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Nov 20, 2014

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Six feet under: meeting Britain’s Gravedigger of the Year

newstatesman.com — On a crisp autumn morning in a field outside Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, Jonny Yaxley took an aerosol can of white line marker from his truck and sprayed an 86-by-34-inch rectangle on the grass. After cutting along the outline with a spade, he mounted a small excavator and clawed off strips of turf, arranging them like jigsaw pieces on plywood sheets laid nearby.

Some Rochester and Strood constituents are more concerned about Ukip than immigration

newstatesman.com — As immigration dominates national political debate, driven mainly by Ukip's apparently snowballing success, it is worth asking some of the actual migrants what they think. In Rochester and Strood today, it's easy for the festival of purple and yellow-tinted triumph on Rochester High Street to appear to characterise this constituency and overshadow other many others' views.
Nov 20, 2014

RT @TheStaggers: Ukip tells us about Roch&Strood's immigration concerns. So what do its immigrants think of Ukip? By @AnooshChakelian http:…

Nov 20, 2014

"I get lots of racism here. It will only get worse": Rochester's ethnic minority residents on Ukip's potential win. bit.ly/1yub2Nw

The irony that Thornberry's become the symbol of out-of-touch Labour - and it's Labour's fault

newstatesman.com — The shadow attorney general, who resigned tonight having tweeted a picture of a house in Strood adorned with three St George's flags, has become over the course of an evening a symbol of out-of-touch Labour. Emily Thornberry is a London MP, and not just London - Islington.
Nov 20, 2014

Good piece: The irony that Thornberry's become the symbol of out-of-touch Labour – and it's Labour's fault newstatesman.com/politics/2014/…

I was a teenage Europhile - but the EU’s sadistic austerity and lack of democracy changed my mind

newstatesman.com — This is a free preview of this week's New Statesman, out today. Get your copy now. "Any chance of a retweet?" the Conservative MEP and ardent Eurosceptic Daniel Hannan asked me on Twitter a few days ago.
Nov 20, 2014

RT @NewStatesman: I was a teenage Europhile – but the EU’s sadistic austerity and lack of democracy changed my mind, says @mehdirhasan newstatesman.com/politics/2014/…

Nov 20, 2014

RT @NewStatesman: I was a teenage Europhile – but the EU’s sadistic austerity and lack of democracy changed my mind, says @mehdirhasan newstatesman.com/politics/2014/…

Emily Thornberry resigns from shadow cabinet over tweeted picture of St George flags

newstatesman.com — Today was supposed to be a day of disaster for the Tories, with the party already conceding defeat to Ukip in the Rochester by-election. But it has turned into one for Labour. Emily Thornberry has just resigned as shadow attorney general over her much-criticised tweet from Rochester of a house in Strood with three England flags flying from its windows.
Nov 20, 2014

Thornberry's resignation is a victory for Labour's "beer drinkers" over its "wine drinkers": bit.ly/1zHwIH6

Peregrines over Westminster, my bloody great beehive and the Samuel Johnson Prize

newstatesman.com — Saturday is a disconcertingly beautiful day. The November air is like hot gin. I'm driving down from Newmarket to Hastings in a glorious mood - until I realise with horror that I've still not sent the BBC people a release form for the Samuel Johnson Prize interview they filmed last week.
Nov 20, 2014

RT @edyong209: I think I missed this but huge congrats to @HelenJMacdonald on her SamuelJohnsonPrize win for the epic H is for Hawk newstatesman.com/culture/2014/1…

Nov 20, 2014

I think I missed this but huge congrats to @HelenJMacdonald on her SamuelJohnsonPrize win for the epic H is for Hawk newstatesman.com/culture/2014/1…

Nov 20, 2014

RT @NS_Culture: Peregrines over Westminster, my bloody great beehive and the Samuel Johnson Prize - diary by Helen MacDonald: newstatesman.com/culture/2014/1…

Rochester and Strood

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Nov 20, 2014

RT @TheStaggers: Polls have closed for the Rochester by-election. Read all our coverage here: bit.ly/1uDLjSb & on @May2015NS: http:…

Osborne drops legal challenge to EU bank bonus cap

newstatesman.com — Under the cover of the Rochester by-election, George Osborne has abandoned his long-running legal challenge to the EU's cap on bank bonuses. The decisive blow came earlier today when an advocate general at the European Court of Justice advised that the new law, which restricts payouts to 100 per cent of a bankers' salary, or 200 per cent with shareholder approval, should be upheld.
Nov 20, 2014

RT @TheStaggers: Osborne drops legal challenge to EU bank bonus cap under the cover of Rochester by-election: bit.ly/1uYsVVx

How can you charge the bedroom tax on a stalked woman’s panic room?

newstatesman.com — A woman appeared in court yesterday. We do not know her name. She is identified only as "A". To reveal her identity would put her at risk of being killed by a man with whom she had a very brief relationship several years ago. This man was sent to prison for killing a police officer.
Nov 20, 2014

RT @NewStatesman: How can you charge the bedroom tax on a stalked woman’s panic room? @CCriadoPerez on the woman A case newstatesman.com/politics/2014/…

Nov 20, 2014

RT @CCriadoPerez: How can you charge the bedroom tax on a stalked woman’s panic room? Me in @NewStatesman newstatesman.com/politics/2014/…

Ukip tells us of Rochester's immigration concerns, so what do its immigrants think of Ukip?

newstatesman.com — As immigration dominates national political debate, driven mainly by Ukip's apparently snowballing success, it is worth asking some of the actual migrants what they think. In Rochester and Strood today, it's easy for the festival of purple and yellow-tinted triumph on Rochester High Street to appear to characterise this constituency and drown out many others' views.
Nov 20, 2014

RT @TheStaggers: Ukip tells us about Roch&Strood's immigration concerns. So what do its immigrants think of Ukip? By @AnooshChakelian http:…

“I’m not a racist”: a visit to the by-election battleground, Rochester and Strood

newstatesman.com — This is an updated extract of an article that originally appeared on the New Statesman's election website May2015. Follow it on Twitter @May2015NS. The morning's first crisp rays of sunlight bounce off Rochester Cathedral's small cluster of spires. Compact and rather squat, it looks over the town's cobbled high street, as people begin to go about their day.
Nov 20, 2014

RT @georgeeaton: My colleague @AnooshChakelian will be at the Rochester count tonight. Read her excellent report from the seat: bit.ly/1uXvFlX

Nov 20, 2014

My colleague @AnooshChakelian will be at the Rochester count tonight. Read her excellent report from the seat: bit.ly/1uXvFlX

Cold, cold heart: Winter Sleep is far from a Turkish delight

newstatesman.com — Winter Sleep (15) dir: Nuri Bilge Ceylan Nuri Bilge Ceylan has provided abundant evidence that he is a great director, most notably in Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011). But despite having won the Palme d'Or at Cannes this year, Winter Sleep is not great film-making.
Nov 20, 2014

Great Director makes Not Great film! My @NS_Culture @NewStatesman review of Winter Sleep bit.ly/1AohaLs

Potential support for the Greens outweighs potential support for Ukip

newstatesman.com — Even after the Greens' recent surge, which has seen them poll as high as 8 per cent (they won just 1 per cent in 2010), the party still trails far behind Ukip. But a fascinating new poll by YouGov for the Times's Red Box shows how Natalie Bennett's band could overtake Nigel Farage's.
Nov 20, 2014

RT @TheStaggers: Potential support for the Greens outweighs potential support for Ukip - @georgeeaton reports on a new poll bit.ly/11FXfJO

Nov 20, 2014

Potential support for the Greens outweighs potential support for Ukip - fascinating new @YouGov poll: bit.ly/11FXfJO

How the Rochester and Strood by-election is a symbol of Labour's wider problems

newstatesman.com — Rochester High Street on polling day is a middle-aged, white harrumph of bouyant Ukip devotees and stiff Tory optimism. It's sort of like West Side Story if it were directed by Mary Berry and the Hamiltons and set in a National Trust property.
Nov 20, 2014

RT @TheStaggers: Labour's challenge: how the Rochester by-election is a symbol of the party's wider problems. By @AnooshChakelian bit.ly/1AmUyLb

Mail Online indulges in horrific ebola clickbait

newstatesman.com — Oh dear. Oh dear oh dear oh dear. From Mail Online: Homeopathy could have cured Ebola if the World Health Organisation had not stepped in to prevent a trial, according to members of a group who travelled to Liberia hoping to try out remedies including rattlesnake venom and the aphrodisiac Spanish Fly.

Books of the Year: NS friends and contributors choose their favourite reading of 2014

newstatesman.com — Signs and wonders: Paul Nash's Landscape of the Megaliths, featured in Adam Thorpe's On Silbury Hill. Image: Lauren McLean/V&A Images We recognise that history is written by the winners but are slower to see how they command geography. The land reshapes under a coloniser's eye and the map makes the new vision official.
Nov 20, 2014

RT @IsaacFitzgerald: "Jones’s lean, searing lines transcend identity politics." @olivialanguage on @theferocity's PRELUDE TO BRUISE: newstatesman.com/culture/2014/1…

Nov 20, 2014

Knausgaard, Mantel, Byatt, Shriver, Grayson Perry, Ali Smith, Alex Salmond - they're all in the NS books of the year newstatesman.com/culture/2014/1…

Nov 20, 2014

RT @IsaacFitzgerald: "Jones’s lean, searing lines transcend identity politics." @olivialanguage on @theferocity's PRELUDE TO BRUISE: newstatesman.com/culture/2014/1…

Nov 20, 2014

"Jones’s lean, searing lines transcend identity politics." @olivialanguage on @theferocity's PRELUDE TO BRUISE: newstatesman.com/culture/2014/1…

Tom Wolfe always cuts through modish nonsense. I wonder what he’d make of Russell Brand?

newstatesman.com — The idea that writing should primarily entertain - the pleasure principle - is the bane of all literary theorists. As Philip Larkin put it, "Life and literature is a question of what one thrills to and further than that no man shall ever go without putting his foot in a turd."
Nov 20, 2014

RT @NS_Culture: Tom Wolfe always cuts through modish nonsense, says @edsmithwriter. Wonder what he’d make of Russell Brand? newstatesman.com/books/2014/11/…

Letter from Barcelona: Inside the battle for Catalan independence

newstatesman.com — Barcelona is a city draped in flags. Only a handful of windows surrounding my rented apartment in El Born - a fashionably ramshackle district close to the harbour - are flag-free. From the rest hang Esteladas, the distinctive blue-and-white-starred symbol of Catalan national sovereignty.
Nov 20, 2014

RT @CollectiuEmma: Recommended reading: Letter from Barcelona: Inside the battle for Catalan independence newstatesman.com/politics/2014/… by @jamesmaxwell86