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Joe Biden’s victory was rightly celebrated but the Democrats must avoid nostalgia for the age of liberal triumphalism.
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.
Agreement on defining issues matters more than the new US government’s private doubts about Johnson’s character.
The fear is that Biden’s presidency will be ineffectual from the start, and that he will be unable to steer the US out of its moral and political slump.
Last week my brain spun itself flat, like a pizza, trying to process the US election results. Now it’s just bits of dough everywhere.
Some in the party believe that the the creed should live on even as the high priest departs.
Actually, I’ve never committed to anything I couldn’t extricate myself from pretty quickly if I wished to.
Recidivist jihadi prisoners show the enduring threat of Islamic State ideas.
Your weekly dose of gossip from around Westminster.
Lauren Manning on the fear, danger and freedom of leaving the white supremacist movement.
Fox News called Arizona for Joe Biden before almost anyone else, told the president to accept defeat graciously, and cut away from a Trump campaign press conference.
Donald Trump was a symptom rather than the cause of the nation’s discontents and the forces he has unlocked are here to stay.
Donald Trump and the political movement he built were nothing more than petty despots. The noise in the streets is the kind people make when tyrants fall.
How the murder of a teacher reignited the conflict between republican secularism, religion and ardent belief in France.
The best reading of 2020, according to New Statesman friends and contributors.
M John Harrison’s masterpiece has inventiveness embedded in its very DNA.
The English novelist on the power of innovative fiction, the “sad but luminous muddle” of being alive, and his Goldsmiths-shortlisted work The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again.
Smithson’s once-submerged Utah sculpture Spiral Jetty is a richly metaphorical work.
This film follows the Texan summer camp where high school juniors learn the rudiments of governing. Plus: Romanian documentary Collective.
Gillian Anderson might be the best Thatcher ever seen on screen – but Emma Corrin steals the show as Diana.
Wedding photos are postcards from the unmapped territory of other people’s relationships.
Contrary to common guidance, there are dangers to taking cuttings of redcurrants, blackcurrants and gooseberries now.
Only Friday and Saturday nights are usually lively in the city, but the night before lockdown the air is thrilling with sirens.
As I watch the documentary Ronnie's, I am reminded of the complicated man who brought the New York jazz scene to Soho.
This column – which, though named after a line in Shakespeare's "Richard II", refers to the whole of Britain – has run in the NS since 1934.
We like our players to have inner steel, perhaps that's why Theo Walcott ended up on Everton's subs bench.
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The novelist discusses her favourite hymn, Angela Merkel and tyranny in Zimbabwe.
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