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 January 2004
Many years ago, I decided that a special section of my bookshelves should be devoted to books about newspaper...
UK Politics
16 June 2003
The Baghdad bounce that the Prime Minister hoped for has turned into a Baghdad sag. A poll carried out exclusively for...
Books
12 May 2003
It was a character in one of Tom Stoppard's plays who commented that he was all in favour of the freedom of the press,...
Books
10 March 2003
In 1868, the first Australian cricket team toured England, playing 47 matches, including one at Lord's against the MCC...
International Politics
17 February 2003
A poll carried out exclusively for the NS reveals that the country is profoundly divided on war with Iraq. And it has...
Society
13 January 2003
In our Christmas issue, which came shortly after the BBC's Greatest Briton contest, we invited readers to nominate...
Politics
02 September 2002
It seems impossible, in the year 2002, for a child simply to drop through the system, and not to be offered any sort of...
Ideas
02 September 2002
There has always been something faintly ridiculous about the contorted quarrels of British and American intellectuals...
26 August 2002
I have just returned from a holiday in Brazil. This intelligence is normally greeted by friends and colleagues with...
Books
06 May 2002
One is supposed to review Wisden with comments about rising sap or cuckoos or the smell of newly mown grass. That would...
Politics
11 February 2002
For our issue dated 14 January, the New Statesman published a cover showing the Star of David standing on a Union Jack...
Culture
24 September 2001
The old stories, it is said, are the best ones. And most of the stories in this book are familiar to me: from Alan...
Food and Drink
03 September 2001
Given England's Test match results this summer (apart from the Headingley miracle), suicide would seem an appropriate...
10 January 2000
Now it can be told: the tale of how I missed the biggest story of the century. I was editing the Independent on Sunday...
Food and Drink
13 December 1999
The only time I ever asked Amanda Platell about her politics was the only time, I think, that I have seen her blush. I...

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