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8 September 2011

In this week’s New Statesman: Cameron vs the shires

Danny Alexander interview | Trade union guide and Len McCluskey | David Blanchflower's Bank of Engla

By Alice Gribbin

 

In this week’s New Statesman, senior Liberal Democrat Danny Alexander, in an interview with Rafael Behr, calls on Britain to redouble its effort to support the eurozone, and warns Conservatives not to exploit the crisis in order to weaken EU ties. The Chief Secretary to the Treasury also speaks of tax cuts, his relationship with George Osborne, and being described as a “ginger rodent”.

Elsewhere, NS economics editor David Blanchflower proposes a credit easing plan for the MPC to kick-start the economy. As part of the magazine’s annual Trade Union Guide — ahead of the 12 September Trades Union Congress — Mehdi Hasan meets Unite’s Len McCluskey to discuss strikes, the riots and Labour. William Cash reports on the Tories’ war on their core voters, Mehdi Hasan asks where all the anger over bankers has gone and actress Anna Friel talks about ageism and motherhood.

All this, plus a critics theatre special feauring commentary by playwright David Edgar, an autumn stage round-up by Andrew Billen and profile on Mark Rylance, the British actor winning over Broadway.

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