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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06 June 2005
With the election over, the papers are struggling for a news agenda. The EU constitution crisis is too boring, the Tory...
30 May 2005
Passing through Cardiff the other day, I bought a copy of the South Wales Echo and there inevitably it was: a big...
Politics
02 May 2005
For almost its entire history, the New Statesman has been a Labour-supporting paper. At many times - not least in...
Business
04 April 2005
Childcare. Now that, as Gandhi said of western civilisation, would be a good idea. Indeed, that was what I thought in...
Culture
08 November 2004
It is, I suppose, a measure of how seriously people take the New Statesman that the resignation of its deputy editor...
Books
12 July 2004
''Do you want to make mischief?" Lord Beaverbrook would ask aspiring journalists. John Lloyd's answer, I guess, would...
Books
28 June 2004
No writer of boys' own comic stories ever imagined anything so romantic. Unknown to the wider world, the humble...
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...

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