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.
Even if grammar schools could eliminate social bias from their recruitment – so that each social class was represented in proportion to its numbers in the general child population – all would not be well.
Healey, who has died aged 98, persuaded the public that he was a jolly and rather lovable character. That was not how his parliamentary colleagues saw him.
I booked a cottage called Primrose Hall. I realised on arrival that I had committed myself to five days in a museum of Toryism.
What a strange country. Most of us associate pigs with bacon and sausages but Corbyn won’t eat them, while David Cameron has allegedly molested a dead one.
Before we trust Cameron on drone strikes, we should try to establish some facts. These are hard to come by.
This week's First Thoughts from the New Statesman's former editor.
Peter Wilby’s First Thoughts column.
Blair’s strength, according to John Rentoul, a sympathetic biographer, was his ability “to pick up and reflect back the banality of the majority”. David Cameron does that perfectly well.
It strains credulity that a man who was singularly ineffective as a backbencher can transform himself into an effective opposition leader.
Dim middle-class children do not enjoy life chances equal to those of their brighter working-class peers. Their prospects are, by some distance, better.