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The Conservative front-runner’s ascent reflects the unseriousness of our politics and the enduring dominance of British public life by those educated at elite private schools.
The guiding force in Alcibiades’s character was ambition and “the desire of superiority”, combined with an addiction to pleasure.
While nobody else knows exactly what happened in that flat, Johnson’s refusal to answer reasonable questions about the incident was a very bad look.
Meet the Instagram offspring, the children behind the lens, taking the perfect photo of mum and dad.
Run by politicians lacking the historical sensibility to guide it, the constitution has been hollowed out.
A selection of the best letters received from our readers this week. Email email@example.com to have your thoughts voiced in the New Statesman magazine.
I scoured my memory, but could not recall ever being protected digitally from the sight of spit in the men’s game.
Your weekly dose of gossip from around Westminster.
When Extinction Rebellion blockaded London in April, it seemed to have come from nowhere. But the group is having real-world effects.
Listening to the Cricket World Cup, I sat upright with a start. Malinga? Christ, is he still around? Could it really be him? Does he have a younger cousin or something? A son?
The promotion of hawkish figures from Mike Pompeo to John Bolton has given impetus to the idea that some sort of military clash is inevitable.
Why some men on 4chan and Reddit are anxiously awaiting the arrival of a morally dubious technology.
It is a peculiarly cruel aspect to the aftermath of sexual violence that, even 20 years later, though I no longer feel guilty for “letting” it happen to me, I feel guilty for not reacting in the right way.
Controversy and outrage helped Peta make animal rights mainstream, but has its founder gone too far?
Johnson’s march on Downing Street seems unstoppable. Yet he is far from unassailable as Tory antagonists plan the resistance
From the Hitler Youth to “constitutional patriotism”, how Habermas became one of the most important German philosophers of the 20th century.
Why the democratic nation is coming apart
It’s rare to read literary fiction in which working-class communities are anything but places to escape from.
From the downgrading of beautiful music, to a wooden Ed Sheeran, Yesterday is simple without being charming.
From the Wild West to Trump’s border wall, the image of the frontier has enabled American imperialism.
This is a failed attempt at remaking Downton Abbey in Delhi.
In her new book, Carolyn Forché chronicles El Salvador’s civil war, in which 75,000 people died.
Unlike many books about therapy, this is an accessible, informal and very personal story.
Who is there to compare with Jarman – still? Who?
Despite English attempts to eradicate it, the Welsh literary tradition has persisted, from the fourth century to today.
Rahim’s tale of a young married couple explores the “parallel selves” of modern Muslims with charm and compassion.
Two new books purport to be about cricket but tell us a lot about the vagaries of life.
As Putin’s Russia glorifies its Soviet past, Grossman’s urgent, questioning voice needs to be heard again.
The novelist talks Ireland’s abortion ban activists, early Eighties electro-synth bands, and Gerald Martin’s biography of Gabriel García Márquez.
I noticed that Emma held her vaping device throughout our consultation and I wondered if there would be any long-term consequences for her or her unborn baby.
Yes, butterflies are extinct, men have sex with robots, and phones are transplanted into hands; but also, life goes on – spouses cheat, teenagers struggle to accept themselves.
There was traffic. We spent much time stationary. Luckily, conversation flows well between us. Up to a point.
The natural world did not really feature in my history books growing up, but it should have done.
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