Corbyn: revenge of the rebel

Why Labour can win again

June 15 2017 / New Statesman

The Tories aim to take down an SNP star

​The strange rebirth of Tory Scotland

June 1 2017 / New Statesman

The rise and fall of Ukip

​Nigel Farage and the revenge of the fruitcakes

May 11 2017 / New York Times

Wanted: an Opposition

​The stench of decay and failure coming from the Labour Party is now overwhelming

March 30 2017 / New Statesman

George Osborne: the austerity editor

​The former chancellor’s new London power base

March 23 2017 / New Statesman

Into the zombie zone

​Labour watches helplessly as Theresa May consolidates power

February 24 2017 / The London Evening Standard and the New Statesman

Macron in London

The French presidency and a populist eruption from the liberal centre

February 22 2017 / New Statesman

Labour sails into the doldrums

​Plus, Trump and the end of the liberal world order

January 8 2017 / Sunday Mirror

What makes us human?

​The accumulated wisdom of past generations

December 1 2016 / New Statesman

Trump World

Donald Trump and the new nationalism sweeping the West

November 17 2016 / New Statesman

What Makes us Human?

​The dream of the good society

November 16 2016 / BBC Radio 2, The Jeremy Vine Show

Donald Trump and the age of reaction

​America in shock as Trump takes the White House

November 9 2016 / New Statesman

The New Times

​Brexit, globalisation and the future of the Left

September 22 2016 / New Statesman

A Sense of an Ending

The deepening crisis in Labour

September 11 2016 / The Mail on Sunday

The Labour wars

​Jeremy Corbyn is the symptom of the party’s critical malaise - not its cause

August 22 2016 / The Daily Telegraph

David Cameron's epic failure

​The former prime minister is one of the guilty men of Brexit

July 13 2016 / New Statesman

The steely resolve of Mrs May

​David Cameron’s doomed European wager

July 7 2016 / New Statesman

Brexit, betrayal and English football

​What Nietzsche knew

June 30 2016 / New Statesman

The New Young Fogeys

​Are we entering a period of social repair?

June 19 2016 / BBC Radio 4, Analysis

The "left behind" want out of Europe

​Labour MPs are spooked by Brexit fears

June 16 2016 / New Statesman

The rise of the New Young Fogeys

​Why millennials are the best behaved generation since the 1960s

June 9 2016 / New Statesman

The triumph of Sadiq Khan

A warning for Labour, our zombie opposition: London is not England, and England is not Britain

May 9 2016 / The Evening Standard

Letter from Stockholm

The far right rises as the Nordic welfare model is tested to breaking point

May 5 2016 / New Statesman

Jeremy Corbyn's hermit security

Corbyn might want “a world of peace” but hermit security is not an option for the UK

December 15 2015 / New Statesman

England is changing and the Labour Party desperately needs to change with it

The next Labour leader needs to watch and learn from David Cameron and George Osborne.

July 14 2015 / The Daily Telegraph

Andy Burnham: Inside the bubble

Andy Burnham thinks he’s an outsider but he’s really just another member of the “Westminster Guild”.

June 24 2015 / New Statesman

Miliband v Miliband, Big Alex at Westminster and the rise of quiet conservatism

New Statesman editor Jason Cowley gives his election post-mortem.

May 14 2015 / New Statesman

Messianic self-belief but little clue about real life: A searing verdict by the editor of the New Statesman

Ed Miliband’s defeat and resignation are a personal humiliation and a family tragedy.

May 9 2015 / The Daily Mail

Unless Westminster responds to what is happening in Scotland the Union will be doomed

The UK’s ancient constitution must be reformed to spread power more evenly.

March 12 2015 / New Statesman

Ed Miliband wants a counter-revolution, but doesn't know how to get it

The Labour leader is convinced of his destiny but his rag-bag set of policies are incoherent.

December 29 2014 / The Daily Telegraph

The New Republic collapses as it turns 100

If the New Statesman has a sister publication, it is the New Republic. The magazine’s collapse provokes us to ask whether such an institution can be more than a vanity project without destroying its purpose and heritage, or losing its political identity altogether.

December 10 2014 / New Statesman

Ed's snooty elite hates patriotism, says editor of left-wing journal that triggered Labour leadership crisis

Two weeks ago, Jason Cowley, editor of Labour’s house journal the New Statesman, triggered Ed Miliband’s leadership crisis by describing him as an ‘old-style Hampstead socialist’ and ‘quasi-Marxist’.

November 22 2014 / The Daily Mail

Ed Miliband’s problem is not policy but tone – and increasingly he seems trapped

Jason Cowley on the struggles and woes of the Labour leader.

November 5 2014 / New Statesman

Jason Cowley: Post-Salmond, the SNP will be stronger than ever

Nicola Sturgeon is adored by the party’s activists. She is a formidable machine politician and a capable media performer.

September 25 2014 / New Statesman

After Scotland, something fundamental has to change - and will change

Our present constitutional settlement is not merely unacceptable; it is broken.

September 19 2014 / New Statesman

Edinburgh reaches fever pitch, Salmond’s “no change” change, and Nick Robinson smells anxiety

NS editor Jason Cowley writes from a cold, grey-skied Edinburgh on the eve of the vote.

September 18 2014 / New Statesman

The Scottish independence surge has forced a complacent and smug elite to take notice

Alex Salmond, whose political mission from the outset was to destroy Great Britain, might end up creating the conditions in which it can be remade and thus saved.

September 8 2014 / New Statesman

Jason Cowley: The destruction of Gaza and when Israel backed the Islamists

The Gaza conflict has raised the important question of empathy. Would that both sides were capable of greater empathy and, indeed, imagination.

August 5 2014 / New Statesman

Thomas Piketty in London, the ghost of Mrs Thatcher and another boost for Salmond

That a 690-page treatise on inequality has become an international bestseller is surely a symptom of our anxieties and of a yearning for something better.

May 7 2014 / New Statesman

Sajid Javid and the left, the “extermination” of grammar schools and Pamuk in Oxford

The response of some Labour MPs to Javid’s promotion was idiotic.

April 16 2014 / New Statesman

Even if Scotland votes No, the status quo will not hold

Whatever the outcome in September, Scotland won’t have to wait too long for even greater autonomy.

March 3 2014 / New Statesman

Artists for independence, reading Wilfred Owen and the return of Ian Nairn

Remembering the angst of Scottish writers, a schoolboy’s introduction to the poetry of Wilfred Owen, and the eccentric, melancholy genius of the topographer and broadcaster Ian Nairn.

February 27 2014 / New Statesman

Alex Salmond visits London, Alan's friends – and was Orwell on the right or left?

Looking forward to the Scottish First Minister’s NS lecture on 4 March, wondering what’s gone wrong the BBC’s arts programming, and remembering Stuart Hall.

February 13 2014 / New Statesman

More should be done to dismantle British education's Berlin Wall

Why is the left silent on the public school question?

January 30 2014 / New Statesman

England dreaming, the break-up of Britain and what Orson Welles knew

As someone who was born in the 1960s, the son of wartime evacuees from London, I had a sense from an early age that Britain was oppressed by a lost greatness.

December 19 2013 / New Statesman

Mandela’s stoicism, tea with Ian Smith, and South Africa’s civil war that never was

In 2000, on a visit to Zimbabwe, Jason Cowley met the former Rhodesian leader Ian Smith.

December 17 2013 / New Statesman

Obama’s drone warfare, Ashcroft on Cameron and the mystery of GQ's absent editors

Robert Greenwald’s documentary “Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars” is a work of ruthless propaganda - in the best sense. Meanwhile the purpose of Lord Ashcroft’s planned biography is much less clear.

November 21 2013 / New Statesman

Jonathan Franzen and the rage of the Twitter machine

We’re swamped by a tide of reaction and instant opinion churned out by the second on Twitter, writes Jason Cowley. But as Franzen, Obama and Miliband show, instant gratification won’t secure our grasp of events.

September 26 2013 / New Statesman

Editor's Note: Test Match Special, George Plimpton and Hugh Trevor-Roper's Peterhouse blues

Jason Cowley reviews the current line up on the Test Match Special, remembers a discussion on the greatest essayists with George Plimpton, and speaks at the famously right-wing Peterhouse College in Cambridge.

July 27 2013 / New Statesman

In death, Thatcher has been reborn into myth

The Conservative Party has never recovered from what it did to Margaret Thatcher and from the legacy of bitterness that resulted.

April 17 2013 / New Statesman

Editor’s Note: A long and not always smooth history

Jason Cowley recalls his first lunch with Peter Wilby, a warning from Tony Howard and champagne with Norman Mackenzie . . . who describes how dreadful Dick Crossman was, and how great Kingsley Martin.

April 12 2013 / New Statesman

The left struggled to understand Margaret Thatcher. When it finally did, the result was New Labour

The New Statesman was at the forefront of anti-Thatcher campaigning. But in common with much of the left, it never properly understood the forces she unleashed.

April 8 2013 / New Statesman

Back to the future – Kraftwerk at the Tate and Iraq war regrets

Divisive arguments and musical nostalgia.

February 21 2013 / New Statesman

Ed Miliband doesn’t lack ideas but he’s still short of hard detail

The Labour leader believes he can reform capitalism but has yet to find a language that will fire the voter.

October 1 2012 / Evening Standard

Editor's Note: England, Scotland, Britain?

An independent Scotland would be viable but why break up Britain?

June 6 2012 / New Statesman

Editor's Note

21st-century educational apartheid, the new few and our weird weather.

May 16 2012 / New Statesman

Mr Scotland, chauvinism and the SNP's big-tent nationalism

In Edinburgh, Alex Salmond walks with the swagger of a man who feels that these could be the last days of the Union.

January 26 2012 / New Statesman

The left's favourite Tories: Robert Peel

Peel is best known as the creator of the modern police force; but I most admire him for his struggle to repeal the protectionist Corn Laws.

October 6 2011 / New Statesman

Editor's Note — after Rowan Williams

Jason Cowley on the fallout from the Archbishop of Canterbury’s guest edit of the New Statesman.

June 23 2011 / New Statesman

Ed Miliband has a departure point and a destination, but no route map

Miliband is torn between what he would like to do and what the conservatism of the wider political culture will allow him to do.

May 12 2011 / New Statesman

A tale of two weddings

The impending nuptials of Kate and Wills remind the New Statesman editor of another royal wedding 30 years ago.

April 27 2011 / New Statesman

Jemima Khan, Julian Assange and the digitally savvy brain

The New Statesman editor reflects on the other-worldly WikiLeaks frontman and Jemima Khan’s extraordinary guest edit.

April 20 2011 / New Statesman

Ethical dimensions of an interventionist foreign policy

A fine essay by John Stuart Mill, first published in 1859, offers keen insight into the thinking behind the west’s UN-backed air strikes on Libya today.

March 24 2011 / New Statesman

Where are today’s political intellectuals?

Once, we had Gladstone and Disraeli. Now, we have Clegg and Cameron.

February 10 2011 / New Statesman

Thunder Down Under And Tony’s Prose

In spite of outward appearances… Australians often seem to me to be deeply anxious, unsure of their place in the world.

December 29 2010 / New Statesman

What David Laws Knows But Won’t Say

A draft Lib Dem document from May reveals that there was clear potential for a Lab-Lib coalition. So what happened?

November 18 2010 / New Statesman

Liverpool, Room and Miliband Minor

Whether Ed wins or loses, he has, from a standing start, established a significant power base.

September 23 2010 / New Statesman

The scandal of the lost generation

Why are so many young people unable to get a job or a place at university?

August 22 2010 / New Statesman

The barbarism of Ahmadinejad's Iran

What is it these fanatics fear about their women?

August 15 2010 / New Statesman

George Orwell's 'ghost kingdom' of the poor is still here

For all its wealth, London remains the most unequal region in England, with the highest child, working-age and pensioner poverty rates.

August 13 2010 / Evening Standard

The choice before Labour

Labour needs to understand why so many of its natural supporters feel estranged from the party.

March 22 2010 / New Statesman

Here was peculiar grace

The Indian elite blame Pakistan for the Mumbai attacks. They congratulate themselves on their restraint. But how long can it last?

January 22 2009 / New Statesman

The rise of the British Jihad

Since the London bombings of July 7, 2005, in which fifty-two people were murdered in suicide attacks by Islamic terrorists, Britain has become a more troubled, less confident and harmonious country.

September 2008 / Granta, 103