Support 100 years of independent journalism.

  1. Politics
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

A

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.

Sign up for The New Statesman’s newsletters Tick the boxes of the newsletters you would like to receive. Quick and essential guide to domestic and global politics from the New Statesman's politics team. The best of the New Statesman, delivered to your inbox every weekday morning. The New Statesman’s global affairs newsletter, every Monday and Friday. A handy, three-minute glance at the week ahead in companies, markets, regulation and investment, landing in your inbox every Monday morning. Our weekly culture newsletter – from books and art to pop culture and memes – sent every Friday. A weekly round-up of some of the best articles featured in the most recent issue of the New Statesman, sent each Saturday. A weekly dig into the New Statesman’s archive of over 100 years of stellar and influential journalism, sent each Wednesday. Sign up to receive information regarding NS events, subscription offers & product updates.
I consent to New Statesman Media Group collecting my details provided via this form in accordance with the Privacy Policy

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.