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29 December 2016

Best of the NS: Interviews and profiles

Our best pieces from the past year. In this selection, our favourite interviews and profiles.

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The thin controller

By Peter Wilby

How Seumas Milne – a Winchester-educated Guardian left-winger – became Jeremy Corbyn’s spin doctor and one of the most powerfully divisive figures in the Labour Party.

The lost magic of England

By Jason Cowley

The great conservative journalist Peregrine Worsthorne reflects on a long life at the heart of the establishment.

Ken Clarke: Theresa May has “no idea” what to do about Brexit

By Anoosh Chakelian

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According to the former Chancellor, “nobody in the government has the first idea of what they’re going to do next”.

 

Jeremy Corbyn: The last comrade

By Jason Cowley

On a visit to Prague, Jeremy Corbyn opens up on Donald Trump, Russian war crimes, Brexit woes, anti-Semitism and the promised socialist transformation.

 

The Great Huckster: Boris Johnson’s reckless distortions of history

By Brendan Simms

As a scholar of Churchill, Boris Johnson could have articulated a constructive vision for Britain and Europe. Instead, he wilfully manipulates and distorts the historical record.

Michael Sandel: “The energy of the Brexiteers and Trump is born of the failure of elites”

By Jason Cowley

The political philosopher on markets, morality and globalisation.

Arron Banks: the man who bought Brexit

By Martin Fletcher

He gave £1m to Ukip and spent £7.5m on the Leave campaign. He is friendly with Trump, hates Cameron and admires Putin – now he has Labour voters in his sights.

Is it Ruth Davidson’s destiny to save the Union?

By Ian Leslie

Ruth Davidson is a Christian, gay, kick-boxing army reservist who made a passionate case for the EU and has transformed the fortunes of the Tories in Scotland.

The pugilist: Sadiq Khan’s quest to become mayor of London

By George Eaton

How the Tooting MP completed the journey from council home to City Hall.

Tony Blair’s unfinished business

By Jason Cowley

The former prime minister on Trump, Brexit, Corbyn and his return to public life in an attempt to revive “the progressive centre”. Will anyone listen?