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Westminster terror: Parliament hit by deadly attack

The Met Police is treating the events in Westminster as a "terrorist incident".  A terrorist attack outside Parliament in Westminster has left four dead, plus the attacker, and injured at least 40 others.  Police shot dead a man who attacked officers in front of the parliament building in ...

Theresa May's speech on the Westminster terror attack

"We will all move forward together. Never giving in to terror. And never allowing the voices of hate and evil to drive us apart."  I have just chaired a meeting of the Government's emergency committee, COBRA, following the sick and depraved terrorist attack on the streets of our Capital this ...

Leader: The divisions within Labour

Labour's divisions have rendered it unfit for government at a moment of profound political change. Labour is a party torn between its parliamentary and activist wings. Since Jeremy Corbyn, who this week appealed desperately for unity, was re-elected by a landslide last September, Labour has become ...

Martin McGuinness's long game: why a united Ireland is now increasingly likely

McGuinness died with his ultimate goal of a united Ireland arguably closer to realisation than at any other time since the island's partition in 1921. In late 2011 Martin McGuinness stood as Sinn Fein's candidate in Ireland's presidential election, raising all sorts of intriguing possibilities. ...

Westminster terror: Parliament hit by deadly attack

The Met Police is treating the events in Westminster as a "terrorist incident".  A suspected terrorist attack outside Parliament in Westminster has left at least three dead, plus the attacker, and injured at least 20 others.  Police shot a man who attacked officers in front of the parliament ...

Police shoot man in parliament

A man carrying what appeared to be a knife was shot by armed police after entering the parliamentary estate.  From the window of the parliamentary Press Gallery, I have just seen police shoot a man who charged at officers while carrying what appeared to be a knife. A large crowd was seen ...

Why we, and Theresa May, will be watching George Osborne carefully

Osborne will use the Standard as a rival power base to the May government. But can he do the job and retain his credibility as a parliamentarian? In his biography of the man who, in May, will become the new editor of the London Evening Standard while remaining as the MP for Tatton, the Financial ...

How Brexit will send flight prices soaring higher

Ever heard of the Open Skies agreement?  Ah, taking back control. Isn't it marvellous? Only a week to go before Theresa May storms up to our soon-to-be ex's lawyer and thrusts notice of divorce proceedings in the pocket of his shiny, European slim-fit suit. All sorted, yes? Probably not, but ...

Kate Mossman on extreme pop tourism: who would fly 5,000 miles for a gig?

Glen Campbell's daughter says, Dad, she's come 5,000 miles to see you!' I add, How sad is that?' I only became a journalist because I once travelled five thousand miles to see Glen Campbell do a concert, and a friend said that if I liked him that much, maybe I should write about it. I was working ...

PMQs review: Jeremy Corbyn exploits Theresa May's school troubles

The PM is facing resistance both to funding cuts and grammar schools.  After being floored by the Conservative's tax U-turn last week, Jeremy Corbyn was on stronger ground at today's PMQs. Education is an issue that unites Labour and divides the Tories and Corbyn spied a political opportunity. He ...

Meet the Syrians using education to escape the refugee camps

On the bus to university with Syrian refugees in Jordan.  The bus to Zarqa University leaves Jordan's largest refugee camp at 7am sharp. The journey is one of the day's highlights for the Syrian students who ride this route - a chance to plan weekend get-togethers, bemoan heavy course loads and ...

The New Statesman Cover | Trump's permanent revolution

A first look at this week's magazine. 24 - 30 March Trump's permanent revolution

François Fillon's woes are good news for Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron

It is too late for the¬†Republicans to replace their scandal-tainted candidate. It's that time of the week again: this week's Le Canard Encha√ģn√© has more bad news for Fran√ßois Fillon, the beleagured centre-right candidate for the French presidency. This week's allegations: that he was paid ...

Scottish independence would hit the poorest the hardest

Leaving the UK would mean huge cuts to public services Sometimes, what you don't say is more revealing that what you do say. When Nicola Sturgeon addressed SNP conference, we knew independence would be front and centre of her comments. The First Minister is a nationalist. What drove her into ...

François Fillon's woes are good news for Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron

It is too late for the¬†Republicans to replace their scandal-tainted candidate. Good morning. It's that time of the week again: this week's Le Canard Encha√ģn√© has more bad news for Fran√ßois Fillon, the beleagured centre-right candidate for the French presidency. This week's allegations: that he ...

A hatchet job on the Daily Mail: Peter Wilby reviews Mail Men

Peter Wilby on Adrian Addison's expletive-strewn history of the Daily Mail. The Ukip leader Paul Nuttall recently claimed that he was among the crowd at the Hillsborough football stadium disaster in 1989 and that he lost close personal friends there, statements which suggest, at best, a flexible ...

Solving the teaching crisis has to start with treating us like professionals

The government is a micromanaging, stingy boss to England's state educators, argues teacher Jun Bo Chan.    "Why are you a teacher, Mr Chan?" is a question I am often asked by my students. You may expect me to respond by affirming my commitment to guiding the next generation, a yearning desire to ...

SRSLY #86: Beauty and the Beast / Missing Richard Simmons / The Night Of

On the pop culture podcast this week: Disney's live action remake of Beauty and the Beast, the ethically dubious podcast Missing Richard Simmons and HBO crime drama The Night Of. This is SRSLY, the pop culture podcast from the New Statesman. Here, you can find links to all the things we talk ...

Why is the UK banning laptops on flights from the Middle East?

Critics are questioning why the security measure only applies to airlines coming from the Middle East.  The UK has just announced a ban on electronic devices in carry-on luggage on flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. The ban is effective immediately. The ...

4 ways a second Scottish independence campaign would be different

This time, Project Fear cuts both ways.  Since Brexit fundamentally alters the terms on which Scotland voted to remain part of the UK in 2014, Nicola Sturgeon is perfectly within her rights to demand a second referendum on whatever timetable the Scottish parliament decides. It was, after all, the ...

The Deep Dive podcast: Laura Kuenssberg on media bias

The BBC political editor joins Ian Leslie and Stewart Wood to interrogate the idea that the British media has a political bias. Is the media biased towards a particular political party or position? The BBC political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, joined Ian Leslie and Stewart Wood to discuss in our new ...

Why have Labour's internal battles re-erupted?

The parliamentary Labour party's vow of silence over Jeremy Corbyn's leadership took a battering last night. Here's why. After a period of silence, Labour's internal woes have erupted into noisy life once again. Yesterday's meeting of the parliamentary Labour party was the most openly antagonistic ...

Simon Amstell's mockumentary Carnage makes veganism funny ‚Äď and the obvious ethical choice

In Amstell's utopian 2067, the illegal practice of eating other animals' is called carnism': a barbaric and incomprehensible symptom of an uncivilised society. Who wants to sit and watch an entire film about veganism?' These are the words of fictional activist Troye King Jones in Simon Amstell's ...

What is Labour's "McDonnell amendment" - and why does it matter?

Labour's left is pushing for a change to the leadership election rules. What could it mean for the future of the party? Nearly two years may have passed, but the parliamentary Labour party barely need reminding how Jeremy Corbyn won a place on the 2015 leadership ballot. Moderate MPs, almost all of ...

Why I'm not worried by Mass Effect: Andromeda's bad reviews

Despite the mixed response for the latest Mass Effect, I am still excited about playing the latest in the series.  The reviews for Mass Effect: Andromeda are in and they're…mixed. Bioware's worst RPG yet,' is Eurogamer's verdict. Notoriously generous examiners IGN have given it seven marks out ...

Pupils need internet classes? Here are 41 lessons they should learn

Forget privacy and security, here's what to do when a black and blue dress looks white and gold.  It is imperative that children are taught how to survive and thrive on the internet, claims a new House of Lords report. According to the Lords Communication Committee, pupils need to learn how to stay ...

What's that nice smell? My new shirt ‚Äď or merely the absence of the old one?

Everything is threadbare right now: my collars, most of my socks, my mind, and there's a hole developing in the front of my 501s. The big news around here is that I bought four new shirts yesterday. This might not sound like big news to you but over here it most certainly is. You probably go about ...

George Galloway is standing in the Manchester Gorton by-election

The former Respect MP and cat impersonator is back.  George Galloway is to stand in the Manchester Gorton by-election, the controversial former MP announced today. Writing on Arron Banks' Westmonster website, the former Respect leader - who will run as an independent - said he was standing out of ...

Extremist ads and LGBT videos: do we want YouTube to be a censor, or not?

Is the video-sharing platform a morally irresponsible slacker for putting ads next to extremist content - or an evil, tyrannical censor for restricting access to LGBT videos? YouTube is having a bad week. The Google-owned video-sharing platform has hit the headlines twice over complaints that it 1) ...

The Boxing Day football match that got women kicked off the pitch

Performance poets Sabrina Mahfouz and Hollie McNish bring women's football - past and present - to life.  On Boxing Day in 1920, a women's football match in Liverpool attracted a crowd of 53,000, far outstripping the numbers for men's games. The following year, the Football Association banned ...

Keeping Up With the Kardashians: the one where Kim got robbed

The episode covering Kim Kardashian being robbed in Paris asked: how do you turn an almost unspeakable personal trauma into reality television?  That's it. I can't talk about it anymore,' Kris Jenner says to camera, wiping her eyes. She couldn't even talk,' Kourtney Kardashian says of her sister ...

Poem: The News Reported She Wore Her Body to the Event'

"when the sky and sun applauded her buoyancy" Amy Key's debut collection,¬†Luxe, is published by Salt. She co-edits the online journal Poems in Which.‚Äč Princeton University Art Museum.

Why I'll play as a woman in Mass Effect: Andromeda

You can be anyone you want in BioWare's series. For me, the choice is simple.  Our long national nightmare is almost over: the five-year wait for a new Mass Effect game ends on 23 March. The original Mass Effect trilogy, for the uninitiated, is a set of roleplaying videogames in which you create a ...

Martin McGuinness helped bring peace to Northern Ireland - but it's under threat

The peace the former IRA man helped achieve is under ever greater strain. Martin McGuinness has died aged 66 after months struggling with a rare heart condition. One of the titanic figures of the 20th century, his journey from paramilitary to peacemaker symbolised the wider journey of Britain and ...

The first French presidential debate shows Emmanuel Macron has a lot to learn

Could the centrist's uneven performance spell¬†the possibility of a Fran√ßois Fillon comeback? For the first debate of the campaign for the French presidential election, the five main candidates discussed domestic and international issues on live French TV last night. Fran√ßois Fillon, Beno√ģt ...

Tearing down the "caliphate": on the frontline against Islamic State in Mosul

Truck bombs and drone warfare in the fight to take back Iraq's second city from Islamic State. The battle to retake west Mosul began, for me, rattling around in an armoured Humvee with two Abaases. I'm Abaas One. He's Abaas Two,' the driver, Abaas Almsebawy, said in English with a broad smile, ...

Martin McGuinness, former militant and peacemaker, dies aged 66

Martin McGuinness, until recently Northern Ireland's deputy First Minister and an instrumental figure in the peace process, has died aged 66. McGuinness, who had been battling a rare genetic disease, triggered an election when he resigned in January over a public spending scandal.  His successor ...

An antibiotic-resistant superbug is silently spreading through UK hospitals

There have already been outbreaks in Manchester, London, Edinburgh, and Birmingham, but deaths are not centrally recorded.  Lying in a hospital bed, four months pregnant, Emily Morris felt only terror. She had caught a urinary tract infection and it was resistant to common antibiotics. Doctors ...

Hang on Theresa May, there definitely are setbacks people face because they're girls'

The PM has made feminists look weak and whining, when really we're just asking for the chance to be equal.  Theresa May has been interviewed by US Vogue and after reading it, I am making this face: During the interview, there's a bit where the writer accompanies her to a school in Maidenhead, and ...

Why you should choose your glass as carefully as the wine that goes in it

A white wine glass from Habitat reduced the bubbles almost to nothing; the ordinary flute did no harm but little good. Wine, like love, is a many-splendoured thing. Both require a vessel to contain them although, in drinking wine, very few people confuse the receptacle with its contents. Quite the ...

Predicted the death of broadcast TV? Then have I got news for you

Death by a thousand Netflix clicks? Broadcast viewing figures tell a different story.  Broadcast TV is dead. Television ratings have been declining since 1981 at the latest, and have more recently entered a terminal spiral. 1981 was when the creation of the Broadcasters Audience Research Board ...

Tom Watson: an alliance between Momentum and Unite could 'destroy' Labour

Labour's deputy leader Tom Watson has accused Momentum's Jon Lansman of attempting to seize control of the party. Momentum chief Jon Lansman and Unite's Len McCluskey are plotting to seize control of Labour and destroy' the party as an electoral force, deputy leader Tom Watson has claimed. Watson's ...

Withnail and I: 30 years on, it's the perfect film for Brexit Britain

It was set in the Sixties, made in the Eighties and claimed by the Nineties, but 30 years on Bruce Robinson's Withnail & I is a film for our times. When it opened to little fanfare 30 years ago next month, Bruce Robinson's directorial debut, Withnail and I, drew as much attention as it did ...

Surprise! Daniel Hannan's friend Douglas Carswell also has terrible opinions on British history

All's well that Carswell. Except when you argue the UK was created "organically" unlike the "elite" EU.¬† If there is a downside to having dedicated the last four months of my life to dissecting the words of Daniel Hannan MEP ‚Äď unlikely, but if ‚Äď it's that I've not had enough time to dedicate to ...

Avoiding a snap election helps Theresa May - and George Osborne, too

The political interests of Theresa May and the man she sacked as Chancellor may align, for once.  If she's said it once, she's said it a thousand times: there will not be an early election. Downing Street has once again moved to quell speculation that Theresa May will U-Turn on her pledge to see ...

Logan shows an important truth: you can be a carer and still punch people with your metal claws

The latest X-Men film shows care is a part of life, a huge part, and it shouldn't reduce your status or wither down your identity to a single label. Did you ever think you'd live to see a superhero film in which the protagonist helps an elderly man go to the loo? I have to say I didn't, which is ...

"They're turning the frogs gay": The psychology behind internet conspiracy theories

Conspiracy theories are appearing on both the political left and right.  They're turning the frogs gay. If you have ever watched a video by the internet's premier conspiracy theorist, Infowars' Alex Jones, you will know that this is an undeniable fact. Chemicals in the water are turning the frogs ...

The benefit cap may be popular - but it is plunging private renters into poverty

In half of England, a family with two children living in a modest home must survive on £8 each a day. When George Osborne first introduced the overall household benefit cap in 2013, it limited the total amount of benefits that a household working less than 16 hours per week could claim at £26,000 ...

After Article 50 is triggered, what happens next?

Theresa May says Article 50 will be triggered on 29 March. The UK must prepare for years, if not decades, of negotiating.  Back in June, when Europe woke to the news of Brexit, the response was muted. When I first emerged from my haze to go to the European Parliament there was a big sign saying 'We ...

Crowd-sourced pop singer Hatsune Miku reveals the true nature of stardom

Does it matter if a celebrity is real'? After all: all show business is myth-making. Between 1939 and 1994, Frank Sinatra released recordings of more than 1,200 songs. The Greek singer Nana Mouskouri, born in 1934 and still active as a performer, has at least 200 albums to her name, spanning ...