England

Rich Russians live all over Europe, and they spend a lot of money. If it wants to punish Putin, Europe has to persuade its citizens to forgo that cash.

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This piece first appeared on newstatesman.com. Since whoever we are (save for a few sad Leninists) we all agree with George Orwell, it usually follows that Orwell must agree with us. Whatever our 21st-century predilections, Tory or leftist, conservative or progressive, we discover blessings and endorsements somewhere in Orwell’s words. We grab him for ourselves.

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'The Selfish Giant': The Part of England Everyone Forgot

Clio Barnard's masterpiece about rural England

A masterpiece about rural, post-industrial England, based on an Oscar Wilde story.

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What killed England's anti-debt Country Party?

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What Happens When the British Stop Being Polite and Start Getting Real

Intimacy and the decline of manners in society

Is intimacy always a good thing? It has become customary to suggest that it is. But rather than being democratic, intimacy can be troublesome. Today we are obliged to be relaxed. Casualness is mistaken for fairness. The idea that each of us should do what makes us feel comfortable does not result in other people’s comfort and hardly seems to improve our own. I’ll call this the paradox of laxity: to paraphrase the sociologist Norbert Elias, we are constrained to be unconstrained.

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Better Read Than Red

Infuriating and brilliant, the “New Statesman” turns 100

Infuriating and brilliant, the “New Statesman” turns 100.

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You’re a Good Man, Charlie Windsor

Sympathy for the forever prince

Sympathy for the forever prince.

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Downton's Third Act

Is the British Soap Stuck?

This season of "Downton Abbey" has had prostitutes, jilted brides, and tragic death. So why does it feel like nothing's happened?

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