The Green Wars

​Will divisive net zero politics become the new Brexit?

August 13 2023 / The Sunday Times

Labour are analysing how centre-left parties lose from winning positions

Why is Keir Starmer so anxious? It’s because Labour are used to losing. Defeat defines the party

July 16 2023 / The Sunday Times

The Humbling of the SNP

​The nationalists believe their interests and those of the Scottish people are coterminous. They are not.

April 12 2023 / The New Statesman

A Darkening World

​In 2013, few could have predicted the political convulsions to come

April 12 2023 / The New Statesman

The Iraq War catastrophe: twenty years later

The liberal delusion of remaking the world

March 15 2023 / The New Statesman

Keir Stramer: what he has learnt from the German Social Democrats

​The search for security and respect in an age of disorder

March 1 2023 / The New Statesman

The Undoing of Nicola Sturgeon

​Her fall offers little reason for unionist triumphalism

February 22 2023 / The New Statesman

Keir Starmer: the unbinding of Britain

Will breaking up the United Kingdom bring us closer together?

Plus, Eric Ravilious and deep England

December 8 2022 / The New Statesman

The Truss Debacle

​A broken and humiliated Conservative party turns back to Jeremy Hunt

October 19 2022 / The New Statesman

The Next Prime Minister

What Sunak and Truss are getting wrong about Brexit

July 27 2022 / The New Statesman

Boris Johnson: Downfall

​In 2019, Boris Johnson had everything he wanted after winning the general election. But the gods were waiting for him

July 13 2022 / The New Statesman

Jason Cowley in conversation with Andy Haldane

Jason Cowley on an era of extraordinary politics

July 7 2022 / The Royal Society of Arts (RSA)

Jason Cowley, Book

​The English Question: Who are we now, after Brexit, in these pandemic times?

December 8 2021 / The New Statesman

The New Statesman

​A New Direction

September 12 2021 / The New Statesman

Afghanistan: The Cost of War

Twenty years after the US invasion, the Taliban are preparing to retake control of the country

July 28 2021 / The New Statesman

Gareth Southgate and the art of leadership

Why the England manager understands the real meaning of glory

June 8 2021 / The New Statesman

Boris Johnson and the Clercs

​The fallen intellectuals

November 18 2020 / New Statesman

The Great University funding crisis

​Sub-prime degrees and elite overproduction

July 22 2020 / New Statesman

Why Boris Johnson is trapped

The prime minister stokes the flames of the culture wars

June 17 2020 / New Statesman

The Tragedy of Tye Green Lodge

​People are dying at the Essex care home

May 20 2020 / New Statesman

Keir Starmer's Labour

The party is unifying behind its new leader

May 13 2020 / New Statesman

Boris Johnson's near-death expereience

What does it mean to live a good life?

April 22 2020 / New Statesman

Jim McMahon: The Politics of Place and Belonging

Rebuilding the fabric of place

April 22 2020 / New Statesman

Jason Cowley: Covid-19 New Statesman blog

​Essential analysis of the defining crisis of our times

April 14 2020 / New Statesman

The Night of the Great Applause

A public coming together of a kind one seldom if ever experiences

April 2020 / New Statesman

Boris Johnson: can he speak to and for the nation?

The burdens of leadership during national crisis

March 24 2020 / New Statesman

Visiting JG Ballard at home

​Life as a stage set that can be cleared away at any moment

March 2020 / New Statesman

The Great Railways Debacle

No other major Western country has allowed so many of its strategic industries, assets and pre-eminent companies to fall into foreign ownership

February 2020 / New Statesman

The Gift of Statesmanship

​In defence of free-thinking and against “orthodoxy-sniffing”

December 19 2019 / New Statesman

Jeremy Corbyn: An Epic Defeat

​How a decade of dogma left Labour a rotten shell

December 15 2019 / The Sunday Times

Britain deserves better

​2019 General Election Leader

December 4 2019 / new Statesman

David Cameron: the moderniser who blundered

The prime minister who gambled and lost Europe

September 11 2019 / New Statesman

Boris Johnson: the myth of greatness

The crown of laughter

July 24 2019 / New Statesman

The Know-nothing Right

​Boris Johnson is heading for Downing Street

June 12 2019 / New Statesman

The End of May

​The last days of Theresa May’s premiership

May 29 2019 / New Statesman

The Masochism Premiership (redux)

​Plus - our national novelist ...

March 27 2019 / New Statesman

Charles Masterman and the condition of England

Power leaks from Corbyn and May

March 1 2019 / New Statesman

Ten Years as Editor of the New Statesman

​Getting the balance right

December 6 2018 / New Statesman

Why the left are now more forgiving of Ed Miliband

It was poignant sitting opposite the man whose ambition it had been to remake capitalism for an age of austerity

September 5 2018 / New Statesman

England Dreaming

​A World Cup summer stirs a deep nostalgia in the English

June 20 2018 / New Statesman

Crumbling Britain

The age of austerity and the decay of the public realm

April 19 2018 / New Statesman

The struggles of Theresa May

​What happened to the politics of the common good?

October 12 2017 / New Staesman

Smiley, Brexit and Europe

​John le Carré and the citizen of nowhere

September 7 2017 / New Statesman

The masochism premiership of Theresa May

​An epic tale of hubris and humiliation

July 13 2017 / New Statesman

The Guilty Men of Brexit

​Churchill, Boris Johnson and the “bullseye of disaster”

July 6 2017 / New Statesman

Corbyn at Glastonbury

More Brexit variations

June 29 2017 / New Statesman

The Brexit Debacle

​Theresa May’s Britain is in one hell of a mess

June 22 2017 / New Statesman

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

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

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