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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.
The hatred between Salmond and Sturgeon has Shakespearean depths, and beyond their personal struggle the unity of the kingdom is at stake.
The names we give to roads, schools and buildings are important – and nowhere is this more apparent than in John Cass’s east London.
The idea is that you can swelter in a log-fired cabin and then dive into the freezing sea. Something to look forward to.
At one time most Germans agreed with Covid rules, but after a long winter everyone is fed up of acting responsibly.
The Labour Party has never much liked being led, and in his best moments so far Starmer has threatened rather than sought party unity.
Why Boris Johnson’s insistence that the UK’s unlocking is “irreversible” is a risky one.
What a new book, written by a neuroscientist and heroin user, gets wrong about drug decriminalisation.
China’s new industrial strategy has proved as much of a shock to British politics as Brexit and the triumph of the SNP.
This year marks the 300th anniversary of the office of prime minister, so it’s probably about time we asked: is the post fit for purpose?
We should start owning our reading and asking more serious questions about what place literary education has in our collective life today.
Your weekly dose of gossip from around Wesminster.
The children’s author on surviving Covid and the “chaos and contradiction” of the Conservative government’s pandemic crisis.
Why so many of us are struggling to imagine a return to the pre-coronavirus routine, and fear life after lockdown.
By peddling the politics of grievance and waging tedious culture wars, the right has retreated into a realm of fantasy.
This time last year I went for a very ordinary walk, unaware of the disruption, trauma and solitude that was to come.
Following a tough winter in lockdown, in January the nation treated itself to a new political psychodrama.
Often heralded as the best decade ever, the 1990s brought dark warnings about the future – and many have come to pass.
When the pandemic hit I was hurled from the life of a metropolitan millennial cliché to caring for two little girls in rural Oxfordshire.
How the pandemic is transforming our relationship with work, leisure and care.
How a movement of people who hear voices is reshaping our understanding of mental illness – and consciousness itself.
Richard Mabey’s powers of noticing made him the godfather of “the new nature writing”. At 80, he reflects on depression, class and why the natural world does not exist to make us well
In the 1930s, the creator of Maigret travelled the world as a journalist. His photographs reveal an artistic sensibility captivated by the camera’s ability to stop time.
Could a better understanding of how society affects sickness and the brain help us solve medical mysteries?
A survivor of the Somme, the man who invented Winnie-the-Pooh wrangled with his conscience in his non-fiction – trying to square his love of his country with his hatred of war.
Seldon's The Impossible Office?, Warner's Inventory of a Life Mislaid, Nolan's Acts of Desperation and Shukla's Brown Baby.
The novel veers between jet-setting farce and musings on recent issues of Current Biology.
A new poem by Matt Howard.
Featuring remote islands and even more remote parents.
Her sly, rich novels do not seem tailor-made for cinema – but 100 years after her birth, Highsmith’s compelling characters are indelible on screen.
A new HBO documentary about Tina Turner shows how her victimhood became a commodity.
The young artist’s nights of dissipation were at odds with the sunny fecundity of his landscapes.
Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan star as windswept lovers in a movie that is more than just “Portrait of a Lady with Fossils”.
Watching the new series has made me wonder if I need to up my intake of vitamin D or something.
Phil Tinline digs through history, journalism, fiction and film to try to understand why the idea of being “in on” secret information is so compelling.
As I propped the hut door ajar so that my winter visitor could escape, I experienced a slight twinge of concern. What would it do out there, far from its nearest bush?
Like many public figures these days, Burchill’s schtick is to say what she claims is unsayable, and get paid handsomely for doing so.
Go-Betweens drummer Lindy Morrison endured the trials of being a woman in the music business in the 1980s, and her story should be told.
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