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John Lloyd recalls an unhappy time as New Statesman editor and considers the latest attempt to revive it

By John Lloyd   May 1996

A little under ten years ago, soon after becoming editor of the New Statesman, I received through the post-in a plain brown envelope, naturally-a document entitled: “The Twots.” There was no covering note; it had been professionally typed and was 25 pages long. It was signed by Anthony Barnett.

Barnett, a founding member of Charter 88, had been a candidate for the editorship of the NS; his defeat had prompted him to write “The Twots.” (The curious title derived from a comment by Peter Preston, then editor of the Guardian; Barnett had shown Preston his plans for the NS, which…

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