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
22 November 2012
Oscar Wilde is supposed to have said that socialism took up too many evenings. Now it involves rather a lot of shopping...
Media
15 November 2012
Stop press. Lord Patten, chairman of the BBC Trust, has rejected a resignation offer from George Entwistle, the...
UK Politics
08 November 2012
When he set up a committee on smog in 1952, Harold Macmillan, then the local government minister, said: “We...
Comment
01 November 2012
Poor countries are hard hit by extreme weather because they can’t afford to protect themselves. Rich countries...
Sport
25 October 2012
Peter Wilby's "First Thoughts" column.
Society
11 October 2012
Revelations of Jimmy Savile’s behaviour towards girls under 16 have prompted another bout of BBC-bashing in the...
UK Politics
20 September 2012
Michael Gove, announcing the abolition of GCSEs and the introduction of his full English Baccalaureate, requiring...
12 September 2012
The talk at the TUC conference was of a winter of strikes, even of a general strike. It may be unwise of the unions to...
Economics
06 September 2012
When you listen to the row over this year’s GCSE results, you might think a C grade was some fixed, verifiable...
Society
29 August 2012
Before Neil Armstrong (who died on 25 August) set foot on the moon, science-fiction writers had often envisaged the...
Culture
23 August 2012
When I was a child, I was taught that the British were particularly energetic because of our bracingly cold climate. In...
15 August 2012
I feel like a grumpy parent who, finding the house clean and tidy after the teenagers’ 18th birthday celebration...
Politics
08 August 2012
So farewell, then, House of Lords reform. “The people who make the laws of the land should be elected”...
18 July 2012
The Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, is patting himself on the back. Of the 56,000 households affected...
UK Politics
28 June 2012
  David Cameron’s proposals for welfare reform are lacking not only in compassion but also in common sense...

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