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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UK Politics
23 April 2007
Groceries were always the best illustration of the merits of free markets. How ridiculous it would be if we decided...
UK Politics
16 April 2007
I think I am going to emigrate to Finland. It is the least corrupt and sixth-happiest country in the world, as well as...
Politics
09 April 2007
The poor, the Bible warned, "always ye have with you". The truth of that has just come home to new Labour. According to...
Politics
02 April 2007
A few weeks ago, regular readers may recall, I got a headache trying to work out the welfare system. Now I've got...
Environment
26 March 2007
It has become clear that any practical idea of how to cut carbon emissions will meet strong public opposition. A YouGov...
UK Politics
19 March 2007
Unlike his neighbour, Gordon Brown shouldn't worry about his legacy. He already has one: the creation of asset-based...
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...

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