In 1948, when the National Health Service was born, its structures were designed to provide reliable and comprehensive medical treatment for everyone, dealing with health emergencies and one-off illness.
For some, I have unforgivably stepped outside the political tribal system. But loyalty is a two-way
The UK economy appears to have taken another turn for the worse
"It was all a misunderstanding," Mary Wilson says quietly, her hands cradling a cup of tea. "Harold never meant to let anybody down."
Amid renewed speculation over Gordon Brown’s leadership, Ed Balls is portrayed by many as the villai
The woman hoping to win Bethnal Green and Bow back for Labour and how the payroll vote has grown und
Labour's future depends on the intellectual baton being handed to its brightest thinkers
The Chilcot inquiry is a win-win for Blair and Campbell
In an exclusive interview Douglas Alexander rebuts Peter Watt's claims and insists he's on good term
Fight bigots with rational argument, not repression
They criticise us for premature electioneering, yet it was the wretched media that fired the starting pistol. "With an election imminent, can you tell us what you will do about X, Y and Z?" they ask.
The baby boomers had everything – free education, free health care and remarkable personal liberties
In the second part of our series on poverty,
Jon Cruddas and Jonathan Rutherford argue that the
John Bercow’s attempts to reform parliament are being threatened by a small cabal of right-wing Tory
The only prospect of Brown's removal is for him to step down voluntarily. But there is nothing in hi
Labour must decide who should lead the party - a discredited and unpopular Gordon Brown, or someone
The great sociologist Richard Sennett has often written about how a sense of long-term commitment - to an employer, job or skill - has all but disappeared from working life.
Labour's increasing dependency on trade union donations may yet become a campaign issue
Until recently, Jack Straw seemed relaxed about libel tourism, unconvinced there was "sufficient evidence" that UK laws - which allow foreign claimants to bring cases against foreign defendants, incurring costs 140 times as la
Right-wing bloggers have been established for years, but the left is catching up and 2010 will be it
Some US presidents and British prime ministers would be well described as "fanatics"
Labour holds on to power in the general election, just. David Cameron survives an attempted coup. Th
The Labour Party remains the natural ally of the Lib Dems. It is time for Nick Clegg to come clean a
My diminished role? To check that what we promise in the manifesto isn't entirely fabricated
The Justice Secretary, Jack Straw, ordered a review of libel laws.
To make a fist of the coming election Labour must start with a hard-headed view of what is really go
David Cameron may insist the Tories are now 'the party of the NHS' but their plans would leave the p
It has been a year of war; battles over bonuses, fights for the planet and ongoing conflict in Afghanistan and neighbouring Pakistan. Yet it hasn't been all gloom. The New Statesman assembles the best photos of the year, and finds light in the darkness.