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20 January 2011

In this week’s New Statesman: State of emergency

Front-line workers speak out | Mehdi Hasan: Don’t blame Blair alone | Laurie Penny: Disrupt the roya

By George Eaton


In this week’s New Statesman, six front-line workers speak out about what the coalition’s cuts mean for them. One of them is Peter Hyman, a No 10 strategist (for Tony Blair) turned deputy head teacher, who warns that “Gove’s English Baccalaureate has the potential to send Britain’s education system back 50 years.”

Elsewhere, Mehdi Hasan says it’s wrong to pin the blame for Iraq on Blair alone, Laurie Penny urges us to disrupt the royal wedding and David Owen says the Lib Dems must oppose the Tories’ NHS reforms if they are to remain the “the heirs of Beveridge”.

Also this week, David Blanchflower and Robert Skidelsky respond to Vince Cable and argue that the Business Secretary can’t claim Keynes for the coalition, Vernon Bogdanor says the coalition is held together by fear and the comedian Robin Ince says we must fight library closures.

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All this, plus Hari Kunzru on when student protests go bad, Roy Hattersley on why he stayed with Labour in the 1980s and Ryan Gilbey‘s take on Black Swan.