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.
From Gordon Brown to Theresa May, politicians' doorstep encounters are stage managed. But it’s hard to ensure that “ordinary people” stay on-message.
Peter Wilby's First Thoughts.
May's gamble, MacKenzie's obsession and Wisden obituaries - Peter Wilby's First Thoughts.
Peter Wilby's first thoughts.
Tabloid newspapers trivialise and sexualise almost everything.
The week in the media, from Osborne’s irrelevant editorship to the unrepentant McGuinness and Vera Lynn’s stirring ballads.
Peter Wilby on Adrian Addison’s expletive-strewn history of the Daily Mail.
This week in the media, from what the Bank of England knew to the return of secondary moderns – and my fake gardening news.
You don’t question the credentials of somebody like that or their understanding of the rules.
The week in the media, from false promises on grammars and the French flirtation with fascism to a posh private police force.