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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Books
12 February 2009
Some modern celebrities, it is said, have never done anything particularly notable. They are just famous for being...
Business
05 February 2009
We now know that Alistair Darling was not joking when he said last summer that we faced the worst economic crisis in 60...
Politics
11 December 2008
Hugo Young, first on the Sunday Times and then on the Guardian, was a columnist of bottom (I use the word Young might...
Politics
27 November 2008
With all this talk of derivatives, collateralised debt obligations, option contracts, default swaps and so on, you...
International Politics
13 November 2008
The American Future: a History Simon Schama Bodley Head, 400pp, £20 Will America Change? Ziauddin Sardar and Merryl...
Politics
23 October 2008
At times like this, I think of Stafford Cripps. A vegetarian and teetotaller, who reputedly lunched exclusively on...
Politics
18 September 2008
I asked a much-acclaimed headteacher the other day about the secret of his success. Consistency, he said. Schools did...
Business
11 September 2008
Most Britons, and particularly readers of this column, will be familiar with the extent to which the super-rich are...
Politics
04 September 2008
When a report from the World Health Organisation came out a few days ago, the media highlighted an extraordinary fact:...
UK Politics
28 August 2008
Within living memory, Britain was a country where recycling was a way of life and waste was abhorred. Milk was...
Politics
21 August 2008
Which world-beating British industry employs 1.2 million people, has grown by 126 per cent since 1995, grosses revenues...
Politics
14 August 2008
The NHS could quite easily consume the country's entire GDP. As more people survive into extreme old age, more drugs...
UK Politics
07 August 2008
August, the month when children aren't at school, is when the English spend most time talking about education, as...
UK Politics
31 July 2008
Hilaire Belloc, a Frenchman by birth, once advised us that "when you have lost your inns . . . you will have lost the...
UK Politics
24 July 2008
The English class system was always porous. That was what distinguished it from a caste system. By investing in land,...

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