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On the eve of a new decade, there is an acute need for an alternative political and economic settlement that no party at present represents
Boris Johnson won the support of a majority of Conservative members because they thought he was the best candidate to keep them in office.
I want to limit the time politicians spend delivering “oven ready” soundbites drafted by their spin doctors.
When the 2008 crash came, the party leaderships could not explain why it happened, or see what it might unravel.
As Churchill said, “We are with Europe but not of it.”
Soon after Corbyn became leader, I warned that a huge campaign of character assassination was inevitable. It was not difficult to see it coming.
Europe still lacks a serious substitute for the collective might of the Western alliance.
Your weekly dose of gossip from around Westminster.
The shadow foreign secretary on ambition and leading the Labour Party.
The family of Jack Merritt stated that “he believed in redemption… not revenge”.
On the geeks behind the Tory campaign.
From a second Brexit referendum to urgent action to confront the climate crisis, our contributors outline the choices before Britain.
You only have to look at the British politicians of the past ten years to see why.
Neither Boris Johnson nor Jeremy Corbyn deserves to win the general election.
The Home Office should also be put in special measures, like a delinquent school, until it has a humane asylum policy.
We don’t want politicians talking in highfalutin language; we want a sense of the changes they would bring.
The difference between rich and poor, and rural and urban, is a structural rift affecting everything from health to cultural productivity; from access to job markets to political power.
And I’d like 16- and 17-year-olds, UK citizens living abroad and EU citizens with settled status to be able to vote in it.
The shadow chancellor believes Labour will win the election and effect a socialist transformation of Britain. Is he deluded?
Over the past five years, as James defied his bleak prognosis, he published some of his finest poems in the NS.
Jo Swinson, the Lib Dem leader, began the campaign on a high. But her personal approval ratings have slumped and her party is struggling.
As the SNP struggles to hold its movement together and exploit unhappiness about Brexit, a broad, disruptive coalition of populists and the left is agitating for a more radical plan for leaving the Union.
Lezard's It Gets Worse, Cash's Restoration Heart and Kandasamy's Exquisite Cadavers.
Winston Churchill said Clement Attlee was a modest man who had much to be modest about. But they worked together to help save their country.
Best, if inadequately, described as a biography, this book’s lack of a subtitle or introduction or any clue to intentions is telling: anything may be included or excluded.
A new book explains that women pioneered the study of other cultures.
This complex and exceptional book explores the legacy of the “desk killer”.
A new book explores how big tech threatens democracy.
A new poem by Heather Christle.
Aidy Bryant and Lolly Adefope give playful but grounded performances.
Reassessing the surrealist artworks of a woman dismissed as a footnote to the Picasso story.
This is a movie that dares to leave its audience in the dark.
They are fatuous beauty contests that are unendurably boring to watch.
A new history of general elections gave me a strange sense of déjà vu.
For those of us who get a little twitchy at the narrative of maternal virgins and venerated male children, France’s most famous wine region offers a delicious antidote.
Something is very wrong with my tooth, and beneath it there are strange and painful things happening. It’s not toothache, but very painful indeed.
Finally, here was exercise that felt intuitive, where my body wasn’t fighting me over every movement.
The FA banned the women’s game from its members’ grounds in 1921, when doctors warned it could ruin women’s child-bearing organs. Women’s football went to sleep, until 1993.
The musician talks Blackadder, David Astor, the Observer editor and a founder of Amnesty International, and being hypnotised by his father’s best friend.
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