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Philip Green’s humbling should mark the end of an era of corporate recklessness – but for now, it has merely intensified the economic crisis facing British workers.
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.
Seen one way, the Labour leader has acted decisively and with principle. Seen another, he has reacted hastily to events without knowing what the endgame is.
In rejecting the League of Nations, the US turned away from the world – but the president-elect could change that.
Does Rupert Murdoch tell his editors what to write? Did the late Robert Fisk make things up? Is objectivity better than subjectivity? So many questions...
The best position on Brexit after this week is not that it was right or wrong but that it was yesterday.
The government’s “build back better” narrative renders the pandemic an opportunity – but ignores the fact that prior to Covid-19, something was already amiss in the world economy.
At a retreat centre that was once Buddhist, I realise the human yearning for religion can take us to strange places.
The creation of the Scottish parliament precipitated the collapse of more radical forms of territorial dissent, while failing to address the problems driving them.
Your weekly dose of gossip from around Westminster.
The British author discusses the long shadow of the Norman Conquest – and how England never recovered from it.
A courtroom drama about the meaning of lies – and “inaccuracies” on Netflix.
The mogul’s retail empire has crumbled. Is it all his fault?
Why was the UK hit harder than any other G7 economy? And what does the pandemic mean for its future model?
In Milan, we were told defeating Covid-19 depended on following the rules. Amid a second wave and further tough restrictions, Italy’s faith is being tested.
The Nazi dictator’s death in 1945 is well evidenced, but reports of his survival and escape to Argentina continue to seduce many in the social media age.
Consumer demand is unlikely to die along with the 17 million mink culled in Denmark over coronavirus fears. Can anything stop the iniquitous fur trade?
Beneath the guitarist's flamboyant virtuosity lay a life scarred by childhood neglect and depression.
A new poem by Paul Bailey.
Andrew Marr's Elizabethans is a history of the British national spirit from 1953 to the present day.
Boyd’s Trio, Nir’s Horse Crazy, Lafarge’s Life Without Air, and Asylum for Sale edited by McGuirk and Pine.
Obama is too comfortable in his own skin to make a revelatory biographer.
Tuberculosis led to the rise of modernist public architecture. What will our cities look like after Covid-19?
To depict the elements properly, Eardley immersed herself in them.
This Kristen Stewart-Mackenzie Davis romcom asks “What if Meet the Parents had been 90 per cent gayer?”
I know some people find this sort of thing, rope initials and all, comforting. But it doesn’t soothe me.
A new podcast from the Australian Broadcasting Company begins with a very simple premise: throughout the history of the British empire, soldiers stole an awful lot of stuff.
Now more than ever, we should learn from our prehistoric ancestors’ reverence for the Earth.
The Green Dragon! The years roll away with a crash, and suddenly it’s 1984 again, and I’m getting pickled.
For the first time, the Oxford English Dictionary chose not to pick a Word of the Year – but Covid-19 has certainly left its mark on our language.
My mentor, Peter Tate, dedicated his career to changing the poor culture of communication in medicine in the 1970s.
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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The publisher discusses the leaders of the French Revolution, watching Call My Agent and reading Charles Dickens.
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