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For the first time in more than 100 years, life expectancy in the UK has stalled, while food bank usage has surged, and rough sleeping has increased by 165 per cent since 2010.
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 time for Boris Johnson to worry will be when Conservative MPs feel able to speak out against the Prime Minister himself.
Nationhood’s resilience as a political sentiment stands in the way of Emmanuel Macron’s eurozone reforms.
After almost 100 years of history, we have in the BBC – apart from the royal family – the UK’s only global brand; the key nourisher of the arts.
Society at large still has a playground mentality – niceness and kindness aren’t valued or rewarded.
Statistical analysis can’t measure courage or tell you which individual has the capacity to lead.
As the UK emerges blinking into an uncertain post-Brexit dawn, what is its role in the world?
Your weekly dose of gossip from around Westminster.
The leader of the WEP and City Hall insider on why she wants to be mayor of London.
Could Corbyn’s advisers, such as Seumas Milne, not have got their hands on a draft of the Marmot report and waved it around during the campaign?
On the life of the French editor and writer, who has died aged 99.
Our lives and behaviour have been turned into profit for the Big Tech giants – and we meekly click “Accept”. How did we sleepwalk into a world without privacy?
The event seemed designed not to explore the intellectual content of conservatism, but to strengthen bridges between new nationalist forces in Europe and the US.
The great appeal of having an affair with a colleague via the office’s instant messaging service is that if your personality isn’t turning out quite as you’d hoped, you can simply rewrite it.
Why the idea of a single self only makes sense in a theistic world.
Freeman’s story of her family history shows how clothing can be an art form.
This fascinating book suggests that navigation is a question of psychology.
A new poem by Rory Waterman.
The acclaimed essayist’s debut novel is set in antebellum Virginia and “free” Philadelphia in the first half of the 19th century.
The French-Moroccan novelist Leïla Slimani’s first work of non-fiction is composed of a series of interviews with Moroccan women from different backgrounds and age groups
This is a passionate and intelligent hybrid of dutiful academic writing and popular science.
For four decades, the inventor of cyberpunk has described near futures that have seemed uncannily well judged. What's worrying about his latest novel is that it gives a credible account of the end of the world.
Stef Smith’s era-jumping adaptation goes out of its way to demonstrate why the story remains compelling.
His brand is anchored in irony. But his music is chronically, searingly earnest.
Why the Belgian artist’s work is anything but black and white.
Basically, the moment you clap eyes on Imelda Staunton’s Mary, you just know – alert, alert! – she’s the mousey neighbour from hell.
With this film, Sciamma challenges the conventional dynamic between sitter and artist, observed and observer.
Written by the talented producer Laurence Grissell, each episode sounds like the ripped pages of a film script.
What may surprise us today is the admiration medieval hunters felt for the great boars, even as they chased them relentlessly.
Two long years, half the number of trains between Brighton and London. (Yes, I know Thameslink will still be running services, but its trains are horrible.)
In fact, my brother and I would get matching ones.
“He’s not even going to make it to hospital,” Brian said. “He’s going to die in the back of the truck.”
The radio DJ talks Alan Partridge, The Secret Life of Trees and a post-wedding Domino’s delivery.
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