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Under the former cabinet minister, the Department of Health became a den of rampant nepotism.
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.
By the autumn, the questions of debt and public spending will return and the new Health Secretary's true allegiance will be laid bare.
It's unfair for the world to blame the nation's football players for the homophobic actions of their government.
When I called Hancock I told him that we had the story and that I was running it because the public interest was so strong.
It is the left who are especially sensitive to perceived betrayal, and it is therefore left-leaning people who are most often cast out as traitors.
Unpaid internships and an increasingly London-centric industry are preventing people from lower-income backgrounds from entering the arts. I want to change that.
The tournament, now reaching its climax, has shown Europe as divided and rancorous.
How political fragmentation and the rise of the far right transformed Sweden’s cosy politics.
Your weekly dose of gossip from around Westminster.
The former Danish prime minister and co-chair of the Facebook Oversight Board on whether she can hold the social media giant to account.
Matt Hancock's resignation has set a precedent: even Boris Johnson may now struggle to bluff his way through allegations of hypocrisy.
Rejuvenated by leaving Westminster, the mayor believes he has what it takes to be leader of the moribund Labour Party. So will it be third time lucky for him?
A new US military report into UFO sightings presents compelling evidence. But of what kind of life form, if any?
The Covid-19 crisis has created a remarkable opportunity for economic overhaul – and to reduce inequality
“Targeted killing” is as old as mankind, but such murders rarely achieve their ends or change the course of history.
A new poem by Josephine Balmer.
Shape by Jordan Ellenberg, The Triumph of Nancy Reagan by Karen Tumulty, Heaven by Mieko Kawakami and How Iceland Changed the World by Egill Bjarnason
Mizumura’s second book An I-Novel is “not just a how-I-became-a-writer story; it is also a how-I-became-a-Japanese writer story”.
How three plant-derived drugs – caffeine, opium and mescaline – shape society
How the songwriter’s duplicitous behaviour and his visionary music were bound together
A flop on its release 70 years ago, the film is a magnificent takedown of the shameless voyeurism that fuels tabloid news
The botanical artist’s “unnatural and distressing” interest in insects led to wonderfully detailed – and radical – illustrations.
“We wanted to examine and salute alcohol’s ability to set people free,” says Vinterberg. To celebrate it, even.
This documentary has cast an unlikely spell on me, someone who hitherto has always proved resistant to Ernest’s manly attractions.
In this instalment of BBC Radio 3’s The Essay, the comedian delivers a series of anecdotes of his childhood and young adulthood with characteristic charm.
Although options now range from cassava to ox tongue, most Brits still stick to the basics.
At the end of their degrees, my son and his friends are at a loose end, and he's keen for me, an old wreck, to meet them.
I was primed to dislike the Stones – but eventually I realised it wasn't them, it was me.
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.
Relying on testing to ensure care home safety is imperfect, but making vaccines compulsory will come at a cost.
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The Weakest Link and Countdown presenter discusses her Irish family, Margaret Thatcher and her earlier career as a newspaper journalist.
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