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New Statesman

This article is about the British magazine. For other uses, see New Statesman (disambiguation).

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 was connected then with Sidney and Beatrice Webb and other leading members of the socialist Fabian Society, such as George Bernard Shaw, who was a founding director.

New Statesman
February 2017 cover issue
EditorJason Cowley
CategoriesPolitics, geopolitics, books and culture and foreign affairs
FrequencyWeekly
Total circulation
(2020)
36,591
FounderSidney and Beatrice Webb
Year founded1913; 108 years ago (1913)
First issue 12 April 1913 (12 April 1913-month)
CountryUnited Kingdom
Based inLondon
LanguageEnglish
Websitewww.newstatesman.com
ISSN1364-7431
OCLC4588945

Today, the magazine is a print-digital hybrid. According to its present self-description, it has a liberal and progressive political position. Jason Cowley, the magazine's editor, has described the New Statesman as a publication "of the left, for the left" but also as "a political and literary magazine" with "sceptical" politics.

The magazine was founded by members of the Fabian Society as a weekly review of politics and literature. The longest-serving editor was Kingsley Martin (1930–1960), and the current editor is Jason Cowley, who assumed the post in 2008.

The magazine has recognised and published new writers and critics, as well as encouraged major careers. Its contributors have included John Maynard Keynes, Bertrand Russell, Virginia Woolf, Christopher Hitchens, and Paul Johnson. Historically, the magazine was affectionately referred to as "The Staggers" because of its crises of funding, ownership, and circulation. The nickname is now used as the title of its politics blog.

Circulation was at its highest in the 1960s[page needed] but has surged again in recent years. In 2016, the certified average circulation was 36,591. Traffic to the magazine's website that year reached a new high with 27 million page views and four million distinct users. Associated websites are CityMetric, Spotlight and NewStatesman Tech. In 2018, New Statesman America was launched.

Contents

Early years

The first issue of the New Statesman, 12 April 1913

The New Statesman was founded in 1913 by Sidney and Beatrice Webb with the support of George Bernard Shaw and other prominent members of the Fabian Society. The Fabians previously had supported The New Age but that journal by 1912 had moved away from supporting Fabian politics and issues such as women's suffrage. The first editor of the New Statesman was Clifford Sharp, who remained editor until 1928. Desmond MacCarthy joined the paper in 1913 and became literary editor, recruiting Cyril Connolly to the staff in 1928. J.C. Squire edited the magazine when Sharp was on wartime duties during the First World War.

In November 1914, three months after the beginning of the war, the New Statesmen published a lengthy anti-war supplement by Shaw, "Common Sense About The War", a scathing dissection of its causes, which castigated all nations involved but particularly savaged the British. It sold a phenomenal 75,000 copies by the end of the year and created an international sensation. The New York Times reprinted it as America began its lengthy debate on entering what was then called "the European War".

During Sharp's last two years in the post, from around 1926, he was debilitated by chronic alcoholism and the paper was actually edited by his deputy Charles Mostyn Lloyd. Although the Webbs and most Fabians were closely associated with the Labour Party, Sharp was drawn increasingly to the Asquith Liberals.

Lloyd stood in after Sharp's departure until the appointment of Kingsley Martin as editor in 1930 – a position Martin was to hold for 30 years.

1931–1960: Kingsley Martin

In 1931 the New Statesman merged with the Liberal weekly The Nation and Athenaeum and changed its name to the New Statesman and Nation, which it kept until 1964. The chairman of The Nation and Athenaeum's board was the economist John Maynard Keynes, who came to be an important influence on the newly merged paper, which started with a circulation of just under 13,000. It also absorbed The Week-end Review in 1934 (one element of which survives in the shape of the New Statesman's Weekly Competition, and the other the "This England" feature). The Competition feature, in which readers submitted jokes and often parodies and pastiches of the work of famous authors, became one of the most famous parts of the magazine. Most famously, Graham Greene won second prize in a challenge to parody his own work.

During the 1930s, Martin's New Statesman moved markedly to the left politically. It became strongly anti-fascist and pacifist, opposing British rearmament. After the 1938 Anschluss, Martin wrote: "Today if Mr. Chamberlain would come forward and tell us that his policy was really one not only of isolation but also of Little Englandism in which the Empire was to be given up because it could not be defended and in which military defence was to be abandoned because war would totally end civilization, we for our part would wholeheartedly support him."

The magazine provoked further controversy with its coverage of Joseph Stalin's Soviet Union. In 1932, Keynes reviewed Martin's book on the Soviet Union, Low's Russian Sketchbook. Keynes argued that Martin was "a little too full perhaps of good will" towards Stalin, and that any doubts about Stalin's rule had "been swallowed down if possible". Martin was irritated by Keynes's article but still allowed it to be printed. In a 17 September 1932 editorial, the magazine accused the British Conservative press of misrepresenting the Soviet Union's agricultural policy but added that "the serious nature of the food situation is no secret and no invention". The magazine defended the Soviet collectivisation policy, but also said the policy had "proceeded far too quickly and lost the cooperation of farmers". In 1934 it ran an interview with Stalin by H. G. Wells. Although sympathetic to aspects of the Soviet Union, he disagreed with Stalin on several issues. The debate resulted in several more articles in the magazine; in one of them, George Bernard Shaw accused Wells of being disrespectful to Stalin during the interview.

In 1938 came Martin's refusal to publish George Orwell's celebrated dispatches from Barcelona during the Spanish civil war because they criticised the communists for suppressing the anarchists and the left-wing Workers' Party of Marxist Unification (POUM). "It is an unfortunate fact", Martin wrote to Orwell, "that any hostile criticism of the present Russian regime is liable to be taken as propaganda against socialism". Martin also refused to allow any of the magazine's writers to review Leon Trotsky's anti-Stalinist book The Revolution Betrayed.

Martin became more critical of Stalin after the Hitler-Stalin pact, claiming Stalin was "adopting the familiar technique of the Fuhrer", and adding: "Like Hitler, he [Stalin] has a contempt for all arguments except that of superior force." The magazine also condemned the Soviet Invasion of Finland.

Circulation grew enormously under Martin's editorship, reaching 70,000 by the end of the Second World War. This number helped the magazine become a key player in Labour politics. The paper welcomed Labour's 1945 general election victory but took a critical line on the new government's foreign policy. The young Labour MP Richard Crossman, who had become an assistant editor of the magazine before the war, was Martin's chief lieutenant in this period, and the Statesman published Keep Left, the pamphlet written by Crossman, Michael Foot and Ian Mikardo, that most succinctly laid out the Labour left's proposals for a "third force" foreign policy rather than alliance with the United States.

During the 1950s, the New Statesman remained a left critic of British foreign and defence policy and of the Labour leadership of Hugh Gaitskell, although Martin never got on personally with Aneurin Bevan, the leader of the anti-Gaitskellite Labour faction. The magazine opposed the Korean War, and an article by J. B. Priestley directly led to the founding of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.[citation needed]

There was much less focus on a single political line in the back part of the paper, which was devoted to book reviews and articles on cultural topics. Indeed, with these pages managed by Janet Adam Smith, who was literary editor from 1952 to 1960, the paper was sometimes described as a pantomime horse: its back half was required reading even for many who disagreed with the paper's politics. This tradition would continue into the 1960s with Karl Miller as Smith's replacement.

1960–1996: After Kingsley Martin

Martin retired in 1960 and was replaced as editor by John Freeman, a politician and journalist who had resigned from the Labour government in 1951 along with Bevan and Harold Wilson. Freeman left in 1965 and was followed in the chair by Paul Johnson, then on the left, under whose editorship the Statesman reached its highest ever circulation. For some, even enemies of Johnson such as Richard Ingrams, this was a strong period for the magazine editorially.

After Johnson's departure in 1970, the Statesman went into a long period of declining circulation under successive editors: Richard Crossman (1970–72), who tried to edit it at the same time as playing a major role in Labour politics; Anthony Howard (1972–78), whose recruits to the paper included Christopher Hitchens, Martin Amis and James Fenton (surprisingly, the arch anti-Socialist Auberon Waugh was writing for the Statesman at this time before returning to The Spectator); Bruce Page (1978–82), who moved the paper towards specialising in investigative journalism, sacking Arthur Marshall, who had been writing for the Statesman on and off since 1935, as a columnist, allegedly because of the latter's support for Margaret Thatcher; Hugh Stephenson (1982–86), under whom it took a strong position again for unilateral nuclear disarmament; John Lloyd (1986–87), who swung the paper's politics back to the centre; Stuart Weir (1987–90), under whose editorship the Statesman founded the Charter 88 constitutional reform pressure group; and Steve Platt (1990–96).

The Statesman acquired the weekly New Society in 1988 and merged with it, becoming New Statesman and Society for the next eight years, then reverting to the old title, having meanwhile absorbed Marxism Today in 1991. In 1993, the Statesman was sued by Prime Minister John Major after it published an article discussing rumours that Major was having an extramarital affair with a Downing Street caterer. Although the action was settled out of court for a minimal sum, the magazine's legal costs almost led to its closure.

In 1994, KGB defector Yuri Shvets said that the KGB utilised the New Statesman to spread disinformation. Shvets said that the KGB had provided disinformation, including forged documents, to the New Statesman journalist Claudia Wright which she used for anti-American and anti-Israel stories in line with the KGB's campaigns. By 1996 the magazine was selling 23,000 copies a week. New Statesman was the first periodical to go online, hosted by the www.cleanroom.co.uk, in 1995.

Since 1996

The New Statesman was rescued from near-bankruptcy by a takeover by businessman Philip Jeffrey but in 1996, after prolonged boardroom wrangling over Jeffrey's plans, it was sold to Geoffrey Robinson, the Labour MP and businessman. Following Steve Platt's resignation, Robinson appointed a former editor of The Independent, Ian Hargreaves, on what was at the time an unprecedentedly high salary. Hargreaves fired most of the left-wingers on the staff and turned the Statesman into a strong supporter of Tony Blair's leadership of the Labour Party.

Hargreaves was succeeded by Peter Wilby, also from the Independent stable, who had previously been the Statesmans books editor, in 1998. Wilby attempted to reposition the paper back "on the left". His stewardship was not without controversy. In 2002, for example, the periodical was accused of antisemitism when it published an investigative cover story on the power of the "Zionist lobby" in Britain, under the title "A Kosher Conspiracy?". The cover was illustrated with a gold Star of David resting on a Union Jack. Wilby responded to the criticisms in a subsequent issue. During Wilby's seven-year tenure, the New Statesman moved from making a financial loss to having a good operating profit, though circulation only remained steady at around 23,000.

John Kampfner, Wilby's political editor, succeeded him as editor in May 2005 following considerable internal lobbying[citation needed]. Under Kampfner's editorship, a relaunch in 2006 initially saw headline circulation climb to over 30,000. However, over 5,000 of these were apparently monitored free copies, and Kampfner failed to maintain the 30,000 circulation he had pledged. In February 2008, Audit Bureau Circulation figures showed that circulation had plunged nearly 13% in 2007. Kampfner resigned on 13 February 2008, the day before the ABC figures were made public, reportedly due to conflicts with Robinson over the magazine's marketing budget (which Robinson had apparently slashed in reaction to the fall in circulation).

In April 2008, Geoffrey Robinson sold a 50% interest in the magazine to businessman Mike Danson, and the remainder a year later. The appointment of the new editor Jason Cowley was announced on 16 May 2008, but he did not take up the job until the end of September 2008.

In January 2009, the magazine refused to recognise the National Union of Journalists, the trade union to which almost of all its journalists belonged, though further discussions were promised but never materialised.

Cowley was named current affairs editor of the year at the British Society of Magazine Editors awards in 2009, and in 2011 he was named editor of the year in the Newspaper & Current Affairs Magazine Category at the British Society of Magazine Editors awards, while Jon Bernstein, the deputy editor, gained the award for Consumer Website Editor of the Year. Cowley had been shortlisted as Editor of the Year (consumer magazines) in the 2012 PPA (Professional Publishers Association) Awards. He was also shortlisted for the European Press Prize editing award in January 2013, when the awards committee said: "Cowley has succeeded in revitalising the New Statesman and re-establishing its position as an influential political and cultural weekly. He has given the New Statesman an edge and a relevance to current affairs it hasn’t had for years."

The magazine published a 186-page centenary special in April 2013, the largest single issue in its history. It also published two special editions (250 and 150 pages), showcasing 100 years of the best and boldest journalism from its archives. In the following year it expanded its web presence by establishing two new websites: May2015.com, a polling data site focused on the 2015 general election, and CityMetric, a cities magazine site under the tagline, "Urbanism for the social media age" and edited by Jonn Elledge.

It was announced in December 2016 that the Weekend Competition, a feature inherited from The Week-end Review, would be discontinued, for reasons of space.

As of 2020, the New Statesman considers itself a "print-digital hybrid" with peak online traffic of over 4 million unique visitors per month, almost a four-fold increase since 2011. This compares to the magazine's overall circulation of 36,591, and paid-for circulation of 34,451 as of January 2021, the highest level for 40 years.

At the 2020 British Society of Magazine Editors (BSME) awards, editor Jason Cowley was named Current Affairs and Politics editor of the year for the fourth time, defeating rivals from The Spectator, The Big Issue and Prospect. "In increasingly tribal times, Jason Cowley continues to champion independence of thought and diversity of opinion, challenging his audience and producing a magazine that’s imaginative, unpredictable and interesting," the BSME judges said on presenting the award.

The magazine's Spotlight series (which publishes specialist business content) also won the Launch of the Year award, with judges describing the supplements as a "great example of monetising a brand without losing its integrity".

The New Statesman took a neutral position in the 2019 general election. It was the first time in the magazine's history it had explicitly chosen not to endorse Labour.

In March 2009 the magazine had its first guest editor, Alastair Campbell, the former head of communications for Tony Blair. Campbell chose to feature his partner Fiona Millar, Tony Blair (in an article "Why we must all do God"), football manager Alex Ferguson, and Sarah Brown, the wife of Prime Minister Gordon Brown. This editorship was condemned by Suzanne Moore, a contributor to the magazine for twenty years. She wrote in a Mail on Sunday article: "New Statesman fiercely opposed the Iraq war and yet now hands over the reins to someone key in orchestrating that conflict".[deprecated source?] Campbell responded: "I had no idea she worked for the New Statesman. I don't read the Mail on Sunday. But professing commitment to leftwing values in that rightwing rag lends a somewhat weakened credibility to anything she says."

In September 2009, the magazine was guest-edited by Labour politician Ken Livingstone, the former mayor of London.

In October 2010, the magazine was guest-edited by British author and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg. The issue included a previously unpublished poem by Ted Hughes, "Last letter", describing what happened during the three days leading up to the suicide of his first wife, the poet Sylvia Plath. Its first line is: "What happened that night? Your final night."—and the poem ends with the moment Hughes is informed of his wife's death.

In April 2011, the magazine was guest-edited by human rights activist Jemima Khan. The issue featured a series of exclusives including the actor Hugh Grant's secret recording of former News of the World journalist Paul McMullan, and a much-commented-on interview with Liberal Democrat leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, in which Clegg admitted that he "cries regularly to music" and that his nine-year-old son asked him, "'Why are the students angry with you, Papa?'"

In June 2011, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, created a furore as guest editor by claiming that the Coalition government had introduced "radical, long term policies for which no one had voted" and in doing so had created "anxiety and anger" among many in the country. He was accused of being highly partisan, notwithstanding his having invited Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary to write an article and having interviewed the Foreign Secretary William Hague in the same edition. He also noted that the Labour Party had failed to offer an alternative to what he called "associational socialism". The Statesman promoted the edition on the basis of Williams' alleged attack on the government, whereas Williams himself had ended his article by asking for "a democracy capable of real argument about shared needs and hopes and real generosity".

In December 2011 the magazine was guest-edited by Richard Dawkins. The issue included the writer Christopher Hitchens's final interview, conducted by Dawkins in Texas, and pieces by Bill Gates, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett and Philip Pullman.

In October 2012 the magazine was guest-edited by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei and, for the first time, published simultaneously in Mandarin (in digital form) and English. To evade China's internet censors, the New Statesman uploaded the issue to file-sharing sites such as BitTorrent. As well as writing that week's editorial, Ai Weiwei interviewed the Chinese civil rights activist Chen Guangcheng, who fled to the United States after exposing the use of compulsory abortions and sterilisations. The issue was launched on 19 October 2012 at the Lisson Gallery in London, where speakers including artist Anish Kapoor and lawyer Mark Stephens paid tribute to Ai Weiwei.

In October 2013 the magazine was guest-edited by Russell Brand, with contributions from David Lynch, Noel Gallagher, Naomi Klein, Rupert Everett, Amanda Palmer, and Alec Baldwin, as well as an essay by Brand.

In October 2014, the magazine was guest-edited by the artist Grayson Perry, whose essay titled "Default Man" was widely discussed.

The former British prime minister Gordon Brown guest-edited the magazine in 2016, a special edition exploring Britain's relationship with Europe ahead of the EU referendum. Contributors to the issue included the Nobel laureate Amartya Sen and Michael Sandel.

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New Statesman Language Watch Edit This article is about the British magazine For other uses see New Statesman disambiguation The New Statesman is a British political and cultural magazine published in London 2 Founded as a weekly review of politics and literature on 12 April 1913 it was connected then with Sidney and Beatrice Webb and other leading members of the socialist Fabian Society such as George Bernard Shaw who was a founding director New StatesmanFebruary 2017 cover issueEditorJason CowleyCategoriesPolitics geopolitics books and culture and foreign affairsFrequencyWeeklyTotal circulation 2020 36 591 1 FounderSidney and Beatrice WebbYear founded1913 108 years ago 1913 First issue 12 April 1913 12 April 1913 month CountryUnited KingdomBased inLondonLanguageEnglishWebsitewww wbr newstatesman wbr comISSN1364 7431OCLC4588945 Today the magazine is a print digital hybrid According to its present self description it has a liberal and progressive political position 3 Jason Cowley the magazine s editor has described the New Statesman as a publication of the left for the left 4 but also as a political and literary magazine with sceptical politics 5 The magazine was founded by members of the Fabian Society as a weekly review of politics and literature The longest serving editor was Kingsley Martin 1930 1960 and the current editor is Jason Cowley who assumed the post in 2008 The magazine has recognised and published new writers and critics as well as encouraged major careers Its contributors have included John Maynard Keynes Bertrand Russell Virginia Woolf Christopher Hitchens and Paul Johnson Historically the magazine was affectionately referred to as The Staggers because of its crises of funding ownership and circulation The nickname is now used as the title of its politics blog 6 Circulation was at its highest in the 1960s 7 page needed but has surged again in recent years 8 In 2016 the certified average circulation was 36 591 9 Traffic to the magazine s website that year reached a new high with 27 million page views and four million distinct users 10 Associated websites are CityMetric Spotlight and NewStatesman Tech 11 In 2018 New Statesman America was launched Contents 1 History 1 1 Early years 1 2 1931 1960 Kingsley Martin 1 3 1960 1996 After Kingsley Martin 1 4 Since 1996 2 Guest editors 3 List of editors 4 See also 5 References 6 Further reading 7 External linksHistory EditEarly years Edit The first issue of the New Statesman 12 April 1913 The New Statesman was founded in 1913 by Sidney and Beatrice Webb with the support of George Bernard Shaw and other prominent members of the Fabian Society 12 The Fabians previously had supported The New Age but that journal by 1912 had moved away from supporting Fabian politics and issues such as women s suffrage The first editor of the New Statesman was Clifford Sharp who remained editor until 1928 Desmond MacCarthy joined the paper in 1913 and became literary editor recruiting Cyril Connolly to the staff in 1928 J C Squire edited the magazine when Sharp was on wartime duties during the First World War In November 1914 three months after the beginning of the war the New Statesmen published a lengthy anti war supplement by Shaw Common Sense About The War 13 a scathing dissection of its causes which castigated all nations involved but particularly savaged the British It sold a phenomenal 75 000 copies by the end of the year and created an international sensation The New York Times reprinted it as America began its lengthy debate on entering what was then called the European War 14 During Sharp s last two years in the post from around 1926 he was debilitated by chronic alcoholism and the paper was actually edited by his deputy Charles Mostyn Lloyd Although the Webbs and most Fabians were closely associated with the Labour Party Sharp was drawn increasingly to the Asquith Liberals 15 Lloyd stood in after Sharp s departure until the appointment of Kingsley Martin as editor in 1930 a position Martin was to hold for 30 years 1931 1960 Kingsley Martin Edit In 1931 the New Statesman merged with the Liberal weekly The Nation and Athenaeum and changed its name to the New Statesman and Nation which it kept until 1964 The chairman of The Nation and Athenaeum s board was the economist John Maynard Keynes who came to be an important influence on the newly merged paper which started with a circulation of just under 13 000 It also absorbed The Week end Review in 1934 one element of which survives in the shape of the New Statesman s Weekly Competition and the other the This England feature The Competition feature in which readers submitted jokes and often parodies and pastiches of the work of famous authors became one of the most famous parts of the magazine 16 Most famously Graham Greene won second prize in a challenge to parody his own work During the 1930s Martin s New Statesman moved markedly to the left politically It became strongly anti fascist and pacifist opposing British rearmament 17 After the 1938 Anschluss Martin wrote Today if Mr Chamberlain would come forward and tell us that his policy was really one not only of isolation but also of Little Englandism in which the Empire was to be given up because it could not be defended and in which military defence was to be abandoned because war would totally end civilization we for our part would wholeheartedly support him 18 The magazine provoked further controversy with its coverage of Joseph Stalin s Soviet Union In 1932 Keynes reviewed Martin s book on the Soviet Union Low s Russian Sketchbook Keynes argued that Martin was a little too full perhaps of good will towards Stalin and that any doubts about Stalin s rule had been swallowed down if possible 19 Martin was irritated by Keynes s article but still allowed it to be printed 19 In a 17 September 1932 editorial the magazine accused the British Conservative press of misrepresenting the Soviet Union s agricultural policy but added that the serious nature of the food situation is no secret and no invention The magazine defended the Soviet collectivisation policy but also said the policy had proceeded far too quickly and lost the cooperation of farmers 20 In 1934 it ran an interview with Stalin by H G Wells Although sympathetic to aspects of the Soviet Union he disagreed with Stalin on several issues 19 The debate resulted in several more articles in the magazine in one of them George Bernard Shaw accused Wells of being disrespectful to Stalin during the interview 19 In 1938 came Martin s refusal to publish George Orwell s celebrated dispatches from Barcelona during the Spanish civil war because they criticised the communists for suppressing the anarchists and the left wing Workers Party of Marxist Unification POUM It is an unfortunate fact Martin wrote to Orwell that any hostile criticism of the present Russian regime is liable to be taken as propaganda against socialism 21 Martin also refused to allow any of the magazine s writers to review Leon Trotsky s anti Stalinist book The Revolution Betrayed 22 Martin became more critical of Stalin after the Hitler Stalin pact claiming Stalin was adopting the familiar technique of the Fuhrer and adding Like Hitler he Stalin has a contempt for all arguments except that of superior force 23 The magazine also condemned the Soviet Invasion of Finland 24 Circulation grew enormously under Martin s editorship reaching 70 000 by the end of the Second World War This number helped the magazine become a key player in Labour politics The paper welcomed Labour s 1945 general election victory but took a critical line on the new government s foreign policy The young Labour MP Richard Crossman who had become an assistant editor of the magazine before the war was Martin s chief lieutenant in this period and the Statesman published Keep Left the pamphlet written by Crossman Michael Foot and Ian Mikardo that most succinctly laid out the Labour left s proposals for a third force foreign policy rather than alliance with the United States During the 1950s the New Statesman remained a left critic of British foreign and defence policy and of the Labour leadership of Hugh Gaitskell although Martin never got on personally with Aneurin Bevan the leader of the anti Gaitskellite Labour faction The magazine opposed the Korean War and an article by J B Priestley directly led to the founding of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament citation needed There was much less focus on a single political line in the back part of the paper which was devoted to book reviews and articles on cultural topics Indeed with these pages managed by Janet Adam Smith who was literary editor from 1952 to 1960 the paper was sometimes described as a pantomime horse its back half was required reading even for many who disagreed with the paper s politics This tradition would continue into the 1960s with Karl Miller as Smith s replacement 1960 1996 After Kingsley Martin Edit Martin retired in 1960 and was replaced as editor by John Freeman a politician and journalist who had resigned from the Labour government in 1951 along with Bevan and Harold Wilson Freeman left in 1965 and was followed in the chair by Paul Johnson then on the left under whose editorship the Statesman reached its highest ever circulation For some even enemies of Johnson such as Richard Ingrams this was a strong period for the magazine editorially After Johnson s departure in 1970 the Statesman went into a long period of declining circulation under successive editors Richard Crossman 1970 72 who tried to edit it at the same time as playing a major role in Labour politics Anthony Howard 1972 78 whose recruits to the paper included Christopher Hitchens Martin Amis and James Fenton surprisingly the arch anti Socialist Auberon Waugh was writing for the Statesman at this time before returning to The Spectator Bruce Page 1978 82 who moved the paper towards specialising in investigative journalism sacking Arthur Marshall who had been writing for the Statesman on and off since 1935 as a columnist allegedly because of the latter s support for Margaret Thatcher Hugh Stephenson 1982 86 under whom it took a strong position again for unilateral nuclear disarmament John Lloyd 1986 87 who swung the paper s politics back to the centre Stuart Weir 1987 90 under whose editorship the Statesman founded the Charter 88 constitutional reform pressure group and Steve Platt 1990 96 The Statesman acquired the weekly New Society in 1988 and merged with it becoming New Statesman and Society for the next eight years then reverting to the old title having meanwhile absorbed Marxism Today in 1991 In 1993 the Statesman was sued by Prime Minister John Major after it published an article discussing rumours that Major was having an extramarital affair with a Downing Street caterer 25 Although the action was settled out of court for a minimal sum 26 the magazine s legal costs almost led to its closure 27 In 1994 KGB defector Yuri Shvets said that the KGB utilised the New Statesman to spread disinformation Shvets said that the KGB had provided disinformation including forged documents to the New Statesman journalist Claudia Wright which she used for anti American and anti Israel stories in line with the KGB s campaigns 28 29 By 1996 the magazine was selling 23 000 copies a week New Statesman was the first periodical to go online hosted by the www cleanroom co uk in 1995 30 Since 1996 Edit The New Statesman was rescued from near bankruptcy by a takeover by businessman Philip Jeffrey but in 1996 after prolonged boardroom wrangling 31 over Jeffrey s plans it was sold to Geoffrey Robinson the Labour MP and businessman Following Steve Platt s resignation Robinson appointed a former editor of The Independent Ian Hargreaves on what was at the time an unprecedentedly high salary Hargreaves fired most of the left wingers on the staff and turned the Statesman into a strong supporter of Tony Blair s leadership of the Labour Party 32 Hargreaves was succeeded by Peter Wilby also from the Independent stable who had previously been the Statesman s books editor in 1998 Wilby attempted to reposition the paper back on the left His stewardship was not without controversy In 2002 for example the periodical was accused of antisemitism when it published an investigative cover story on the power of the Zionist lobby in Britain under the title A Kosher Conspiracy 33 The cover was illustrated with a gold Star of David resting on a Union Jack Wilby responded to the criticisms in a subsequent issue 34 During Wilby s seven year tenure the New Statesman moved from making a financial loss to having a good operating profit though circulation only remained steady at around 23 000 32 John Kampfner Wilby s political editor succeeded him as editor in May 2005 following considerable internal lobbying citation needed Under Kampfner s editorship a relaunch in 2006 initially saw headline circulation climb to over 30 000 However over 5 000 of these were apparently monitored free copies 35 and Kampfner failed to maintain the 30 000 circulation he had pledged In February 2008 Audit Bureau Circulation figures showed that circulation had plunged nearly 13 in 2007 36 Kampfner resigned on 13 February 2008 the day before the ABC figures were made public reportedly due to conflicts with Robinson over the magazine s marketing budget which Robinson had apparently slashed in reaction to the fall in circulation In April 2008 Geoffrey Robinson sold a 50 interest in the magazine to businessman Mike Danson and the remainder a year later 37 The appointment of the new editor Jason Cowley was announced on 16 May 2008 but he did not take up the job until the end of September 2008 38 In January 2009 the magazine refused to recognise the National Union of Journalists the trade union to which almost of all its journalists belonged though further discussions were promised but never materialised 39 Cowley was named current affairs editor of the year at the British Society of Magazine Editors awards in 2009 40 and in 2011 he was named editor of the year in the Newspaper amp Current Affairs Magazine Category at the British Society of Magazine Editors awards while Jon Bernstein the deputy editor gained the award for Consumer Website Editor of the Year 41 Cowley had been shortlisted as Editor of the Year consumer magazines in the 2012 PPA Professional Publishers Association Awards 42 He was also shortlisted for the European Press Prize editing award in January 2013 when the awards committee said Cowley has succeeded in revitalising the New Statesman and re establishing its position as an influential political and cultural weekly He has given the New Statesman an edge and a relevance to current affairs it hasn t had for years 43 The magazine published a 186 page centenary special in April 2013 the largest single issue in its history It also published two special editions 250 and 150 pages showcasing 100 years of the best and boldest journalism from its archives In the following year it expanded its web presence by establishing two new websites May2015 com a polling data site focused on the 2015 general election and CityMetric a cities magazine site under the tagline Urbanism for the social media age and edited by Jonn Elledge It was announced in December 2016 that the Weekend Competition a feature inherited from The Week end Review would be discontinued for reasons of space As of 2020 the New Statesman considers itself a print digital hybrid with peak online traffic of over 4 million unique visitors per month almost a four fold increase since 2011 This compares to the magazine s overall circulation of 36 591 9 and paid for circulation of 34 451 as of January 2021 the highest level for 40 years 44 At the 2020 British Society of Magazine Editors BSME awards editor Jason Cowley was named Current Affairs and Politics editor of the year for the fourth time defeating rivals from The Spectator The Big Issue and Prospect In increasingly tribal times Jason Cowley continues to champion independence of thought and diversity of opinion challenging his audience and producing a magazine that s imaginative unpredictable and interesting the BSME judges said on presenting the award 45 The magazine s Spotlight series which publishes specialist business content also won the Launch of the Year award with judges describing the supplements as a great example of monetising a brand without losing its integrity 45 The New Statesman took a neutral position in the 2019 general election 46 It was the first time in the magazine s history it had explicitly chosen not to endorse Labour 47 Guest editors EditIn March 2009 the magazine had its first guest editor Alastair Campbell the former head of communications for Tony Blair Campbell chose to feature his partner Fiona Millar Tony Blair in an article Why we must all do God football manager Alex Ferguson and Sarah Brown the wife of Prime Minister Gordon Brown This editorship was condemned by Suzanne Moore a contributor to the magazine for twenty years She wrote in a Mail on Sunday article New Statesman fiercely opposed the Iraq war and yet now hands over the reins to someone key in orchestrating that conflict 48 deprecated source Campbell responded I had no idea she worked for the New Statesman I don t read the Mail on Sunday But professing commitment to leftwing values in that rightwing rag lends a somewhat weakened credibility to anything she says 49 In September 2009 the magazine was guest edited by Labour politician Ken Livingstone the former mayor of London 50 In October 2010 the magazine was guest edited by British author and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg The issue included a previously unpublished poem 51 by Ted Hughes Last letter describing what happened during the three days leading up to the suicide of his first wife the poet Sylvia Plath Its first line is What happened that night Your final night and the poem ends with the moment Hughes is informed of his wife s death In April 2011 the magazine was guest edited by human rights activist Jemima Khan The issue featured a series of exclusives including the actor Hugh Grant s secret recording 52 of former News of the World journalist Paul McMullan and a much commented on 53 interview 54 with Liberal Democrat leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in which Clegg admitted that he cries regularly to music and that his nine year old son asked him Why are the students angry with you Papa In June 2011 the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams created a furore as guest editor by claiming that the Coalition government had introduced radical long term policies for which no one had voted and in doing so had created anxiety and anger among many in the country He was accused of being highly partisan notwithstanding his having invited Iain Duncan Smith the Work and Pensions Secretary to write an article and having interviewed the Foreign Secretary William Hague in the same edition He also noted that the Labour Party had failed to offer an alternative to what he called associational socialism The Statesman promoted the edition on the basis of Williams alleged attack on the government whereas Williams himself had ended his article by asking for a democracy capable of real argument about shared needs and hopes and real generosity In December 2011 the magazine was guest edited by Richard Dawkins The issue included the writer Christopher Hitchens s final interview 55 conducted by Dawkins in Texas and pieces by Bill Gates Sam Harris Daniel Dennett and Philip Pullman In October 2012 the magazine was guest edited by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei 56 and for the first time published simultaneously in Mandarin in digital form and English To evade China s internet censors the New Statesman uploaded the issue to file sharing sites such as BitTorrent As well as writing that week s editorial 57 Ai Weiwei interviewed the Chinese civil rights activist Chen Guangcheng 58 who fled to the United States after exposing the use of compulsory abortions and sterilisations The issue was launched on 19 October 2012 at the Lisson Gallery in London 59 where speakers including artist Anish Kapoor and lawyer Mark Stephens paid tribute to Ai Weiwei In October 2013 the magazine was guest edited by Russell Brand with contributions from David Lynch Noel Gallagher Naomi Klein Rupert Everett Amanda Palmer and Alec Baldwin 60 as well as an essay by Brand 61 In October 2014 the magazine was guest edited by the artist Grayson Perry whose essay titled Default Man was widely discussed The former British prime minister Gordon Brown guest edited the magazine in 2016 a special edition exploring Britain s relationship with Europe ahead of the EU referendum Contributors to the issue included the Nobel laureate Amartya Sen and Michael Sandel List of editors EditClifford Sharp 1913 1928 Charles Mostyn Lloyd 1928 1931 Kingsley Martin 1931 1960 John Freeman 1961 1965 Paul Johnson 1965 1970 Richard Crossman 1970 1972 Anthony Howard 1972 1978 Bruce Page 1978 1982 Hugh Stephenson 1982 1986 John Lloyd 1986 1987 Stuart Weir 1987 1991 Steve Platt 1991 1996 Ian Hargreaves 1996 1998 Peter Wilby 1998 2005 John Kampfner 2005 2008 Sue Matthias acting editor 2008 Jason Cowley 2008 See also EditDenis Pitts G W StonierReferences Edit New Statesman PDF ABC 11 February 2021 Retrieved 12 February 2021 New Statesman British magazine Encyclopedia Britannica Retrieved 2 September 2018 About New Statesman New Statesman Retrieved 13 February 2017 Why the New Statesman is stubbornly resisting the lure of Corbynmania The Independent 29 November 2015 Retrieved 27 December 2019 Cowley Jason 26 April 2019 I thought that was very interesting and very revealing Worse they called the New Statesman a news magazine It s actually a political and literary magazine and its politics are sceptical https twitter com AdamBienkov status 1121671641879105536 JasonCowleyNS Retrieved 3 March 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Guardian Retrieved 16 February 2017 Sewell Dennis 14 January 2002 A Kosher Conspiracy New Statesman Retrieved 26 August 2009 Wilby Peter 11 February 2002 The New Statesman and anti Semitism New Statesman Retrieved 26 August 2009 Wilby Peter 18 February 2008 The Statesman staggers on The Guardian London Tryhorn Chris 14 February 2008 New Statesman sales plummet The Guardian London James Robinson Mike Danson takes full ownership of New Statesman Media The Guardian Retrieved 18 November 2016 Brook Stephen Jason Cowley named as New Statesman editor Media The Guardian Retrieved 18 November 2016 Amos Owen New Statesman management to discuss NUJ recognition Archived 16 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine UK Press Gazette 16 January 2009 Retrieved 4 February 2009 Sweney Mark Morgan Rees of Men s Health named editors editor at BSME awards Media The Guardian Retrieved 18 November 2016 BSME Archived from the original on 24 November 2011 Retrieved 18 November 2016 CS1 maint bot original URL status 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October 2012 To move on from oppression China must recognise itself New Statesman Retrieved 18 November 2016 Weiwei Ai 17 October 2012 Chen Guangcheng Facts have blood as evidence New Statesman Retrieved 18 November 2016 Reeves Rachel 19 October 2012 In pictures Ai Weiwei launch party New Statesman Retrieved 18 November 2016 Reeves Rachel 25 October 2013 In this week s New Statesman Russell Brand guest edit Newstatesman com Retrieved 18 November 2016 Brand Russell 24 October 2013 Russell Brand on revolution We no longer have the luxury of tradition New Statesman Retrieved 25 October 2013 Further reading EditHowe Stephen ed Lines of Dissent Writing from the New Statesman 1913 to 1988 Verso 1988 ISBN 0 86091 207 8 Hyams Edward The New Statesman The History of the First Fifty Years 1913 63 Longman 1963 Rolph C H ed Kingsley The Life Letters and Diaries of Kingsley Martin Victor Gollancz 1973 ISBN 0 575 01636 1 Smith Adrian The New Statesman Portrait of a Political Weekly 1913 1931 Frank 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