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No play is ever as good as people say it is, let alone a match for the high farce of Chris Williamson's on/off suspension.
The B-side that sparked Elton John's rise to global fame uncovers the paradox at the heart of audience taste and the power of the "almost normal".
The Islamic Republic's leadership may calculate that Donald Trump's only real objection to the Iran nuclear deal was that his predecessor claimed the credit for it.
Stalwarts of the right sensed a conspiracy by the "smug, self-regarding" London Remainer elite after Jeremy Corbyn's health was called into question.
For all the pig's association with disgust, there is liberation in the idea of a creature that refuses to apologise for its appetites.
With the Tories in disarray, Labour should be thriving. Instead, it is being sunk by a lack of leadership and ambition and its failures over anti-Semitism and Brexit.
After a public furore, the New York Times has ceased publishing political cartoons altogether
How a left-wing challenger wrested control from the Turkish president
A no-deal Brexit is to Johnson and Hunt what the financial crisis was to Cameron and Osborne – an opportunity to rebalance power and wealth in society away from labour and towards capital.
The Russian president aims to gift the world a spectacular legacy: the triumph of a new, post-democratic paradigm in opposition to universalism.
Your weekly dose of gossip from around Westminster
When one her closest friends died midway through a 10k run – and later came back to life – Sophie McBain was determined to get to the heart of the matter.
Sketches from the French capital, in the first of Deborah Levy's new series of travelogues for the NS.
As Labour enters another summer of crisis, morale is low in Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership team. Yet they believe a Johnson-led government would sway disaffected Remainers.
The 17th-century folkloric studies of Robert Kirk clashed with the scepticism of his contemporaries – but his spirit of wonder has been embraced by writers from Walter Scott to Phillip Pullman.
The genius of the New York street artist, whose star burned fast and acid bright.
Daniel Mendelsohn’s The Bad Boy of Athens, Di Pietrantonio’s A Girl Returned and Naomi Wood’s The Hiding Game.
A new poem by John Kinsella.
It’s long, cool look at low inflation and how to achieve it felt like visiting a spa.
With plenty of narrative slaloming, each new twist revealing another switcheroo, the film ultimately falls flat.
Hoodoo practitioners. Vodoun princesses. “Radical feminist anti-capitalists” struggling to stick out their jobs at high-end hair salons.
Inside 2019’s Glastonbury festival, from the headliners to the blazing heat.
Can Marx help us find freedom in a world ruled by profit?
How mythmakers shaped the music scene.
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 wanted to enhance my herb garden with some of the more choice kinds: pink flowered, white flowered, dwarf, trailing, and so on. There was nothing
The salt air from the sea rusts and weathers everything so the place never quite looks new
The geneticist talks David Attenborough, Grand Designs repeats, and The Law and How it’s Broken by the Secret Barrister.
My birthday’s in mid-May, and the number of times I had to sit exams on it is beyond count
Speaking with a patient over the phone can be more efficient, but they come at a cost: the non-verbal cues that can convey so much
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