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The pandemic has exposed the fragility of the British state after a decade of disastrous 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.
Johnson wanted to end the era of the super-chancellor, yet Sunak is the Tories’ most popular politician.
Should Joe Biden win, the Democrats could add Supreme Court justices or give statehood to Puerto Rico and Washington, DC.
As much as I have missed live festivals, there are things about holding digital events during the Covid crisis that I have found incredibly valuable.
The two parties have differing intellectual traditions, dispositions and priorities, but their fates are entwined.
Boris Johnson has proposed appointing two men who have spent their careers questioning our national broadcaster's existence.
Once, when my card was declined as I tried to get the Tube, I called to let him know that I couldn’t come over any more. “What?” he said. “Just transfer some money!”
Humanity is likely to deal successfully with the climate crisis, but it needs to believe that it can.
The anti-corruption cause is imperative – and it invites us to imagine the recasting of progressive politics.
Your weekly dose of gossip from around Westminster.
After realising our ancestors would never have chosen to work out, the evolutionary biologist wrote “an anti-bullshit book” on health and exercise.
The Tories’ proposed elevation of Paul Dacre and Charles Moore is audacious but don’t expect a fight from the BBC hierarchy.
The pandemic has accelerated the fragmentation of the United Kingdom and made a second Scottish independence referendum inevitable.
Boris Johnson has named his aide as one of the five women who have had the most influence on his life. But who is she and how has she attained such power?
How the composer infiltrated every corner of culture, from Hollywood and literature to architecture and philosophy.
The New Statesman’s recommendations for the best new reads to enjoy as the nights draw in.
Full of enraging ancedotes of the rich and powerful, Diary of an MP’s Wife shows how the Cameroons treated public office like a luxury holiday villa.
A new poem by John Kinsella.
There is a great, third kingdom of life lying hidden at our feet – that of the fungi.
How extreme attitudes have escaped from the online manosphere and infected society.
The author of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell returns with this remarkable novel.
In the only landscapes he painted, the Romantic artist was unable to hide his many troubles.
Viewers may find Bill Murray less charming than the film does in this breezy father-daughter caper.
The docudrama’s exploration of the “honour killing” of Mahmod was deftly, delicately done.
BBC Radio 4’s I Was Georgia O’Keeffe’s Five Year Companion was a short but vivid look at life with the 90-something American artist.
Mullan's The Artful Dickens, Robinson's Jack, Strangio's In the Dragon's Shadow, and James's The Fire of Joy.
Eating lots of diverse plants is one way to support the immune system, but there is no magic bullet to protect us against infection.
“Ikea,” says everyone, but I'm not wild about making my own furniture. Call me old-fashioned, but isn’t that someone else’s job?
As my youngest leaves for university, I realise the effect Covid-19 has had on family life: both separation and togetherness have become difficult.
There may be no cheering crowds – but the game is still as reckless, relentless and eccentric as ever.
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The author talks Fleabag, Leonard Cohen, and the US president.
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