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Standard House 12-13 Essex Street London WC2R 3AA Tel 020 7936 6400 Editor-in-chief Jason Cowley Deputy Editor Tom Gatti Managing Editor Will Dunn Political Editor Stephen Bush Associate Editor Michael Prodger Creative Editor Gerry Brakus Features Editor Kate Mossman Culture Editor Anna Leszkiewicz Culture Assistant Ellen Peirson-Hagger Digital Editor Jasper Jackson Assistant Editors George Eaton Jonn Elledge (Digital) Commissioning Editor Gavin Jacobson Political Correspondent Patrick Maguire Head of Production Peter Williams Deputy Head of Production Pippa Bailey Editorial Assistant Emily Bootle Commercial Designer Leon Parks Hettie O’Brien Anoosh Chakelian Sarah Manavis Indra Warnes Eleanor Peake New Statesman America Nicky Woolf Sophie McBain Contributing Writers John Bew Grace Blakeley Chris Deerin Matthew Engel Martin Fletcher John Gray Helen Lewis Shiraz Maher Paul Mason Adrian Pabst Laurie Penny Xan Rice Leo Robson Brendan Simms Ed Smith Amelia Tait Erica Wagner Rowan Williams Head of Marketing Charlotte Mullock 0800 731 8496 Commercial Director Peter Coombs 020 3096 2267

Contents Free thinking since 1913

Sinking ship: George Walden on England’s fools 24

What is wrong with us? Rory Stewart has big questions 20

Up Front

3 Leader 10 Correspondence


7 Peter Wilby on the lessons of the leaked Kim Darroch memos 9 Stephen Bush on the Tory leadership race 19 Dylan Jones writes this week’s Diary 23 Helen Thompson on the troublesome trio of Germany, Nato and the EU 29 Yanis Varoufakis recalls the capitulation that has allowed the right to triumph in Greece 40 Amelia Tait uncovers the remarkable tale of India’s postwar Polish refugees


12 In the Picture 13 Comment: Mark Damazer considers our politicians’ banal promises to “unite the country” 14 Commons Confidential: Kevin Maguire The pick of the gossip from Westminster 16 Encounter: Anoosh Chakelian meets Betty Boothroyd, beginning a new chapter in her political life 17 Ideas: Grace Blakeley explains Deutsche Bank’s last-ditch attempt to save itself 18 Sport: Michael Henderson on the pleasures of festival cricket


20 Rory Stewart on how Britain can overcome its midlife crisis 24 George Walden on “Brexit’s bullshit Britain” and the closing of the conservative mind 30 Tim Pears recalls summers spent foraging for berries 32 James Bridle on Bitcoin, Facebook and the digital currency revolution

The Critics: Books

42 Leo Robson considers the life and legacy of the novelist and philosopher Iris Murdoch on the centenary of her birth 47 The NS Poem “The Landing” by Isobel Dixon 48 David Priestland looks at the various ways Mao’s thinking was interpreted, as shown in Julia Lovell’s Maoism: A Global History 50 Mark Cocker on Julian Hoffman’s Irreplaceable, a survey of how global warming affects individuals 51 Anoosh Chakelian finds that Dina Nayeri’s The Ungrateful Refugee humanises the displacement crisis 52 Philip Hoare compares books about the Bauhaus and its visionary leading lights a century on

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4 | NEW STATESMAN | 12-18 JULY 2019

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