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 March 2007
Anybody who tries to understand the benefits system is likely to get a sizeable headache. Reading David Freud's 144-...
UK Politics
05 March 2007
The Hawthorne effect is familiar to most social scientists, particularly to psychologists and management specialists....
UK Politics
26 February 2007
For as long as I can remember, newspaper managements have issued circulars demanding that journalists claim fewer...
Politics
19 February 2007
Planning. Now there's a word that's out of fashion. There used to be a think-tank called Political and Economic...
UK Politics
12 February 2007
Most of us, reading recently that Sainsbury's may be taken over by private equity, would have grasped the first two-...
Politics
05 February 2007
Why does nothing work properly any more? Why is everything such a mess? I don't wish to sound like Victor Meldrew, but...
Politics
18 December 2006
Social scientists usually talk of five social classes, from upper middle class to unskilled working class. I often...
Politics
11 December 2006
How much support can David Cameron count on from Fleet Street when he goes into the next election? There will always be...
Culture
04 December 2006
Milton Friedman, who has just died, was probably the last academic to have any influence whatever. Where politicians...
Politics
27 November 2006
In January 1956, R A Butler, Leader of the Commons under Anthony Eden's premiership, was intercepted by journalists as...
Culture
20 November 2006
The Observer's internet columnist John Naughton spoke the truth to the Society of Editors annual conference in Glasgow...
Politics
13 November 2006
Oh, happy days. On the two major issues of the century so far - Iraq and global warming - we lefties have been proved...
Politics
06 November 2006
In recent days, the arguments over the BBC have taken a new twist. In a spate of articles in the Mail and the...
Culture
30 October 2006
I have been mugging up on the Heather Mills/Paul McCartney divorce. This is not a subject on which, if one is to be a...
Culture
23 October 2006
Everything must now be conducted in the media limelight: marriage break-up (the McCartneys), child adoption (Madonna),...

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