The New Statesman delivered an eclectic mix of in-depth coverage throughout 2018, covering everything from the evolution of the Corbyn project to an in-depth look at our guts. Here’s a selection of some of the New Statesman’s top long reads over the last year.
From housing to Brexit to wages, the fault lines underlying Britain in 2018 seem more numerous than ever. Underpinning it all is a yawning gap between the experiences and expectations of those born in the years after the Second World War, and the lives of those entering adulthood in the 21st century. George Eaton explores the factors and circumstances that has pitted the UK’s generations against each other.
Arguments over the Labour Party’s handling of anti-Semitism dominated much of the summer. Here, novelist Howard Jacobson examines the wider context in which hatred of Jews lives on long after the Holocaust, and how honouring the past requires us to challenge prejudice in the present.
Historian and broadcaster Mary Beard unearths what the art of the Romans and Greeks tells us about how they lived, died and loved.
Despite its status as the UK’s richest city, London has steadily become a Labour stronghold. In 2017 it came out strongly for the party’s most radical leader in a generation with even leafy Kensington retuning a Labour MP. George Eaton lays out shifts that have turned the nation’s capital away from the Tories.
Under the rule of the Kim dynasty, North Korea has remained both one of the world’s most closed societies and a constant concern for the rest of the world. Gavin Jacobson charts how one family has maintained an iron grip from the end of the Korean War to the present day.
Anthony Loyd recounts his meeting with Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, the Isis executioners who were part of the infamous “Beatles” who murdered journalist James Foley and others.
Advertising has transformed from the creative industry lionised in Mad Men into a data-driven business tailored by algorithms and delivered over the web. Ian Leslie unpicks its implications not just for consumers, but democracy itself.
In 1971 Jeremy Seabrook recorded a series of programmes for the BBC about Blackburn and its place at the forefront of deindustrialisation. Fifty years later he returns to find a city still struggling to adapt to wide-ranging economic and cultural change.
Psychologist Laurie Santos has designed an experimental new course on how to be happy for students at Yale University. Sophie McBain asks, can you really learn how to feel better?
Jason Cowley explores how a summer of footballing success helped reawaken a sense of progressive English nationalism that had long lain dormant.
The forces pulling Europe apart are bigger than Brexit, with liberalism’s defenders in the west and north of the union increasingly pitted against more authoritarian forces in its south and east. Timothy Lees lays out the central challenge threatening unity on the continent.
A combination of political divides, public disillusionment, and digital platforms has poisoned discourse, turning important debates into vicious and often personal attacks. Helen Lewis looks at how we got here, and what, if anything, we can do about it.
100 years after the end of World War One, David Reynolds asks how the 20th century might have been different if Armistice Day had come in 1919.
In the 2018 New Statesman/Goldsmiths Prize lecture, Elif Shafak explains why – in a world ruled by fear and division – novelists no longer have the luxury of being apolitical.
George Eaton charts the evolution of Labour’s policy programme from the social democratic traditions under which it fought the 2017 general election to a new, more radical and forward thinking platform.
Naomi Alderman explores the visceral relationship between our digestive systems and our minds.
The wrangling over Theresa May’s Brexit deal continues but the hopes of its free market backers are increasingly receding. George Eaton details how their plans to impose a new economic model on the turned to dust.
Will Dunn meets the dedicated band of amateurs pursuing the dream of nuclear fusion.