Peter Wilby was editor of the Independent on Sunday from 1995 to 1996 and of the New Statesman from 1998 to 2005. He writes the weekly First Thoughts column for the NS.
This week in the media, from my grammar-school plan and an embarassing Question Time to the disappearing cats of Essex.
The week in media, form the trials of Keith Vaz, Ed Balls on Strictly, and why Clegg is right about Johnson and Gove.
This week in the media, from Apple’s tax liabilities to Jeremy Paxman’s run-in with the “virtual corpses”.
The week in the media, including Cambridge entrance exams, the Brexit tourism boom, and why Owen Smith is a no-hoper.
Reflections on a week in media, from NHS plots to why I am an Olympics humbug.
This week's diary, from the hard job of chairing a child abuse enquiry to climate change denial.
A Brexit boon for accountants, knights and peers in disgrace, and more woe at the Guardian.
This week's news, from Erdogan the despot, to memories of Disraeli, and coffee and class.
Peter Wilby on bewildering political change and why he doubt Theresa May would call for a general election.
The incredible shrinking island, how I got it so wrong and the meaning of “Middle England”.
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