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A selection of the best letters received from our readers this week. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to have your thoughts voiced in the New Statesman magazine.
I was at the BBC ten years ago when the decision was made to put the BNP’s Nick Griffin on Question Time and I still believe it was the right thing to do: he shrivelled under scrutiny.
In Passport to Pimlico the residents of a London neighbourhood find themselves unexpectedly citizens of the medieval French dukedom of Burgundy.
The impact was explosive: several government ministers resigned, the Speaker was forced to quit, two peers and five MPs were imprisoned, and dozens more stood down.
If you understand why “Zionist” has become an anti-Semitic codeword, there’s no excuse for calling women “terfs”.
Party’s staffers have dubbed it “the great Brexit conundrum”: people don’t want to hear about Brexit, but the media won’t stop talking about it.
Your weekly dose of gossip from around Westminster.
Mrs Hinch is a 28-year-old hairdresser from Essex who shares her cleaning tips and videos, product recommendations and gleaming home with millions.
The only way to tackle the climate emergency.
The readers’ editor on George Eaton’s interview with the philosopher Roger Scruton.
When details of MPs’ expenses were leaked ten years ago, the story revealed a political system that was broken. But nothing has been done to address the disintegration of trust in our public institutions
The caliphate is collapsing, but the Sri Lanka attacks showed that IS’s tactics remain deadly.
One of the worrying things about Britain is that our diffuse support for the political system was on the wane long before the Brexit vote.
President Macron’s promise to rebuild the cathedral within five years ignores the realities of restoration.
With roots in older assassin movements, the suicide bomber took terror to a new extreme.
Jordan – born Pamela Rooke in Seaford, East Sussex – was an audacious young woman from the start.
Defoe wrote Robinson Crusoe 300 years ago and his castaway – capitalist, imperialist, pragmatist – has stood for versions of Englishness ever since.
Generally, there’s an underlying mirthlessness to the scripted comedy lecture.
Funny, absurd and pleasingly vulgar – this is a visionary show.
This documentary following forensic scientists is dreadfully real, squeezing at the heart even when events turn out to be anticlimatic.
The value of Athenian tragedy in an age of anxiety.
Lively performances from Natalie Portman and Raffey Cassidy drive this story of fame, mourning, and spectacle.
Czapski survived his incarceration in a Soviet prison camp and went on to produce vivid paintings and prose. But his life and work was haunted by the massacre that he escaped.
This is a startling and memorable book, charting invisible and vanishing worlds.
“I decided to stop therapy” and “In Wordsworth’s house”.
In recent years, the English NHS’s structure has been quietly revamped and many CCG functions dispersed – leading to a bewildering array of acronyms.
His daughters think Axl Rose is woke.
I promise to be a ruler of terrifying and brutal despotism, none of this “hard but fair” rubbish, I’ll just be hard.
Grouse hunting is being managed on an agri-industrial scale to maximise profits and government funding.
The former Danish prime minster on Emmeline Pankhurst, Harry Potter, and Janelle Monáe.
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