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Peter Wilby was editor of the Independent on Sunday from 1995 to 1996 and of the New Statesman from 1998 to 2005. He writes the weekly First Thoughts column for the NS.
Professions that once required basic qualifications to enter now demand ever higher levels of education without ever stopping to ask how a degree helps anyone become better at their jobs.
If Lula or somebody similar from the left were in power, we think, all would be well. Alas, the world isn’t so simple.
Sometimes it’s helpful to have a rabble-rousing journalist as prime minister.
Parliament has virtually no say over international trade deals. Ministers can conduct negotiations in secret and sign agreements without even informing MPs.
The new Prime Minister has become part of a tradition that is more often the preserve of Labour leaders – that of favouring their middle name
The furore about the British ambassador's leaked cables on the Trump administration ignored the exposure of a deeper, more enduring truth about UK foreign policy.
Stalwarts of the right sensed a conspiracy by the "smug, self-regarding" London Remainer elite after Jeremy Corbyn's health was called into question.
The formal trips are not supposed to signal approval of the Queen’s guests.
Rupert Murdoch’s Times is now a far better paper than the Telegraph, which is heavily slanted towards the pro-Brexit brand of hard Toryism.
After a fierce dynastic struggle, Lachlan has emerged as the heir apparent to the 88-year-old Rupert Murdoch’s diminished but still powerful media empire.