Laurie Penny is a contributing editor to the New Statesman. She is the author of five books, most recently Unspeakable Things.
The young soldier has become a symbol of the information war and its discontents.
She made herself intolerable to a system she found impossible to tolerate.
As one of the school’s scholarship exam questions shows, young boys are encouraged to think that humanity, compassion, even sense are secondary to winning. This is how we’ve ended up with politicians who will enact any policy, no matter the human cost, ju
Beauty is about class, money, power and privilege - and it always has been.
It’s not just about Jimmy Savile, or Stuart Hall, or the BBC, or the Socialist Workers’ Party, or two American high-schoolers crying in court, or three young women chained in a basement in Ohio, or one dead girl in a hospital in Delhi. After too long, pe
After the financial crash of 2008, Iceland refused to bail out its banks and overthrew its government. But five years on, has its flirtation with an alternative to austerity ended?
Do we need to mourn every lost job without further comment, even in an industry that’s becoming toxic?
Would you sign up for a perilous journey, knowing that you’ve got just one shot at making the human race a bit better, a bit braver?
The left have been painted as tasteless, heartless people trying to make political capital out of Thatcher’s death. Only the government is allowed to do that, says Laurie Penny.
No country has ever left the EU before, so there's no map for where we're going.
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