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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Culture
03 April 2006
A few days after the Birmingham pub bombings in 1974, which killed 21 people, I was cornered by a red-faced, finger-...
Politics
27 March 2006
If I were Gordon Brown, I would worry about what happens when the man next door finally goes. The political...
UK Politics
20 March 2006
Rejoice, rejoice! For the first time in 30 years, the right has lost confidence. It no longer believes that it commands...
Culture
13 March 2006
Reading a column in the Independent this month on the Education Bill, I came across a statement so extraordinary that I...
UK Politics
13 March 2006
All but Arnold made it to the front bench, though only Rifkind reached the cabinet. He lost his seat in 1997 but...
UK Politics
06 March 2006
Alongside the National Health Service, the comprehensive school is the last surviving totem of the old Labour tribe....
Human Rights
27 February 2006
Was the News of the World editor, Andy Coulson, right to publish pictures of British soldiers abusing Iraqi youths? To...
Human Rights
20 February 2006
The New Statesman was first to suggest that Sion Jenkins, the deputy head convicted in 1998 of killing his foster...
Culture
13 February 2006
What Voltaire actually said was, "What a fuss about an omelette!" The more famous "I disapprove of what you say, but I...
Culture
06 February 2006
The Metropolitan Police chief, Sir Ian Blair, who has a literature degree from Oxford, once told me he had considered a...
Economics
30 January 2006
Nobody has yet proposed a state funeral for the London whale, but give it time. Confronted by the death of a vulnerable...
Books
30 January 2006
On Friday 13 January, at least 17 people, including children, were killed by US missiles in the Pakistani village of...
UK Politics
23 January 2006
The red tops do love a pervert. This is because pervs, to use the red-top headline contraction, can be clearly...
UK Politics
16 January 2006
As Bruce Anderson wrote in the Sunday Times, "there are moments when the commentators need to sack all their concepts...
Culture
19 December 2005
Over the past six months I have been developing a little cottage industry, mainly in these pages, in what is rather...

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