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A ruthless cabinet reshuffle confirms the ascent of the libertarian right in the Conservative Party - and the UK's journey towards becoming a fully Americanised society
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.
The new Prime Minister has become part of a tradition that is more often the preserve of Labour leaders – that of favouring their middle name
As I travel the country with an exhibition of 18th and 19th century prints, I can't escape the idea that we are now living through Britain's golden age of satire
I first came to Greece in September 2016, burned out from my life of temping and sub-letting in London, with nothing but a small amount of money I wanted to force a long way and a book to write.
Our leading tennis player seems to use these methods and mantras as a crutch, while the new prime minister's brand of positivity is untethered to any empirical reality
From cricket World Cup winners and super-rich footballers to tennis players struggling on the tour, sports men and women are relentlessly exploited for their labour
Neil Woodford was famed for stellar returns and brilliant counter-intuitive bets, until he tilted his strategy towards Brexit and the British economy.
Your weekly round-up of the best gossip from Westminster
Swedish activist Patrik Hermansson on how he went undercover to expose hatred and resist the alt-right's march towards the mainstream.
He is at the centre of power for the first time, courtesy of a man who embodies everything he despises about politics
Dominated by libertarian Thatcherites and privileged reactionaries, Boris Johnson’s cabinet will repel social liberals. But could it win an election?
James Lovelock, the prophet of Gaia, has just celebrated his 100th birthday. At home in Dorset he talks about climate change, green politics, the mysteries of existence, the resilience of the Earth – and falling in love in old age.
Over four weeks in 1969 a succession of cultural shocks – the moon landings, Manson murders, Woodstock and the Beatles’ walk across Abbey Road – ended the Sixties. But, at the time, we had no idea what we were living through
What I’m witnessing is the nuptial flight of a species called Lasius niger, the common black ant
A typical doctor makes 10,000 decisions a year. But even the best will get things wrong at least 100 times. Can AI offer a solution to human error in medicine?
From communism to dubstep, our politics and culture have been haunted by the spectres of futures that never came to pass
These places honour the history of the migrant spirit. I wouldn’t have existed to read that unlikely graffiti without it.
In her bicentenary year interest in Queen Victoria is greater than ever: but she was almost entirely uneducated and understood neither her people nor the constitution, and her greatest achievement was to live for so long
Before Mishima committed ritual suicide on 25 November 1970, he delivered a speech from a balcony in the garrison in central Tokyo, railing against Japan’s semi-pacifist postwar constitution.
A new poem by Clive James.
The people declaring themselves #truecrimeaddicts or #murderinos., downloading podcasts with names like My Favorite Murder or True Crime Girl Time, are overwhelmingly female. Why?
Colson Whitehead’s new novel is a spare and unsparing of a black child’s school experience in 1960s Florida.
Adrian Pabst’s The Demons of Liberal Democracy and David Selbourne’s The Free Society in Crisis occupy a communitarian terrain, neither wholly of the left nor the right.
A new poem by Andrew McMillan.
Using an elaborate conceptual framework, the novel takes place during a mildly fractious 20-minute house viewing.
Despite intense secrecy and fantastical rumours, Anna Fifield skilfully charts Kim Jong-un’s power over North Korea in The Great Successor.
From happy lions to runaway robots.
Original fiction by Sarah Hall.
With very obvious delight, BBC World Service presenter Kim Chakanetsa interviewed two distinguished female roadies.
From Game of Thrones to Chernobyl, viewers are finding climate change parallels everywhere on screen. But why aren’t TV dramas confronting our crisis head on?
Thanks to a familiar, domestic material unburdened by artistic tradition, the linocut birthed fresh and colourful depictions of the everyday.
A lack of authenticity works against the evident chemistry of leads Holliday Grainger and Alia Shawkat.
The films of Savage are marked out by their miraculous intimacy and their determination to put women centre stage.
When they met, Wordsworth was weak and Coleridge was strong; by the end of the year this was to be reversed.
From grottos in grand landscapes to miniature Easter Island heads at home, sculptures and focal points can enhance a garden – or ruin it
A bunch of pointy-heads decide that what this world needs more of is pubs showing football matches on nine-foot screens and bouncers outside the door
I’m purely on holiday, and the same one as usual – a rented villa with family and friends
The "Men Explain Things To Me" author on Patti Smith, the patriarchy and growing up in South America
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