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9 December 2010

In this week’s New Statesman: The Radical Jesus

Mehdi Hasan on Jesus the lefty | The new age of protest | Will Self on Greggs.

By George Eaton

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In this week’s cover story, Mehdi Hasan looks at “The Radical Jesus” and explains why the son of God was much more left-wing than the religious right likes to believe. Elsewhere, Anthony Barnett explores how today’s student protesters can succeed where their predecessors failed. Meanwhile, ahead of today’s vote on tuition fees, the president of the National Union of Students, Aaron Porter, warns that the coalition’s plans will deter poorer students from applying to university.

Also this week, Steve Richards says Ed Miliband must escape the ghost of Gordon if he is to win the next election, David Blanchflower calls for Mervyn King’s resignation as governor of the Bank of England and Laurie Penny condemns those who assume that Julian Assange’s innocence must be beyond question.

All this, plus an interview with the philosopher Mary Warnock, David Herman on the many identities of Harry Houdini, and Will Self‘s verdict on Greggs the baker.

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