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newstatesman.com — Back in the 1980s, there was a story circulating on the American right, according to which the Russian émigré novelist and thinker Ayn Rand had pronounced on the correct way of dancing. Only one dance form was truly rational, she was supposed to have declared.

I enjoyed working for the adult summer camp, but I drew the line at the shooting range

newstatesman.com — Americans like to send their children away to summer camps. They do the same to adults with learning difficulties. So it was that I found myself among a group of people with, shall we say, very mixed abilities. I had answered an ad in the Village Voice and had been asked about my experience of working with such people.
Oct 31, 2014

This weeks NS story I enjoyed working for the adult summer camp, but I drew the line at the shooting range newstatesman.com/lifestyle/2014…

Ed Miliband's speech to Scottish Labour's Gala Dinner: full text

newstatesman.com — "We meet here after a tough week for our party in Scotland and after an extraordinary year when Scotland has gone through a profound debate about its future. "We meet here proud that in September we won the battle to keep our country together.
Oct 30, 2014

Staggeringly* lacklustre and inadequate Ed Miliband speech in Glasgow tonight. *Entirely predictable. newstatesman.com/politics/2014/…

Oct 30, 2014

Miliband to Scottish Labour: “We face a tough fight but no tougher than the fights we have faced in the past." bit.ly/1yKo4qM

Oct 30, 2014

Read the full text of Miliband's speech to Scottish Labour's gala dinner on @TheStaggers: bit.ly/1yKo4qM

Jim Murphy rejects "Blairite" label but cautions against shift to the left

newstatesman.com — The label attached most often to Jim Murphy is "Blairite". And the frontrunner to become the new leader of Scottish Labour was one of the former PM's most loyal defenders. But interviewed today on The World At One, he was unsurprisingly keen to shed this reputation.

Commons Confidential: Osborne’s nightmare on Downing Street

newstatesman.com — Amid the talk of Labour's Jim Murphy seeking a future in the Scottish Parliament, speculation grows in Scotland over whether it'll be back to the future for Alex Salmond. The SNP separatist brushes aside questions about his possible (probable?) return to the UK parliament.

Market rule isn’t working, but we can build a new world

newstatesman.com — Writing under leaden grey autumn skies, it is easy for a pervasive cloud of pessimism to dull one's consciousness. The way we have run our economy is fundamentally flawed. Listen to Pope Francis: "How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?
Oct 30, 2014

"A new world is possible, & the means are at hand." Inspired Owen Jones/Russell Brand pastiche from @jon_trickett newstatesman.com/politics/2014/…

Oct 30, 2014

Six months to an election & this is how one shadow cabinet minister wants to rouse the nation @jon_trickett newstatesman.com/politics/2014/…

Oct 30, 2014

A call to arms from shadow cabinet minister @jon_trickett: Market rule isn’t working, but we can build a new world bit.ly/1FYRVAz

Sometimes, the best of sport can find eternal life

newstatesman.com — Trying to rescue Naomi Campbell from the overzealous attentions of Mike Tyson, the Oxford philosopher A J "Freddie" Ayer - according to Ben Rogers, his biographer - inserted himself between the boxer and the supermodel. "Do you know who the f*** I am?" Tyson objected. "I'm the heavyweight champion of the world."
Oct 30, 2014

Can sport touch the arts? Including conv between Mike Tyson & the former Wykeham Prof of Logic. Me for @NewStatesman bit.ly/1tTxroX

Anas Sarwar resigns as Scottish Labour deputy leader

newstatesman.com — Anas Sarwar's decision to stand down as Scottish Labour's deputy leader, which he announced at the party's gala dinner tonight, does not come as a surprise. There is a common recognition across the party that it needs fresh figures at the top and that they must be MSPs (Sarwar represents the Westminster seat of Glasgow Central).
Oct 30, 2014

RT @TheStaggers: Anas Sarwar resigns as Scottish Labour deputy leader - the shadow cabinet could be his next stop, says @georgeeaton bit.ly/1whnOAf

Oct 30, 2014

And current shadow Scottish secretary Margaret Curran to replace Jim Murphy at international development 2/2 bit.ly/1whnOAf

Oct 30, 2014

Labour sources tip Anas Sarwar to become shadow Scottish secretary 1/2 bit.ly/1whnOAf

How the UK government's hefty Brussels bill could lead us to an EU exit

newstatesman.com — "I'm pro-European, but . . ." The words sum up the sentiment I keep on hearing when it comes to that eye-watering £1.7bn Brussels bill. It is not just tub-thumping eurosceptics who are feeling sore about the scale of this financial demand; some dedicated Brussophiles are up in arms too.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @SkyAnushka: Has hefty Brussels bill (& PM's other big promises) set Britain off towards an EU exit? My piece for the Staggers http://t.…

Oct 30, 2014

Has hefty Brussels bill (& PM's other big promises) set Britain off towards an EU exit? My piece for the Staggers newstatesman.com/politics/2014/…

Oct 30, 2014

Key line in @SkyAnushka's blog on the £1.7bn Brussels bill: EU ref is Tories' one red line for future coalition talks bit.ly/1rUOXne

“I am a fat daddy”: The Apprentice blog series 10, episode 4

newstatesman.com — Alan Sugar has a smartphone. He shows it to his intrigued candidates (there are still 15 left. Yeah. Fifteen. More than Jesus had disciples). He informs them that people today prefer to be entertained by their smartphones, like the one he's toting in an oddly pointless flash of product placement (it's a Samsung), to attending Victorian music halls in the East End, such as the one where they're gathered for the beginning of the show.
Oct 31, 2014

Fat Daddy, morontrepreneurs, and them "digital news people": #TheApprentice candidates attempt to make viral videos bit.ly/13imxxX

Oct 30, 2014

Fire up your Amstrad CPC 464plus, it's a techy task! #TheApprentice teams attempt to make "viral" videos: my ep4 blog bit.ly/13imxxX

It’s a kind of magic: the best children’s books for autumn

newstatesman.com — The autumn half-term brings a bumper crop of good books for children aged between two and 12. If we get floods again, Noah's Ark (Frances Lincoln, £14.99), meticulously illustrated in a pop-up version by Francesca Crespi, is perfect for imaginative two-to-four-year-olds, who can watch Noah's sons sawing logs, beasts pairing up and the little ark being tossed on giant waves.

Zambia’s new president is white - and we need to get over it

newstatesman.com — There's no doubt that Zambia's interim president has caused something of a stir. "Zambia's Guy Scott makes history as white president in sub-Saharan Africa," was CNN's headline. "I am Africa's first white democratic leader, says Zambian vice-president," was the Telegraph's take on the story.

Review: Building Stories

newstatesman.com — It is polite, when reviewing a work of fiction, to not spoil the ending too thoroughly. Which is problematic when it comes to discussing Chris Ware's newest work Building Stories, his first full-length publication in over a decade.
Oct 30, 2014

In case you don’t know why you should buy Building Stories, here’s my review of it newstatesman.com/culture/2012/1… (75% off: twitter.com/EddieRobson/st…)

Will Sinn Fein MPs take their seats after the next election?

newstatesman.com — The next parliament looks increasingly likely to be even more divided than the last. After several polls putting Labour and the Tories neck-and-neck, MPs speak of the possibility of neither being able to form a majority (326 seats) - even with Liberal Democrat support.
Oct 29, 2014

RT @georgeeaton: Why some in Westminster think Sinn Fein MPs may take their seats after the next election: bit.ly/1Dx2WoI

Oct 29, 2014

Why some in Westminster think Sinn Fein MPs may take their seats after the next election: bit.ly/1Dx2WoI

The fall of the reluctant leader: the inside story of Scottish Labour's crisis

newstatesman.com — On Friday 17 October, Ed Miliband's chief of staff, Tim Livesey, phoned Johann Lamont, and informed her that the Scottish Labour general secretary, Ian Price, was no longer in his position. The opening shot in what would be her final week as party leader had been fired.
Oct 30, 2014

As Scottish Labour crisis grows, here's the inside story of what went wrong: newstatesman.com/politics/2014/…

Oct 29, 2014

Scottish Labour's crisis: the inside story - my piece from tomorrow's New Statesman bit.ly/100ey6L

The right to feel safe: women should be able to use public transport without fear

newstatesman.com — Ask a man about his number one priority when it comes to public transport. Most likely he will say "speed". Ask a woman the same question and chances are that she will answer "safety". Sexual harassment on public transport is an everyday occurrence for millions of girls and women living in some of the world's biggest capitals.