The Final Nail in the Coffin of the New Statesman’s ‘Liberal Values’


I have a short piece in this month’s issue of Standpoint where I discuss the recent revelations that the New Statesman’s senior editor (politics), Mehdi Hasan, has a rather low opinion of non-Muslims.

Above all, the Hasan episode should finally kill off all remaining pretensions that the New Statesman is a liberal outfit.  From John Pilger’s disgraceful apologia for the forces of Islamofascism after 7/7 to the framing of the Afghan war as an imperialist venture against noble goat herds and tribesmen, the magazine has clearly lost all sense of shame and must have figured that hiring a sectarian Muslim as one of its senior editors couldn’t possibly make them look any worse. They were wrong.

Bertrand Russell must be spinning in his grave.

An autumn note

“For many, the end of this uneasy year cannot come quickly enough”

An ordinary killing

Ian Cobain’s book uses the killing of Millar McAllister to paint a meticulous portrait of the Troubles

Greater—not wiser

John Mullan elucidates the genius of Charles Dickens