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.
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.
Do no Harman.
Former New Statesman editor Peter Wilby reviews a new biography of John Freeman.
Referendums are in fashion: let’s have one every year, preceded by a referendum on what it should be about. I am serious.
Peter Wilby on Jeremy Corbyn’s appeal, Michael Gove’s grammar and schools inspectors.
Nicky Morgan is just Gove with a smile.
Ignore the Eeyores who say Labour can’t win the next election. I am more optimistic about its chances in 2020 than I ever was about 2015.
When politicians, the media and royalty are unanimous in their judgement that a man is a bad egg, I feel there’s probably much to be said for him.
Labour’s abiding problem is that it doesn’t think it really belongs in office and must therefore apologise for occasions when it was.