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A lot of noise for nothing: Macron has given his wife the most pointless formal status

The Elysée palace has important news: Brigitte Macron, the wife of youngest-president-since-Napoleon Emmanuel Macron, will carry out organisational responsibilities and support charities during her husband’s term. This is completely new and not at all exactly what Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, ...

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The hashtag is ten; I wish it was dead

I do not often wish death to ten year olds (exception: when it’s half-term and I’m on public transport). Most of the time, ten year olds are fine. They’re okay. They’re cool. Check out that gnarly Figdet Spinner trick!

But there is one ten year old who I wish death upon every ...

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Tory right-wingers are furious about Big Ben – but it’s their time that’s running out

Jeremy Corbyn, it is often said, wants to take Britain back to the 1970s.

The insult is halfway to an insight. It’s true that the Labour leader and his inner circle regard British economic policy since the late 1970s as an extended disaster that led to the election of Donald Trump ...

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Serebrennikov's arrest is another step in the erosion of Russia's cultural freedom

“The play opens amid scenery which has already become, it seems, painfully familiar: a room with official furniture and a cage, to which they lead a man in handcuffs.” Thus reads a RIA Novosti review of Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov’s staging of Lars Von Trier’s The Idiots in ...

today 15:37 open_in_new
Tory right-wingers are furious about Big Ben – but it’s their time that's running out

Jeremy Corbyn, it is often said, wants to take Britain back to the 1970s.

The insult is halfway to an insight. It’s true that the Labour leader and his inner circle regard British economic policy since the late 1970s as an extended disaster that led to the election of Donald Trump ...

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Leader: History is not written in stone

When a mishmash of neo-Nazis, white supremacists, Trump supporters and private militias gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia on 12 August – a rally that ended in the death of a counter-protester – the ostensible reason was the city’s proposal to remove a statue of a man named Robert E ...

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Nudist volleyball: "We're naked and we call each other du"

With the sweltering heat that is hitting Europe this summer, it’s amazing the nudist community hasn’t grown. In fact, it’s shrinking. But amidst the decline, one sports club in Berlin has managed to attract nudists with their activities. This is what it’s like to play volleyball ...

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Women-only train carriages are just a way of ensuring more spaces are male by default

“A decent girl,” says bus driver Mukesh Singh, “won't roam around at 9 o'clock at night. A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy.”

Singh is one of four men sentenced to death for the rape and fatal assault of Jyoti Singh Pandey on a Delhi bus in 2013. His defence ...

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Britain's largest communications union to affiliate to Momentum

One of Labour’s largest trade unions is set to affiliate to Momentum after the ruling executive of the Communications Workers Union voted unanimously to join the organisation.

The CWU, Britain’s largest communications union and the fifth largest affiliate to Labour, was one of ...

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Scotland's vast deficit remains an obstacle to independence

For the SNP, the annual Scottish public spending figures bring good and bad news. The good news, such as it is, is that Scotland's deficit fell by £1.3bn in 2016/17. The bad news is that it remains £13.3bn or 8.3 per cent of GDP - three times the UK figure of 2.4 per cent (£46.2bn) and ...

today 12:19 open_in_new
Can celluloid lovers like Christopher Nolan stop a digital-only future for film?

“Chris Nolan is one of the few producing and directing films right now who could open that film. He is one of the all-time great filmmakers.”

No prizes for guessing which new release Vue CEO Tim Richards is talking about. Aside from its box office success, aside from its ...

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The New Statesman Cover: Sunni vs Shia

25 - 31 August issue Sunni vs Shia

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Clairvoyance: The long road to bankruptcy

VO

They call themselves clairvoyants, marabouts or even healers. Behind their array of descriptions, though, is something much shadier: tens of thousands of fraud victims. An investigation of people who have got balls of crystal.

It’s 1986 in Paris, and Christine has finally ...

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The legacy of sectarianism is still poisoning the air of Scotland
Ruth Davidson has reinstated two Stirling councillors who posted anti-Catholic and racist messages on social media. That this kind of cretinous guff still goes on in my hometown in 2017 raises my hackles. ...
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Peter Hitchens on Twitter seemed barely human – then he came round for tea

But what about Peter Hitchens?” everyone is asking after my last encounter with him. He came round to the Hovel, you see, the day before the column, in which I said all sorts of nasty things about him, appeared. The reason why he came round is complicated and boring, but suffice it to say ...

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As crime moves online, the police need the investment in technology to follow

It’s perhaps inevitable that as the world becomes more digital, so does crime. This week Alison Saunders, director of public prosecutions, recognised that online crime is as serious as face-to-face crime. “Hate is hate,” Saunders wrote referring to internet abuse, and the police should ...

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The pound could hit parity with the euro – but if it does, buy it

Anyone travelling to the continent from the UK this summer will have, no doubt, winced every time they’ve had to pay for anything.

The euro has been strong – surprisingly so – while the pound (and the US dollar) have been weak.

Today, I want to consider the euro against the ...

today 09:35 open_in_new
SRSLY #107: Emoji Movie / Quacks / Perfume Genius

This is SRSLY, the pop culture podcast from the New Statesman. Here, you can find links to all the things we talk about in the show as well as a bit more detail about who we are and where else you can find us online.

Listen using the player below. . . ...

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Annie (1982): a bizarre, patriotic portrait of capitalist white America

Thirty-five years ago this summer, the movie Annie was released. Thirty-five years later, it still makes absolutely no fucking sense. It is a bizarre, patriotic portrait of capitalist white America with bizarre asides about Franklin D Roosevelt’s New Deal, Bolshevism, taxes, the Great ...

yesterday 17:37 open_in_new
Who will win Great British Bake Off 2017 based on the contestants’ Twitters

It was morning but the sky was as dark as the night – and the night was as dark as a quite dark rat. He walked in. A real smooth gent with legs for seconds. His pins were draped in the finest boot-cut jeans money could buy, and bad news was written all over his face. “I’m Paul,” he ...

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Mikel López Iturriaga: "The Mediterranean diet is disappearing"

VO

He is the head of El Comidista, the food section of El País, and just made the leap from newspapers to screens with a new show on the TV channel Sexta. In his own direct and entertaining style, Mikel López Iturriaga discusses gastronomy, nutrition, healthy habits and the myths of ...

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