Laurie Penny is a contributing editor to the New Statesman. She is the author of five books, most recently Unspeakable Things.
Behold: a Britain where a woman has to convince jobcentre staff she’s been raped so that her child can eat.
The greatest threat to our “way of life” is not migration. It is that we will swallow the lie that some human lives matter less than others.
I asked my new friends if I could stay for a few days whilst my landlords dealt with a rat problem. I ended up staying forever.
It’s easy to criticise call-out culture. It’s harder to look into your own heart and ask if you can do better.
Don't let the bastards get you down – choose action over despondency when coming to terms with the general election result.
Not voting isn't passive, but it only works if politicians care what you think. To be counted, you have to step into the ballot box - if only to register your disgust.
After Felix Salmon warned aspiring journalists that a world of woe awaits them, NS columnist Laurie Penny has some more cheery advice.
White male nerds need to recognise that other people had traumatic upbringings, too - and that's different from structural oppression.
I grew up in Lewes. I know this town. The Bonfire Parade has always been exactly this problematic. The surprising thing is that people are only just noticing.
What is happening in Ferguson is about more than Michael Brown and his family. It’s a shadow play of a national crisis in race relations and class repression.