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New Statesman - 4 days ago

Peter Wilby’s First Thoughts column.  Tabloid values: BBC news crew stand in front of the Charters Estate, where Cliff Richard owns a flat, 14 August. Photo: Getty I first noticed the BBC’s embrace of tabloid values in July 1992, when the corporation’s main evening bulletin led with the murder of Rachel Nickell on Wimbledon Common. The blood-soaked body of a young, blonde mother found on a summer...

New Statesman - 4 days ago

Andrew Lomas is new to the borough of Kensington and Chelsea as a Labour councillor. Here he tells us some truths about the area and its history, as he cleans up after Notting Hill Carnival. If you’re suffering from a post-Carnival hangover, spare a thought for local residents. Photo: Getty I came, I saw, I carnivalled August Bank Holiday can only mean one thing in this neck of the woods: C-A-R-N-I-V-A-L!...

New Statesman - 4 days ago

As slavery all over the world is more prolific and lucrative than ever, a new British abolitionist movement is beginning. Just like 200 years ago, however, it is encountering “dark forces” at the top. Anti-slavery campaigners outside parliament. Photo: Getty The 35 Afghans found in a shipping container on Tilbury Docks this month will provide ample grist for the government’s "Slavery Is Closer Than...

New Statesman - 4 days ago

Farage needs to explain why he could prevent the referendum he has always wanted.  Nigel Farage, pictured during the Newark by-election. Photograph: Getty Images. Ukip may no longer be a single-issue party, but it still has a defining cause: the withdrawal of Britain from the European Union. Twenty years after it was founded, David Cameron finally gave the party what it wanted last year: a promise...

New Statesman - 4 days ago

Is the increasing amount of time our MPs spend sending tweets impinging on their more traditional engagement with voters, and each other? MPs have spent over 2774 hours on Twitter in the past year. Photo: Getty Typing 140 characters or fewer into a smartphone is now one of the most prominent political weapons in the otherwise often rusty and dusty armoury of our MPs and peers. Before, all they had...

New Statesman - 4 days ago

The PM is not alone in failing to articulate a clear set of principles for this new era.  David Cameron during a press conference at the Foreign Office on June 17, 2014. Photograph: Getty Images. During his recent lecture in London, Tony Blair recalled his time in office and declared with pride: “We led in the world.” The remark was derided by those unable to view the former prime minister as anything...

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