In this week’s New Statesman we report on the rise of the far right and look at how a violent, racist ideology is creeping closer to the mainstream. Inside, Daniel Trilling says that we must act to defeat the fascists of the 21st century, and Andreas Malm warns that false claims about Muslims are fuelling Islamophobia in Europe. Elsewhere, Simon Reid-Henry reports on the mood in Norway and says that the country’s response to extremism is an example to the rest of the world.
Also this week, Maurice Glasman apologises for his comments on immigration and insists that Blue Labour can survive, George Eaton reveals that despite Cameron’s pledge to protect Sure Start, 27 centres have been closed down since the general election, Rafael Behr laments the coalition’s dangerous lack of insight, and David Blanchflower reviews a very bad week for George Osborne.
Finally, Xan Rice remembers his last visit to the runined city of Mogadishu, Helen Lewis-Hasteley meets the River Café chef Ruth Rogers, and Laurie Penny says that Amy Winehouse never let us down.