The New Statesman is a British political and cultural magazine published in London. Founded as a weekly review of politics and literature on 12 April 1913, it is celebrated for its progressive politics, scepticism, free thinking and the intelligence, range and quality of its writing.
The magazine has notably recognized and published new writers and critics, as well as encouraged major careers. Its contributors have included J M Keynes, Bertrand Russell, Virginia Woolf, Christopher Hitchens, Paul Johnson, Martin Amis, Suzanne Moore, Clive James and Will Self.
A long-standing and highly intelligent weekly affairs magazine from the UK, The New Statesman is essential for anyone who wishes to keep up to date with the goings-on in Britain and around the world.
The New Statesman covers politics, economics, culture, global current affairs and culture. Each issue features thought-provoking opinion pieces from a whole host of notable writers such as the inestimable Will Self, offering their views on an array of different topics.
The ‘Critics’ section offers reviews of books, television and culture, with each review bringing informed insight and evaluation of the culture concerned.
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I love the satire of New Statesman. If you have your finger on the pulse of world politics and current affairs but want to laugh at the latest impending crisis that will send us all spinning through orbit like a snooker ball, then New Statesman is a dreamy read. It’s for those of us who care about what goes on in the outer world whilst remembering not to take it all too seriously.
We’re all a bit bored of politics at the moment but it doesn’t make it any less interesting to see others’ opinion of what’s going on over here and in the US. For an industry that takes itself so seriously it’s refreshing that there is so much irreverence in the magazines that report it. New Statesman is about opinion without forcing views or values on the reader, and has always led in the line in having some terrific, thoughtful and prolific writers on board.