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The Staggers in crisis

By Tom Nuttall  

What’s happening at the New Statesman? Despite a handsome, and very expensive, relaunch back in 2006, the magazine’s circulation continues to stagnate—in the last round of ABC audits it was even overtaken by some rag called Prospect—and the recent departure of John Kampfner means the magazine has been through seven editors in 20 years.

Yet while the Staggers has, well, staggered, the magazine’s counterpart on the right, the Spectator, has flourished, selling almost three times as many copies. Some take this to be a sign that the NS has simply failed to shake off its slightly fusty, Fabiany image and…

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