Peter Wilby was editor of the Independent on Sunday from 1995 to 1996 and of the New Statesman from 1998 to 2005. He writes the weekly First Thoughts column for the NS.
Plus Richard III interred - and that end-of-term feeling as Parliament closes down.
For many, public schools represent an ongoing problem in the battle for equality. But what can be done to level the playing field? A new book by David Turner considers the ongoing hold of the private system.
"If the qualification for politicians is that they can willingly endure constant and critical scrutiny of their domestic decor and techniques for eating sandwiches on the street, we really shouldn’t be surprised that all our political leaders seem so weird."
A horrible feeling has grown inside me: that the Conservatives will not only form the next government but get a small overall majority.
Plus, why Wolf Hall should have character stats flash up - so you can remember who destroyed the most monastaries.
In the aftermath of Oborne's resignation, there are other questions to be asked about the newspaper industry.
Snow blindness, the Guardian hustings - plus left- and back-footedness on Question Time.
The former chief political commentator says the paper increasingly commits “a form of fraud on its readers” by suppressing or downplaying stories, such as the HSBC tax avoidance scandal.
Leather, onanism and the wrong brother in this week's First Thoughts.
Ancestral restraints and worrying political powers in this week's First Thoughts.
From Trump to Brexit, the world is changing fast - and we need intelligent, incisive journalism more than ever.
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