UK politics in 2018 managed to deliver radical activity at the party level and virtually no progress in the biggest issue facing the country – Brexit. Through it all, the New Statesman team were here to act as your guide. Below is just a small selection of our political coverage from the last 12 months.
The rise of Jeremy Corbyn has left large swathes of the parliamentary Labour party out in the cold. With divisions over Europe, anti-Semitism and much more, Stephen Bush tackled the question on everyone’s mind, is Britain’s main left wing party set to break apart?
One the centenary of women winning the right to vote, Helen Lewis looks at how far things have come for women’s representation in Westminster, and how far there still is to go.
While in Westminster Corbyn faced hostility from both the press and sections of his own party, at events over the summer he found in more welcoming crowd in places such as Mansfield and Stoke-on-Trent. Patrick Maguire trailed the leader’s road trip to see the other side of Corbyn’s two worlds.
In April, Unite Secretary General Len McClusky chose the pages of the New Statesman to deliver a message to Labour MPs – get behind Corbyn or face the consequences.
Once reviled as the man who lost to David Cameron in 2015, Ed Miliband has seen a return to the public eye in a new, sassy, internet-friendly incarnation. But while online the public have lapped up his renaissance, Annosh Chaeklian was more sceptical of the very British trend of fetishising politicians when they move on from power.
While one of the great successes of the modern Labour party has been a huge expansion of its membership, particularly among the young, the Conservative Party has seen its paid-up supporters dwindle to a small rump of mostly older backers. And as Anoosh Chakelian reported, it will take a lot more than clever use of social media to reverse the trend.
As Conservative infighting over Brexit continued, Stephen Bush provided his regular and urgent reminder that what is at stake is much more than the future of the party or even who becomes prime minister. The Tory psychodrama could easily lead the UK off the cliff edge of leading an unprepared UK out of the EU without a deal.
Austerity has defined British politics in one way or another since the financial crash over a decade ago. But with promises of an end to belt-tightening remaining unfulfilled, and a visibly fraying public realm even the Conservatives have begun a retreat from their defining stance. George Eaton examines how their supposedly unavoidable project bit the dust.
From anti-Semitism to zero Brexit progress, Anoosh Chakelian and Helen Lewis bring you the New Statesman’s roundup of 2018.