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31 December 2016

Best of the NS: Politics

Our best pieces from the past year. In this selection, our favourite writing on politics.

By New Statesman

A nervous breakdown in the body politic

By Rowan Williams

Are we too complacent in thinking that the toxic brew of paranoia and populism that brought Hitler to power will never be repeated?

I want my country back

By Laurie Penny

This was never a referendum on the EU. It was a referendum on the modern world.

The Brexit odd squad

By Stephen Bush

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The Brexiters are resilient and have the support of some unlikely foreign allies. Can they really topple the political establishment and lead Britain out of the European Union?

The dark shadow

By Amartya Sen

The Brexit proposal springs from panic and would certainly be terrible news for Britain’s economy – but it carries a threat even greater than that.

The fall of Labour’s golden generation

By Jason Cowley

Blair and Brown’s young advisors were intelligent, metropolitan, and destined for power. What went wrong for the party’s best and brightest?

New Times: Why the left needs to move forward, not back

By David Miliband

The former foreign secretary explains why credible values are the bedrock of radicalism – and why not everyone who disagrees with Corbyn is a closet Tory

New Times: It’s time for Labour to abolish its crisis

By Philip Collins

The three aspects of Labour’s disaster – doctrine, history and sense of purpose – add up to a fourth, which is existential. The party needs a new leader, now.

The English Revolt

By Robert Tombs

Brexit, Euroscepticism and the future of the United Kingdom.

How Jeremy Corbyn won the Labour leadership election

By George Eaton

The revolt against the leader transformed him from an incumbent back into an insurgent. 

New Times: Meet the people who need a Labour government most

By Ros Wynne-Jones

I wish those people who talk about a “long game” would realise that every second the Tory government remains in power, there are children’s lives that are colder and hungrier.