Gallant protector
By Kevin Maguire - 13 November 12:00

Tory dominatrix Theresa May is proving quite an attraction at Thursday's business questions. Once famous for her shoes, the shadow leader of the house is now pulling in unreconstructed MPs eager to discover if she's wearing another of her daring low-cut tops.

A kinder, more caring Campbell?
By Andrew Gilligan - 13 November 12:00

Andrew Gilligan is not convinced by the rebranding of his old foe

Are Disabled People Dangerous?
By James Medhurst - 06 November 17:43

The aim of this blog is to tackle some of the issues, both personal and political, faced by disabled

How dare I say 'crip'?
By Victoria Brignell - 06 November 17:27

So were you surprised by the title of this column? Are you concerned that your socially-aware politically-progressive New Statesman has suddenly lost its marbles?

How to get active
By Kierra Box - 06 November 16:58

My first experience of leading a campaign was forced on me - the world was being screwed up by leaders who were determined to embark on an unjust war with Iraq, despite clear evidence that most of the population disagreed with them.

Welcome to a new forum for students
By Gemma Tumelty - 06 November 16:29

Students are constantly being portrayed as apathetic, as blind consumers of bland 'tick a box and yo

The ideas corner: Mind the age gap
By James Harkin - 06 November 12:00

James Harkin advises politicians not to pit children against parents

A sofa and two crises of democracy
By Martin Bright - 06 November 12:00

It is perhaps fitting that two parties on the fringes, geographically and ideologically, should have

There's rubbish and there's rubbish
By Red Box - 06 November 12:00

Tony rearranges Cherie's hair, Leo loses his nuggets, Sarah learns to live with new nappies, while G

Style over substance
By Kevin Maguire - 06 November 12:00

The wheels wobble on Hilary Benn's newly constructed charabanc as he goes down an American route in the quest for the Labour deputy's tiara.

The Women’s Institute and the Bolshevik tendency
By Sian Berry - 06 November 11:42

If there are climate talks, then we must be marching. I’ve been coming to the big, annual <a href="h

The Met needs something to show for its efforts
By Adam Boulton - 30 October 12:00

Now that Michael Howard has received the knock on the door over cash for honours, what matters is wh

The dilemmas of a would-be councillor
By Sian Berry - 30 October 11:40

It’s official then. Less than six months after the hurly-burly of the May local elections, the Labour councillor for my home ward of Kentish Town has resigned leaving two Lib Dems and a vacancy, so we will be having a by-election in December for which I have been selected as the candidate.

Blair's first term in office
By Kitty Ussher - 23 October 13:00

<strong>Servants of the People</strong>

Andrew Rawnsley <em>Penguin Books, 592pp, £8.99</em>


Political parties in comparative perspective
By Paul Webb - 23 October 13:00

Political parties across the world appear to be in crisis. However, argues Paul Webb, democracy's ho

The rise and fall of the political party
By Vernon Bogdanor - 23 October 13:00

In an era where individualism, not collectivism, has become the leitmotif, the mass party is dying o

The faint pulse of party politics
By Staff blogger - 23 October 13:00

An introduction to the <em>New Statesman</em> Political Studies Guide 2007

One minister who understands the problem
By Martin Bright - 23 October 13:00

Ruth Kelly's wake-up call about Islamism to Britain's Muslims and British society at large is far mo

Reform could lead to a seismic upheaval
By Peter Kellner - 23 October 13:00

There are frequent calls to reform Britain's voting system. Peter Kellner reveals who would be the w

Blogging for Britain
By Red Box - 23 October 13:00

Tony sends a secret missive to the troops, Bono tells him all about Africa, while the naughty genera

Bizarre political parties: The Boston Tea Party
By Sholto Byrnes - 23 October 13:00

One of the world's newest political parties was formed in Portland, America, in July this year. The Boston Tea Party may sound like a joke, although it has a long way to go to rival some of the sillier names chosen by fringe or non-serious parties, but its founders claim earnest intent.

A recurring obsession
By Anne McElvoy - 23 October 13:00

<strong>From the Diary of a Snail</strong>

Gunter Grass <em>Harvest Books, 310pp, US$17</em>


How ministers became soap stars
By Stephen Byers - 23 October 13:00

Reflecting on the book that is causing a political storm, Stephen Byers praises its author and calls

New Labour's tragic prophet
By Martin Bright - 23 October 13:00

<strong>The Future of Socialism</strong>

Anthony Crosland <em>Constable Books, 416pp, £9.99</em>

A green conspiracy against fun?
By Sian Berry - 23 October 12:39

As a member of a genuine grassroots campaigning group, I have been riveted by the recent articles and Newsnight report by George Monbiot trailing his new book, Heat (now high on my growing reading list).

Meet the arrestables
By Sian Berry - 17 October 12:36

I’m getting used to the jet-set life of a Green politician. This weekend it was the National Express

New Labour and the fragility of the mind
By Martin Bright - 16 October 13:00

A government with a direct relationship to mental illness should be better able to deal with the one

Premier league
By Simon Hoggart - 16 October 13:00

<strong>The 20 British Prime Ministers of the 20th Century</strong>

various authors <em>Haus Publi

Found: another holiday in paradise
By Red Box - 16 October 13:00

Tony sings the praises of his new best friend, Cherie sees a monster, while Gordon and John fight it

Too busy fondling their self-esteem
By John Pilger - 16 October 13:00

The great Chilean balladeer Victor Jara, who was tortured to death by the regime of General Pinochet 33 years ago, wrote a song that mocks those who see themselves as rational and liberal, yet so often retreat into the arms of authority, no matter its dishonesty and brutality to others.