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In the UK and the US, conservative politicians are moving leftwards as they confront market failure and excessive austerity.
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.
Transforming the PLP is an essential prerequisite to maintaining the Corbynites’ control of the party, and yet they have managed to trigger selection contests in only a handful of cases.
This was about ruling that Johnson cannot set a precedent for prime ministers to close parliament to force through their own agenda.
A desire to change your body could drag all of that history back.
The United team that lost to West Ham this season were devoid of identity and unacquainted with swagger.
Whenever there’s race to be debated, just page Barnes and up he pops, effortlessly filling airtime.
The late president’s popularity across French society is in marked contrast to that of Emmanuel Macron, who is deemed to be an elitist.
Your weekly dose of gossip from around Westminster.
Learning from the Germans is a formidable account of how Germany and America have come to terms with (or not, in the case of the US) past evils.
The world’s largest international institutions continue to insist that “private financing” is the only way to avert climate apocalypse – an idea that seems ludicrous.
How Leave.EU, a self-styled guerrilla movement, infiltrated the Conservative Party and became the dominant digital powerhouse in British politics.
There’s a long tradition of inflammatory speech in British politics: so why does today’s discourse feel so toxic?
How the effects of political speech on the country prove that words matter.
The People’s Republic of China turns 70 this month. To reach this milestone it faced down opponents at home and abroad. But will this increasingly corrupt regime be able to maintain its grip on such a vast and volatile country?
Convinced that the planet faces imminent catastrophe, XR has redefined environmental protest and made the climate emergency front page news.
The Blondie singer is a reluctant memoirist and what drove her to write this is unclear – but thank God she did.
The Cockroach is billed as a modern take on Kafka’s Metamorphosis that doubles as political satire. But as you move through the book, it becomes less clear what it has to do with either Kafka or Brexit.
As their portraits show, two of art’s supposed “great loners” were deeply social painters.
Joaquin Phoenix’s performance makes this film seem better than it is – but Joker remains insubstantial and inconsistent.
A female leader and sex symbol, played by a 74-year-old woman? Has this happened before?
The programme delves deep with frank interviews with old colleagues and archive recordings of Garland’s sublime voice and sparkling onstage patter.
It comes down to basic botany.
Perhaps I am becoming a breatharian, whose adherents claim to be able to survive for years without eating, subsisting only on prana, the life force of the universe.
How is it possible that I still keep forgetting, this many years after her death, that I can’t call her with news?
Ten years ago I could get physiotherapy appointments in weeks; now people wait months. As we struggle to control their pain, patients frequently develop depression and anxiety.
The author talks Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the work of Jane Austen, and Schitt’s Creek.
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