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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 biggest achievement of the Duke’s life is that he leaves the British monarchy looking considerably more secure than he found it.
On the political economy of an unusually competitive German federal election
Everyone said we shouldn’t be too hard on ourselves during lockdown, so I’m being philosophical about the non-appearance of an idea for my next novel.
The late MP stood and spoke for three causes on which time has drawn a veil: Labour and the economy, education, and the SDP.
WeWork claimed to be about bringing an increasingly alienated population together. But we don’t need to unite through our work, do we?
In an age of diminishing deference to the royal family, it was wrong for broadcasters to exclude all other stories.
Your weekly dose of gossip from around Wesminster.
The former French ambassador to the UK discusses her career and why all politicians should avoid referendums.
As a politician, Shirley Williams was a trailblazer, engaging and popular with the public; if only her SDP co-founders, and Williams herself, had recognised that.
Why the humiliation of the former prime minister is a fitting end to an era of politics that turned the state into a business.
On the 100th anniversary of the state they helped create, Ulster unionists are in thrall to a sense of doom. Will the constitutional experiment soon be over?
While there is relative calm in Tripoli, in Benghazi a tumultuous and bloody reordering is taking place.
How Paul Kagame’s Rwandan regime wooed the global elite.
What is most disturbing in Blake Bailey’s biography is not Roth’s behaviour, but his biographer’s apparently unthinking alignment with it.
Philip Hoare explores how the artist’s obsession with science, magic and self-promotion paved the way for our existential age.
A new book by the son of the US president is powerful on the personal – but weak on politics.
The former central banker aims his observations on the climate crisis at the people with the power and money to make a difference. Can we expect them to listen?
The shared moral project of the next decade will be restoring the link between labour, community and a meaningful life.
A new poem by Mark Granier.
Thorn’s paean to her friend Lindy Morrison is much more than the dynamic of a personal relationship.
This detailed exploration of life at Eton slips along so gracefully that I spent the last few chapters in a state of horror that the book didn’t have much longer to run.
Our writers review My Phantoms by Riley, The Committed by Nguyen, The Musical Human by Spitzer and Identity, Ignorance, Innovation by d’Ancona.
Nicole Holofcener’s 2013 romantic comedy captures Gandolfini’s spirit and irrepressible charm.
Despite bland presenters and judges, jewellery-making is a balm even the tiredest format cannot quite ruin.
Episodes can be heavy in subject matter or dovetail with broader topical issues – the Windrush scandal, Brexit and Covid-19 – but they never opt for the obvious approach.
I am convinced the primula is the spring flower of my affections, but be warned: it requires constant attention.
Everyone I know has an opinion on why I have got eczema, and it is that I am stressed – an assumption I find somewhat stressful.
After a year of longing for a return to “normality”, I find I don’t want it after all – at least, not this part of it.
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.
Spurs are a middling club doomed to end up middling – now made worse by a muddling, meddling manager. But I have been here before.
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The anthropologist on his admiration for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Channel 4 News’s Jon Snow, and a traumatic childhood memory.
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