Birds sneeze and ministers catch fright
By Jo Revill - 27 February 12:00

Observations on avian flu

Marketing public health
By Staff blogger - 27 February 12:00

The need for a better approach

By Martin Bright - 27 February 12:00

In a shocking report on Britain, Amnesty International attacks the government for persecuting innoce

''We're from the Tory party and we've come to help''
By Nick Cohen - 27 February 12:00

Like a romantic hero, David Cameron has swept some unlikely political maidens off their feet. They n

And the winners are . . . ?
By Staff blogger - 27 February 12:00

Some leadership contests excite. Some disappoint. Others exist only in name. The Conservatives have had the good fortune that, after three lamentable efforts, they have chanced upon someone to inspire them.

Village life - Kevin Maguire enjoys a Berlin lovefest
By Kevin Maguire - 27 February 12:00

Tone and Angela in lovefest, No 10's flexible friends, and gorgeous kitty seeks new home

Segregated education in the dock
By John O'Farrell - 27 February 12:00

Observations on Northern Ireland. By <strong>John O'Farrell</strong>

It's not who comes after Blair, but what
By Staff blogger - 20 February 12:00

Gordon Brown has no choice but to wait. But he can still use the time profitably to carve out an age

Michael Portillo - History lessons
By Michael Portillo - 20 February 12:00

Theatre - Real issues replace soundbites as the Iron Lady returns, writes Michael Portillo


Talking to terrorists
By Martin Bright - 20 February 12:00

Secret documents show the Foreign Office is ready to risk international fury by opening a dialogue w

The politics column - Neal Lawson wants less caution from Gordon
By Neal Lawson - 20 February 12:00

Initial plans for the transition are out of date, gathering dust on some Treasury shelf. Everyone ho

Grease is the word
By Katharine Quarmby - 20 February 12:00

You may have thought junk food had been banned from schools. Well think again, because behind the sc

The media column - Peter Wilby smells a bad egg
By Peter Wilby - 20 February 12:00

The one-sided coverage since Sion Jenkins was acquitted illustrates the dangers of trial by newspape

Village life - Kevin Maguire picks up a cheque
By Kevin Maguire - 20 February 12:00

The Tory Taliban flash the cash, Tessa holds court, and Gordon's accent goes south

Rory's week - Rory Bremner boggles in Dubai
By Rory Bremner - 20 February 12:00

Peter Mandelson (Peace Be Upon Him) informed the world's press that "we represent the masses, the pr

Dirty deeds
By Francis Beckett - 20 February 12:00

Fightback! Labour's traditional right in the 1970s and 1980s

Dianne Hayter <em>Manchester Universi

Mardi Gras among the ruins
By Thomas Ruys Smith - 20 February 12:00

Observations on New Orleans

NS Profile - Neil Kinnock
By Francis Beckett - 13 February 12:00

There is only one issue that could have forced the past Labour leader into rebellion, and that is ed

Village life - Kevin Maguire goes vulture-spotting in Durham
By Kevin Maguire - 13 February 12:00

Vultures circle over Durham, Osborne hedges his bets, and that lodge in the Press Gallery

The politics column - Martin Bright says don't ignore the baby boomers
By Martin Bright - 13 February 12:00

Baby boomer voters, who will be 50 or over at the next election and who turn out in large numbers, h

Publish and be damned was always a myth
By Staff blogger - 13 February 12:00

The New Statesman has never been afraid to ruffle feathers. Thus it is fair to ask why we, like others in the media, have refrained from publishing the Danish cartoons about the Prophet Muhammad.

An MP writes: go ahead, bug me
By Austin Mitchell - 06 February 12:00

Most backbenchers don't have anything as exciting as a secret

Private obsessions can be bad for our health
By Staff blogger - 06 February 12:00

One of the more valid criticisms of journalism is that it rarely gives practitioners a voice. This week we plead not guilty, assigning our cover to a junior doctor and her stories of life on the ward.

Simon and me
By Peter Tatchell - 06 February 12:00

Compared to the upfront coming out of other gay MPs such as Alan Duncan and Angela Eagle, the manner of Simon Hughes's self-outing was decidedly less dignified and more equivocal. Sadly, his statements struck me as rather slippery and evasive.

Village life - Kevin Maguire pits Hague against Osborne
By Kevin Maguire - 06 February 12:00

Hague makes a comeback, Hoey blasts with both barrels, and hacks enjoy their drink

Getting the hump
By Joe Moran - 06 February 12:00

Observations on traffic

Rory's week - Rory Bremner calls for the screens
By Rory Bremner - 06 February 12:00

Picture the Chancellor at Blair's bedside, agonising about whether to prolong his life. To what purp

Hizb ut-Tahrir: the facts
By Shiv Malik - 30 January 12:00

* Founded in Jerusalem in 1953 with aim of establishing the Caliphate, an Islamic superstate, by revolutionary means

* View on western life: "We should not become integrated into the corrupt western society and accept their diseased notions of democracy, freedom and capitalism"

Losing the plot
By Martin Bright - 30 January 12:00

Exclusive - As Blair's anti-terror plan unravels, secret e-mails show that even ministers and intell