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17 June 2010updated 27 Sep 2015 2:18am

In this week’s New Statesman: The new age of ideas

The truth about the Milibands | Gove’s Thatcherite agenda | The World Cup and women.

By George Eaton

This week's cover

More than 200 years on from the original, it might just be time for a 21st-century enlightenment and in this week’s cover story, Matthew Taylor, head of the Royal Society of Arts, outlines the new political and social ideas that will define our future.

Elsewhere, as the Labour leadership race warms up, James Macintyre uncovers the truth about the fascinating duel between David and Ed Miliband. And online, don’t miss our essential guide to where the candidates stand on the key political issues.

In this week’s politics column, Mehdi Hasan takes Michael Gove to task over his education reforms and warns that they will widen, not narrow, the gulf between the rich and the poor. Also look out for Alice Miles on why the World Cup is good for the family, Kevin Maguire’s Westminster diary, and our complete guide to the deficit, national debt and the coming cuts.

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