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3 March 2011

In this week’s New Statesman: the great property swindle

Jonathan Powell: Rumsfeld's dangerous arrogance | Laurie Penny on John Galliano | Natasha Walter: th

By George Eaton


In this week’s New Statesman, Kevin Cahill explores why our houses are the smallest and most expensive in Europe. In a special investigation, he demolishes the myth that land is scarce and Britain, and reveals how landowners are paid to keep it off the market.

Elsewhere, Mehdi Hasan explains what Ed Miliband can learn from Ronald Reagan, David Blanchflower looks at the economics of natural disasters, Alice Miles asks if we should be obliged to rescue British “citizens” in Libya, and Alex Preston explains why Qatar has its sights on Britain’s banks.

Also this week, Slavoj Žižek says a binational state remains the simplest solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Sophie Elmhirst explores the fate of Bradley Manning, the 23-year-old accused of leaking US secrets to WikiLeaks, Tony Blair’s former chief of staff, Jonathan Powell, reviews Donald Rumsfeld’s “mean-spirited” memoir, and novelist Natasha Walter looks at the plight of women who seek refuge in Britain.

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All this, plus Rachel Cooke’s take on Jamie’s Dream School, Kevin Maguire’s Commons Confidential, and Laurie Penny on why the problem with racism and sexism in fashion goes far beyond John Galliano.