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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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...
Culture
27 September 1999
These books, to be honest, are for cricketing anoraks, and romantic, nostalgic ones at that. But there are many of us...
Politics
26 March 1999
Last weekend provided us with an example of new Labour spin at its most dazzling and dizzying. In the liberal, leftish...
29 January 1999
I fear that Tony Blair is on shaky ground in referring the Mail on Sunday to the Press Complaints Commission. The paper...
Politics
22 January 1999
It says something about the single-mindedness (or perhaps narrow-mindedness) of new Labour that Bill Morris was ever...
08 January 1999
On 6 October 1988, when I was the Independent's education editor, I wrote: "Predictions are dangerous, but then nobody...
01 January 1999
On the Sunday before Christmas (and before the Day of the Resignations), Robert Harris, the author of Fatherland,...
11 December 1998
This is the week when they are biting their nails and fiddling with their calculators in national newspaper offices. On...
27 November 1998
I have been thinking about the relations between editors and newspaper proprietors, and you will know why. The owner of...

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