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Contents Free thinking since 1913

Battle for truth: Harry Lambert on the BBC’s future 22 City of prisoners: Andrew Hussey’s letter from Paris 30

Up Front

3 Leader 10 Correspondence


7 Stephen Bush on how Boris Johnson has benefited from the vaccine bounce 9 Emily Tamkin on how US foreign policy has always been dictated by self-interest 19 Sasha Swire writes this week’s Diary 21 Philip Collins on why he will miss lockdown 29 Louise Perry on genderneutral language in healthcare 34 Megan Nolan on how the Madonna-whore complex is still alive in straight men


12 In the Picture 13 Comment: Alex Niven on Keir Starmer and Generation Left 14 Commons Confidential: Kevin Maguire This week’s pick of the best gossip from Westminster 16 Encounter: George Eaton speaks to the US economist Stephanie Kelton 17 First Thoughts: Peter Wilby on Meghan Markle and why the Tories are no longer the party of business 18 Newsmaker: Kate Mossman on the downfall of Britney Spears


22 Harry Lambert on the BBC and impartiality in an era of political polarisation 30 Andrew Hussey on how the Parisian love of liberty has been challenged by the pandemic

The Critics: Books

36 Rowan Williams reviews two books that mark the 200th anniversary of the death of John Keats and finds the poet’s influence very much alive 39 Mark Cocker enjoys Casting Shadows, Tom Fort’s account of the British love of fishing 40 Philippa Nuttall Jones compares two contrasting ways to save our overheating planet by Bill Gates and Michael Mann 41 NS Recommends A selection of the best new reading 42 Lola Seaton on Consent by Vanessa Springora, a memoir of sexual abuse that shocked the French literary world 46 Samuel Earle explains why Franz Kafka is the perfect writer for these lockdown times 49 The NS Poem “Repair is a Failing Trade” by Ali Lewis

New Statesman Vol 150, No 5607 ISSN 1364-7431 USPS 382260

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