17 May 2010
The rise and fall
08 February 2010
The climate-change meetings in Copenhagen proved something of a fiasco. The global nature of those December talks, with...
02 April 2007
Britain remains a society with too many inequalities, too many barriers to opportunity for those at the bottom. "Not...
25 September 2006
Made in America! The phrase applies to most of new Labour's policies - made there well over ten years ago, under the...
18 September 2006
Physically Vladimir Putin has little charisma. He is on the short side and balding, although he carries himself with...
11 September 2006
I am sitting in the sunshine beneath a sky of perfect blue. The temperature is well into the twenties Celsius and I am...
28 August 2006
It isn't so much a tent as an awning, open to the desert at the edges. Inside, there are some white plastic...
NS Essay - 'Accumulation of wealth is unjust where it arises not from hard work and risk-taking enterprise, but from ''brute luck'' factors such as returns from property. Inheritance is a form of brute-luck inequality'
27 June 2005
This Labour government has devoted enormous amounts of energy to tackling inequality through helping the poor....
10 January 2005
The current debate about terrorism, including its implications for civil liberties (which were recently highlighted by...
01 November 2004
The European left is not in good shape. At the turn of the millennium, left or leftish governments were in power in 13...
27 September 2004
The government is often criticised from the left for having done nothing to counter inequality. It is said that Labour'...
NS Essay - There is a law of the Labour back benches: if they do it in Sweden, it must be all right.
06 September 2004
Imagine a country where the following changes have been (or are being) introduced by a centre-left government: choice...
07 June 2004
A few weeks ago, the New Statesman editor, Peter Wilby, asked me to write on the "Tony Blair, should he stay or should...
11 June 2001
Just after the last election, Tony Blair said: "We ran for office as new Labour, and we will govern as new Labour." I...
25 October 1999
The issue of inequality is one of the most important questions dividing the contemporary left. It highlights the...