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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.
Allies of the Labour leader argue that he has waged an effective campaign to persuade key voters – but MPs are jittery.
We should not be reluctant to criticise the EU. Calling out the failures of the project is the best way to bolster it.
I don't know if the Prime Minister has read the 14th-century Declaration of Arbroath recently. If so, he may feel daunted about finding a simple solution to the national question.
If he does go to Ofcom, Dacre will have far less sway over the news agenda of the BBC than he used to have in his old job.
Promised online resources to “boost mental health support” are no substitute for what schools offer children: friends, exercise, purpose and safeguarding.
We can’t change how the pandemic makes us feel – but we can be honest with ourselves about those feelings.
Old memories construct our sense of self. But what if the way we remember them is being manipulated?
Your weekly dose of gossip from around Westminster.
The American writer and journalist on why a whole generation is doomed to exhaustion.
Financial markets aren't democratic, and the GameStop affair cannot be seen as another example of “the excluded” destabilising the metropolitan elite.
The celebrated LRB editor, who has stepped down after nearly 30 years in the role, became a quiet salonnière for a fading journalistic sensibility.
The EU’s multiple failures are due to a deeper malaise: its formidable immunity to the smallest amount of democracy.
Once tipped for the highest office, Gavin Williamson is floundering as Education Secretary – and young people are paying the price.
Torn between China and Russia, and haunted by the ghosts of its communist past, Kazakhstan has taken an authoritarian turn.
Psychological condition or biological disease? Three new books examine the causes and cures of an endemic mental health problem.
A new poem by Kathleen Jamie.
A new biography ventures inside the monstrous ego of the robber baron of Fleet Street.
Will the Covid-19 crisis fuel populism, or extinguish it?
Frostquake by Nicolson, Mother for Dinner by Auslander, The Happy Traitor by Kuper and Open Water by Azumah Nelson.
Kaija Saariaho’s opera, which premiered in 2006 in a staging by Peter Sellars, is now available to stream in a revised chamber opera format.
For the Italian painter, the countryside was a realm of diversion and delight.
It’s a tragedy that, at the time of its release, the film – quiet and old-fashioned in its ambitions – was eclipsed by Phoenix’s outsized star persona.
Even Alan Carr’s pleasing sarcasm can’t save it.
This is at times a hard listen, but it also has a breezy directness, and a striking lack of self-pity.
Each species has its own style; some rise high in the air and hover, scanning the ground for tell-tale signs of movement, while others twist and dart.
In normal circumstances I would have never taken up my binoculars to peer at my neighbour, but, quite frankly, I needed the excitement.
The last time I left the UK was for ten dusty days in Morocco in 2019; had I known what was to come, I would have relished even the stalls of sheep’s heads.
Top players don't often make top managers, so Ingerlanders shouldn't look to Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard next.
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The Happy Mondays percussionist discusses competing in Mastermind, Rembrandt and the chronic underfunding of the NHS.
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