David Cameron has arrived in Afghanistan today on his first visit to the country since becoming Prime Minister, but in this week’s cover story William Dalrymple warns that the Americans and British are entangled in a disastrous war in the “graveyard of empires”.
Last night we hosted the first public Labour leadership debate. You can find full coverage of the event here, including a selection of the best pictures from the night and James Macintyre’s analysis.
Back in the magazine, in the Politics Column, Mehdi Hasan punctures the debt delusion and says that it would be disastrous for the coalition to emulate Canada’s mid-1990s spending cuts.
In economics, David Blanchflower makes the case for higher university fees and Alice Miles warns that the government’s welfare reforms will hit the poorest hardest. Elsewhere, ahead of this weekend’s Compass conference, Neal Lawson explains why Labour must leave tribalism behind once and for all.
Also don’t miss Cherie Blair’s review of Laura Bush‘s new memoir, Sophie Elmhirst’s interview with Colin Firth and Will Self‘s take on gastropubs.
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