This week’s New Statesman was guest-edited by Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams.
Dr Williams used the leader to launch a remarkable attack on the coalition government, warning that it is committing the country to “radical, long-term policies for which no one voted”. He also discussed Libya, torture and Britain’s declining role in the world with Foreign Secretary William Hague.
Dr Williams commissioned a wide range of essays, articles and reports in conjunction with New Statesman editors for the 80-page special issue, including articles by Philip Pullman on being a “Church of England atheist”, Iain Duncan Smith on cracking down on welfare abuse, Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks on why religion can build a better society than the so-called “big society”, Gordon Brown on how the world is failing young people and Richard Curtis on malaria being commissioned by an Archbishop.
Elsewhere in the magazine, Rafael Behr discusses the Lib Dem plan to “retoxify” the Tories, Mehdi Hasan on Sharia law, and Victoria Coren wonders whether or not playing poker is a sin.