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The Covid-19 pandemic has worsened existing divides, and time is now running out to save the Union.
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.
Last week, in an unedifying spectacle, the clercs in and around the Court of Boris in Westminster were tearing one another apart as they fought their various wars of position.
The world the PM wants to reclaim is one when the UK had yet to be divided by Brexit.
At food banks, people aren’t just turning up for food, but company too.
The effects of the 2000 presidential election are still being felt, 20 years on.
The world will not come off its axis because Cummings has left his post. But, his exit could be used to the government’s advantage.
If the neonatal nurse Lucy Letby, charged with killing eight babies, is found guilty, she will attract a very particular kind of attention.
At this moment, the country’s sporting success feels more relevant to its politics than at any point in recent history.
After contracting Covid-19, Donald Trump, Boris Johnson and Jair Bolsonaro revived the ideology of state immortality.
Your weekly dose of gossip from around Westminster.
The former Financial Times editor on Brexit, learning from his father, and the crisis of liberalism.
Professional purveyors of falsehoods are now among America’s trusted lawmakers.
Many are optimistic after news of two vaccines claiming 90 per cent efficacy. But the global search for the most potent immunisation continues – and the road ahead is unclear.
The UK is set to obtain sufficient quantities to begin immunising the 20 million most vulnerable people before the end of the year, but there are logistical problems ahead.
The pandemic has brutally exposed the dysfunctional British state. Nationalism is not the solution – but big change is required. Now is the time to decide how to act.
Some might say that the Yorkshire Ripper’s death marks the closing of a chapter, but in the north of England his malign influence lives on.
How Covid-19 halted the relentless rise of the capital.
How our feline companions can teach us to exist in the world.
A new poem by Maurice Riordan.
We are drawn to the idea that we can turn our mistakes into milestones – but there are no great lessons to be learned from losing.
How the American essayist captured the left’s awakening and disillusionment through the power of talk.
O’Farrell’s remarkable novel about Shakespeare’s son is both painful and satisfying.
Baggini’s The Godless Gospel, Boland’s The Historians, McMullan’s The Last Good Man, and Woloson’s Crap.
The unconventional “tomboy” lived and painted with the animals in the open air.
Gina Prince-Bythewood’s 2000 debut film is clear-eyed and serious about female ambition and gender roles.
The performances are wonderful, especially those of the women.
Feature writer Cara McGoogan says the show investigates “one of the biggest scandals in recent British history”.
Made from the Gamay grape, these wines are fruity and delicious lightly chilled: unashamedly different from the big boys in Burgundy and the Rhône.
One of the unfortunate side-effects of the Covid-19 pandemic is we have seen, paradoxically, a lot more of the interiors of friends’ homes than before.
Transmissions takes in Factory Records, Unknown Pleasures, and Ian Curtis’s suicide, with interviews from Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Bernard Sumner and others.
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.
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