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

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Initial plans for the transition are out of date, gathering dust on some Treasury shelf.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

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.

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 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

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.

Entertaining Mr Thorpe
By James Fenton - 30 January 12:00

By James Fenton. Originally published in the New Statesman on 6 February 1976, selected by <strong>B

Rory's week - Rory Bremner envies Sven
By Rory Bremner - 30 January 12:00

If we want politicians to reflect society, should we not welcome the odd bloke who gets off on the s

Village life - Kevin Maguire warns George
By Kevin Maguire - 30 January 12:00

A Monty Python moment over Iran, and trouble for the artist formerly known as an MP

Blair's lesson in compromise
By Staff blogger - 30 January 12:00

Compromise is a curious creature. In private life it suggests maturity, a willingness to concede for the sake of harmony. In business and diplomacy it can be ambiguous. In politics, particularly British politics, it connotes weakness, and that simply won't do.

Mark Thomas dispenses doorstep justice
By Mark Thomas - 30 January 12:00

When the state starts arresting people with iced cakes, it really is time to change the law, or for

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

What did the squatters do for us?
By Nick Cohen - 23 January 12:00

Their primal-screaming, Trotskyist, free-love solution to a 1970s housing problem has a message for

Rendition: the cover-up
By Martin Bright - 23 January 12:00

Exclusive: A secret memo reveals the truth: the government knows rendition is illegal but it has no

Kevin Maguire - Village life
By Kevin Maguire - 23 January 12:00

High rollers return to the Tories, the Sun King cools off, and why Mrs Ming should be afraid

The media column - Peter Wilby counts pervs
By Peter Wilby - 23 January 12:00

The press can just about tolerate successful and clever women, and quite likes earth mothers, but it

Unions stuck in history's sidings
By Christian Wolmar - 23 January 12:00

Observations on rail

Rory's week - Rory feels the bite of Blair's teeth
By Rory Bremner - 23 January 12:00

My Blair teeth are starting to hurt. The dentures I use when impersonating the Prime Minister are no