Jason Cowley is editor of the New Statesman. He has been the editor of Granta, a senior editor at the Observer and a staff writer at the Times.
I started just as Obama became president of the US and thought I was just passing through, on my way to the next challenge.
The Oxford University professor and author of The Future of Capitalism on how to heal deep rifts in society.
It was poignant sitting opposite the man whose ambition it had been to remake capitalism for an age of austerity.
From Marxist ideologue to shadow chancellor, Corbyn’s intellectual guru and closest ally has long been reviled. But now that power is in sight – and faced with a possible Labour split – his passion is turning to pragmatism.
A cold-eyed scourge of liberal pieties, the author had a gift for seeing, for noticing.
Not since Conrad had a novelist so completely absorbed himself in the shifting complexities of his age, or written more sharply about the dark places of the world.
Johnson’ bluster and declamatory style simply do not work in the chamber, where he shrinks just when he ought to enlarge and enrapture.
How the World Cup and Gareth Southgate’s young, diverse team reawakened a sense of progressive English nationalism.
Who are the English and what do they want? The Brexit vote has been described as an English revolt, what Orwell called a “tug from below”.
Following news that the great American author has died at the age of 85, we republish an essay by New Statesman editor Jason Cowley on the writer’s 2004 novel The Plot Against America.