The shock of the new
By Caroline Stagg - 14 January 16:04

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.

Why I turned on Gordon Brown
By Peter Watt - 14 January 6:27

For some, I have unforgivably stepped outside the political tribal system. But loyalty is a two-way

Four signs point to the double dip
By David Blanchflower - 14 January 6:27

The UK economy appears to have taken another turn for the worse

What if .... Harold Wilson had been a spy
By Dominic Sandbrook - 14 January 6:27

"It was all a misunderstanding," Mary Wilson says quietly, her hands cradling a cup of tea. "Harold never meant to let anybody down."

Edward the contender
By Steve Richards - 14 January 6:27

Amid renewed speculation over Gordon Brown’s leadership, Ed Balls is portrayed by many as the villai

Payroll politics and Labour’s London hope
By George Eaton - 14 January 6:27

The woman hoping to win Bethnal Green and Bow back for Labour and how the payroll vote has grown und

Leader: It’s time to pass the baton to the next generation
By Staff blogger - 14 January 6:27

Labour's future depends on the intellectual baton being handed to its brightest thinkers

Alastair Campbell, Chilcot and snow
By Peter Wilby - 14 January 6:27

The Chilcot inquiry is a win-win for Blair and Campbell

“Listen, he’s got a book to sell . . .”
By James Macintyre - 14 January 6:27

In an exclusive interview Douglas Alexander rebuts Peter Watt's claims and insists he's on good term

The Luton protesters should not have been convicted
By Peter Tatchell - 12 January 12:15

Fight bigots with rational argument, not repression

On a dummy run with New Year’s Dave
By Gideon Donald - 08 January 8:15

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.

Young and wasted
By Francis Beckett - 08 January 8:15

The baby boomers had everything – free education, free health care and remarkable personal liberties

Bottom of the class

In the second part of our series on poverty,
Jon Cruddas and Jonathan Rutherford argue that the

Speaker cornered
By James Macintyre - 07 January 6:30

John Bercow’s attempts to reform parliament are being threatened by a small cabal of right-wing Tory

Brown is rocked but he won’t roll over
By James Macintyre - 07 January 6:30

The only prospect of Brown's removal is for him to step down voluntarily. But there is nothing in hi

Leader: Who has the vision to replace the discredited Brown?
By Staff blogger - 07 January 6:30

Labour must decide who should lead the party - a discredited and unpopular Gordon Brown, or someone

Switching suppliers and minor flyers
By Peter Wilby - 07 January 6:30

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.

Donations, insinuations and tactical votes
By George Eaton - 07 January 6:30

Labour's increasing dependency on trade union donations may yet become a campaign issue

The final Straw
By Alyssa McDonald - 30 December 6:16

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

Winning the web war
By James Crabtree - 30 December 6:16

Right-wing bloggers have been established for years, but the left is catching up and 2010 will be it

Bombing, burgling and banking
By Peter Wilby - 30 December 6:16

Some US presidents and British prime ministers would be well described as "fanatics"

Fantasy politics
By James Macintyre - 30 December 6:16

Labour holds on to power in the general election, just. David Cameron survives an attempted coup. Th

Leader: Tories and the Lib Dems – an unnatural alliance
By Staff blogger - 30 December 6:16

The Labour Party remains the natural ally of the Lib Dems. It is time for Nick Clegg to come clean a

The Returning Officer
By Stephen Brasher - 30 December 6:16


The post-Christmas blues
By Fran Reddington - 30 December 6:16

My diminished role? To check that what we promise in the manifesto isn't entirely fabricated

Bite-sized briefing: UK
By Staff blogger - 30 December 6:16

The Justice Secretary, Jack Straw, ordered a review of libel laws.

Get real, Labour optimists
By Peter Kellner - 30 December 6:16

To make a fist of the coming election Labour must start with a hard-headed view of what is really go

The Tories' health plans are Robin Hood in reverse
By Jonn Elledge - 18 December 16:13

David Cameron may insist the Tories are now 'the party of the NHS' but their plans would leave the p

Political photos of the year
By Staff blogger - 17 December 16:39

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.

Campaign spotlight: Libel bashing
By Staff blogger - 17 December 7:06

Dr Evan Harris MP, Liberal Democrat spokesman on science and a member of the Commons select committe