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Contents Free thinking since 1913

Showdown: Paul Collier on the new battle of ideas 22 Disaffected: Dani Garavelli on the Alba Party 30

Up Front

3 Leader 10 Correspondence


7 Jason Cowley on football’s forgotten fans and what Labour is missing 9 Stephen Bush on how Boris Johnson’s political betrayals will eventually destroy him 18 Jeremy Cliffe on the impact of the pandemic in the Global South 19 Sasha Swire writes this week’s Diary 21 Philip Collins on why British business needs to drop the corporate jargon 29 Soumya Bhattacharya reports from India as Covid rips through the country 33 Louise Perry on the cultural reach of the US empire 38 Megan Nolan on a troubling rise in cosmetic procedures


12 In the Picture 13 Commentary: George Eaton on London’s existential crisis 14 Commons Confidential: Kevin Maguire This week’s pick of the best gossip from Westminster 16 Encounter: Sophie McBain speaks to the journalist and author John Colapinto about the power of the human voice 17 First Thoughts: Ailbhe Rea on whispers about Labour’s shadow chancellor and watching Northern Ireland from afar


22 Paul Collier on the function of society and how to rebuild it 30 Dani Garavelli asks how seriously we should take Scotland’s Alba Party 34 Kate Mossman speaks to Tom Jones, the patriarch of British show business

The Critics: Books

40 Thomas Meaney on Places of the Mind, Timothy Brennan’s biography of the divisive intellectual Edward Said 44 Sophie McBain considers Olivia Laing’s Everybody, a meditation on the nature of the body and freedom 46 Michael Brooks on quantum physics as a way of understanding reality, as explained by Carlo Rovelli in Helgoland 47 Hannah Rosefield on A Lonely Man by Chris Power 48 Erica Wagner remembers the poet and former New Statesman literary editor Anthony Thwaite 49 Reviewed in short A selection of notable new titles

New Statesman Vol 150, No 5617 ISSN 1364-7431 USPS 382260

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