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Tracey Thorn: Not for me the party songs. Come, listen to the clanging chimes of doom!

newstatesman.com — The true reward of making a Christmas album lies in becoming part of people's annual traditions. I released Tinsel and Lights in 2012, so this will be its third outing on the festive turntable, and I am already getting tweets telling me that it has been fetched out of the box in the loft, along with the actual tinsel - all scruffy with bits of Sellotape that fixed it to someone's bedroom wall last year.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @tracey_thorn: Here's my Christmas @NewStatesman column, about festive songs, from Band Aid to Buble, via John Lennon & Janis Ian http:/…

Dec 19, 2014

RT @tracey_thorn: Here's my Christmas @NewStatesman column, about festive songs, from Band Aid to Buble, via John Lennon & Janis Ian http:/…

Suzanne Moore: I never learned exactly what my mother put in the buckets brewing under the bed

newstatesman.com — You always knew it was Christmas in our house because my mum would start on the Baileys. Not just drinking it, but making it. It was one of her proudest achievements. She had the "secret recipe" for Baileys. She made it in buckets stored under the bed. "What's in it, Mum?"
Dec 20, 2014

Suzanne Moore: XMAS STORY I never learned exactly what my mother put in the buckets brewing under the bed newstatesman.com/culture/2014/1…

Dec 20, 2014

“Not my cup of tea but as it was Christmas I thought I should get on with it - @suzanne_moore's mum on lesbianism newstatesman.com/culture/2014/1…

Labour to turn focus to health with 10-year NHS plan in January

newstatesman.com — Labour has spent much of the last fortnight addressing its political weaknesses. Ed Miliband has made high-profile speeches on the deficit and immigration (the two subjects he forgot to mention in his conference address) and has announced general election pledges related to both.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @TheStaggers: Labour to turn focus to health with 10-year NHS plan in January, reports @georgeeaton bit.ly/1GyOG22

Helen Lewis on Yarl’s Wood: we are detaining people indefinitely who have committed no crime

newstatesman.com — Lily tells me that the moment they began her screening interview, they took away her bag - and with it her phone. Then she was told that she would be taken to a detention facility. "It was nine o'clock at night. Then they said, 'The van is here for you' .
Dec 19, 2014

Why is the UK detaining indefinitely women - many of them victims of sexual violence - who have committed no crime? newstatesman.com/politics/2014/…

Letter from Guyana: the dictator as sitting duck

newstatesman.com — They've started calling him Donald de Duck. "If it look like a duck, if it quack like a duck, if it walk like a duck, it a duck," Guyana's opposition leader David Granger said of the country's president, Donald Ramotar.

Commons Confidential: A shocking secret Santa

newstatesman.com — The Chancer of the Exchequer, George Osborne, is playing Scrooge by threatening permanent austerity, yet word went out from Tory HQ for MPs and candidates to be full of ho, ho, ho. So Andrew Atkinson, the Conservative challenger to Labour's Ian Lucas in Wrexham, donned the full outfit to play Santa in the Welsh town.

READ: 32 statements the government rushed through and hoped you wouldn't read

newstatesman.com — It's a classic government technique: dump a load of ministerial statements out on the last day before recess in the hope that no one notices. Well, this mole got hold of the list of 32 statements out today, and it isn't impressed: Happy holidays!

Labour on course to squeeze the Greens in 2015

newstatesman.com — What makes the 2015 general election so unusual is that rather than squeezing each other's votes (as is traditional), both the Tories and Labour are focused on squeezing smaller rivals: Ukip in the case of the Tories, and the Greens and the SNP in the case of Labour (with the Farageists also a threat to them).
Dec 18, 2014

A third of current Green supporters plan to vote Labour at the general election bit.ly/1C5CLGw

In 2014, Labour and the Tories learned - for the first time - that they could both lose

newstatesman.com — British politics once moved to a predictable rhythm. If the fortunes of either the Conservatives or Labour declined, those of the other would rise. The identity of the winning party changed but the game of zero-sum politics remained the same. This, 2014, was the year in which it ended.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @NewStatesman: In 2014, Labour and the Tories learned – for the first time – that they could both lose. By @georgeeaton newstatesman.com/politics/2014/…

Dec 18, 2014

The year that Labour and the Tories learned they could both lose - my review of 2014 from NS Christmas issue: bit.ly/1r0HfNs

Dec 18, 2014

"In 2014, Labour and the Tories learned.. that they could both lose" - excellent from @georgeeaton newstatesman.com/politics/2014/…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @rafaelbehr: 2014 - the year Lab and Tories realised voters just not that into them. @georgeeaton v good on this theme newstatesman.com/politics/2014/…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @rafaelbehr: 2014 - the year Lab and Tories realised voters just not that into them. @georgeeaton v good on this theme newstatesman.com/politics/2014/…

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Leader: The wealth and poverty of our nation

newstatesman.com — By at least one measure, the United Kingdom has never been better off. GDP is 3.4 per cent above its pre-recession peak, owing to statistical revisions and a year in which the economy grew faster than that of any other G7 country.
Dec 20, 2014

The @NewStatesman Christmas leader: The wealth and poverty of our nation bit.ly/1v3aFHk

Dec 18, 2014

RT @NewStatesman: “Rather than the mass unemployment of the 1930s, the UK today faces a crisis of mass underemployment” newstatesman.com/politics/2014/…

Dec 18, 2014

The @NewStatesman Christmas leader: The wealth and poverty of our nation bit.ly/1v3aFHk

Jan Morris: One last time to Venice

newstatesman.com — Jan Morris, photographed by Rick Pushinksy for the New Statesman. "Over the years I have begun to feel that nothing in life has only one meaning," says Jan Morris, and perhaps the greatest example of the truth of this statement is Morris herself.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @NewStatesman: Jan Morris has been an officer, journalist, husband, celebrated writer, and a wife. Her new book is her final one: newstatesman.com/2014/12/jan-mo…

Project Martyr: the British doctor who went to work in Syria

newstatesman.com — Rami Habib in his field hospital. Photo: Tom Pilston In early 2011, Rami Habib, a 43-year-old doctor from Leicester, flew to his native Syria because his father had suffered a stroke. It was a tumultuous time in the Arab world. The peoples of Tunisia, Egypt and Libya were rising up against their repressive rulers.

“My CV’s probably under-exaggerated”: The Apprentice blog series 10, episode 11

newstatesman.com — WARNING: This blog is for people watching The Apprentice. Contains spoilers! We've reached the interviews stage, and all our favourite interrogators - plus a new angry face - have been laid on by Lord Sugar to pretend they're qualified to level cruel put-downs and personal attacks at the perpetually embattled final five candidates.
Dec 18, 2014

"Supermarket chillers are like Mayfair real estate": my blog on #TheApprentice penultimate episode, ie THE INTERVIEWS bit.ly/13eUsHy

Is today's "political crisis" facing Britain's parties simply the new normal?

newstatesman.com — As the 2014 political season draws to a close, the leaders of our political parties will have more cause than most to yearn for a Happy New Year. Indeed, as the glasses clink this Christmas, many of our sitting MPs will know that their wishes for 2015 are made more in hope than expectation.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @TheStaggers: Is today's "political crisis" facing Britain's parties simply the new normal? @ProfTimBale on the future of parties: bit.ly/1z732pv