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Staggering on

Why can't the New Statesman hang on to readers or editors? The magazine's difficulties are symptomatic of broader problems within the British left

By David Herman   March 2008

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Is the New Statesman in crisis? The departure of its editor John Kampfner means that the political weekly has had seven editors in just over 20 years and its circulation is still hovering close to 23,000—the figure in 1996 when Geoffrey Robinson bought the magazine. Perhaps most serious of all, the Statesman has ceased to matter. When was the last time you heard someone discussing an article they had read, or the magazine itself?

This may seem severe. After all, since its redesign in 2006, the magazine looks more inviting than it…

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