Peter Wilby was editor of the Independent on Sunday from 1995 to 1996 and of the New Statesman from 1998 to 2005. He writes a weekly column for the NS.

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12 May 2011
The downmarket newspapers can scarcely contain their glee at the rash of allegations on Twitter, naming celebrities who...
05 May 2011
You have not, I hope, forgotten that the woman taking her marriage vows in Westminster Abbey is (or was) called "...
27 April 2011
David Cameron says he wants a calm, rational debate about immigration, but he is a long way from getting it. On BBC1's...
07 April 2011
A 1,400-page report on taxation issued last year by the Institute for Fiscal Studies - no, of course I haven't read it...
International Politics
31 March 2011
Our intervention in Libya feels quite different from that in Iraq. There is no US president blathering about an "...
24 March 2011
Considering the Lisbon earthquake and tsun­ami of 1755 - the shocks of which were felt as far away as the Scilly Isles...
UK Politics
17 March 2011
It is a measure of how unseriously David Cameron took his green commitments - made when he was trying to convince us...
The Staggers
10 March 2011
The report on public-sector pensions from the former Labour minister John (now Lord) Hutton must be understood as part...
UK Politics
10 March 2011
Let us look into the mind of Muammar Gaddafi. The Libyan dictator thought that provided he gave British firms...
International Politics
03 March 2011
The uprisings in the Arab world ought to be humbling for westerners for several reasons. Would we take to the streets,...
24 February 2011
How can the "big society" work, when voluntary bodies are being cut so harshly? You may get a clue from the...
17 February 2011
It didn't take long for the western media to decide that, with Hosni Mubarak still in office and the traffic in Cairo...
10 February 2011
Is Murdoch's love affair with his tabloids over?
27 January 2011
The penny is at last beginning to drop about this government. Its policies have nothing to do with "empowering...
International Politics
20 January 2011
The main reason why anything resembling the Arizona shootings is inconceivable in Britain is that we don't like guns...