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MPs should use all means necessary to prevent the humiliating fate of a no-deal Brexit and defy Boris Johnson’s creeping authoritarianism.
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.
There are serious problems with the case for suspension.
If Lula or somebody similar from the left were in power, we think, all would be well. Alas, the world isn’t so simple.
The future has turned out to be nothing like the optimists of that decade supposed.
Boris Johnson seems to have got to the top without being qualified for anything much except messing up his hair and burbling in a manner that tickles voters.
China has labelled itself a “near-Arctic state”; Norway, Denmark and Canada have all claimed ownership over the North Pole, while Russia has put in its bid too.
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There is growing recognition that the dramatic upheavals east Germans suffered after reunification in 1990 have not been adequately addressed.
Depreciation of sterling gives policymakers the chance to confront the deep-seated structural problems in the economy.
At the G7 in Biarritz, the Prime Minister joshed and bantered with his new chum “Donald” in a way he did not with his European counterparts.
By the turn of the millennium, it seemed that the Führer and Nazism had not just been comprehensively defeated but safely buried. But now, as globalisation fragments and national populists rise, we are not so sure.
The cognitive dissonance surrounding anti-vaxxers doesn’t simply reflect a mistrust of science, but a failure to situate oneself in another person’s position.
Modern Europe’s political structure is based on the supposition that capitalism and democracy can be compatible – so the most urgent challenge of our times is reconciling the two.
Fifty years after it shunned him, the Conservative Party has embraced Powell’s Eurosceptic and nationalist views.
Sansoms September 1, 1939, Posnetts Harvest and The Quarter by Mahfouz.
Cusk’s expertly fluid collection of essays, Coventry, is about many things at once, but at its crux is the notion that “honesty” intersects with bigotry, intolerance and abuses of power.
How “the most dangerous spy in history” made his name.
Shafak’s 11th novel reveals the vibrancy – and danger – of Istanbul.
Japan remains far more formal than any country in the West. But these gestures are simply part of the grammar of Japanese life and not its substance.
A new poem by Rainer Maria Rilke, translated by Paul Batchelor.
Rushdie’s Booker-nominated Cervantes homage Quichotte is prone to lapses in tact and taste, and a lack of respect for the reader’s time or powers of concentration.
Written by Joe Gilgun and Danny Brocklehurst, the influence of Trainspotting and Shameless on Brassic is clear – but this working-class farce matures into something of its own.
A bloated, 18-track marathon means that to find Lover’s gems, you have to sift through your fair share of dull moments.
Among her greatest talents as a director is Hogg’s use of ellipses.
With its constant winks, nudges and sniggers, Sanditon comes over like some ropey end-of-the-pier show, albeit one with breeches and bonnets.
As sales of audiobooks surge, the BBC is producing audio versions of already published books, finely abridged into walk-to-the-shops-long chapters, read by the author.
Just as we finally understand the crucial role of bees, the US president has suspended Obama’s pollinator programme.
Ben runs up the 16 floors to his flat every time, instead of taking the lift. Even the thought of it makes me gasp for breath.
From the comfort of my sofa, I’ve peered over dizzying drops, reached to find purchase where there is none to be seen, and balanced precariously over seemingly bottomless abysses.
So far this season looks much like last; the same two teams hovering at the top. Hard to think that either Man City or Liverpool will come a cropper – not till the very end.
The comedian talks Lizzo, the work and speeches of Tony Benn, and Love Island winners.
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