason: he's trying to get elected.


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George Osborne’s cunning plan: how the chancellor's austerity narrative has harmed recovery
By Robert Skidelsky - 29 April 8:15

The Tories claim austerity saved the country from disaster. But Osborne's neoliberal right economics drew on discredited theories - and ultimately scuppered growth.

Conservatives offer a five-year freeze in tax cuts: will it have any effect?
By Stephen Bush - 29 April 8:01

The Conservatives' unworkable bribe sounds too good to be true - because it is.

The Defence Secretary wants to avoid neutralising the charge that the UK's nuclear deterrent is threatened by the SNP.
Why Michael Fallon won't promise Tory support for Trident under Labour
By George Eaton - 28 April 20:00

The Defence Secretary wants to avoid neutralising the charge that the UK's nuclear deterrent is threatened by the SNP. 

What do other countries think about the general election?
By Peter Apps - 28 April 16:26

What do other countries make of Britain's elections? They're even less interested than you are. 

An anti-racism demonstration in London in 2014. Photo: Getty
To talk about race, we need to talk about the problem with “whiteness”
By Myriam Francois-Cerrah - 28 April 15:16

Amid charges of “multiculturalism gone too far” and “political correctness gone mad”, attacking “culture” has become the new acceptable conduit for racism. It has to stop.

What does Mebyon Kernow mean?
By New Statesman - 28 April 13:01

And how do you pronounce Mebyon Kernow?

Why isn't Alex Salmond leader of the SNP?
By New Statesman - 28 April 12:49

Alex Salmond was leader of the SNP for over 20 years.

Why isn't Caroline Lucas leader of the Green party?
By New Statesman - 28 April 12:29

She is the only Green MP, and used to be leader.

David Cameron hints at future successor – Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson
By Anoosh Chakelian - 28 April 11:26

In a revealing interview on Woman's Hour, the Prime Minister looked again to his party's future beyond his leadership.

The winds of change are blowing through Scotland - and it's not over yet
By Gerry Hassan - 28 April 10:40

It feels as if something fundamental has changed in Scotland - and there is more change yet to come.

State of empire: an illustration for The Realm of Victoria shows the young queen at the opening of the first parliament of her reign, 1838. Photo: PRIVATE COLLECTION/© LOOK AND LEARN/BRIDGEMAN IMAGES
What does England want?
By Robert Tombs - 28 April 10:34

Not since the 1640s, when Scottish armies repeatedly marched south against Charles I, has the English establishment been so politically threatened in its heartland.

There's no spin that can make GDP figures better
By Stephen Bush - 28 April 10:09

The new GDP figures are out. They're not as important as you might think.

Brie, a French gastronomic specialty. Photo: Cate Gillon/Getty Images
French-bashing, my phantom chat with Nicola Sturgeon... and remembering Gallipoli
By Sylvie Bermann - 28 April 9:36

French ambassador Sylvia Bermann gives the final word on Sturgeon's alleged support of the Tories.

Nigel's coat. Photo: Carl Court
Decoding Nigel's coat – what the Ukip leader's clothing tells us
By Justine Picardie - 28 April 9:23

From Del Boy to poor Michael Foot's donkey jacket, outerwear can tell you a lot about a man.

What is Trident?
By New Statesman - 27 April 19:03

The UK's nuclear fleet.

What is Right to Buy?
By New Statesman - 27 April 17:55

A policy brought in by Margaret Thatcher to allow council tenants to purchase their houses.

How sound is Britain's recovery?
By Peter Kenway - 27 April 17:50

Unbalanced, uneven, and fragile. The recovery isn't all it's cracked up to be.

What does Plaid Cymru mean?
By New Statesman - 27 April 17:29

And how do you pronounce Plaid Cymru?

What does Sinn Féin mean?
By New Statesman - 27 April 17:18

"We ourselves".

Why don’t Irish MPs sit in parliament?
By New Statesman - 27 April 17:11

Sinn Féin abstains.

What would a Labour-SNP deal mean for energy policy?
By Richard Black - 27 April 16:00

If the SNP do hold the balance of power, it will be energy policy where it has the biggest consequences.

What is the Overton window?
By New Statesman - 27 April 15:56

The Overton window is the range of policies voters will find acceptable.

In power, Labour must do a better job of being pro-worker and pro-business than it has managed in opposition
By Bryn Philips - 27 April 15:35

If Labour wants to win an election outright ever again, if Labour cares about national renewal, it must work harder to build a common good between workers and business.