The crassest New Statesman cover ever?

July 17, 2015 at 3:22 pm (anti-semitism, conspiracy theories, Jim D, misogyny, MPs, New Statesman, sexism, women)

Nicola Sturgeon and other female politicians have objected to the cover of the present issue of the New Statesman:

17-23rd July Issue

But is it the crassest ever New Statesman cover? Possibly not. Remember this, from 14 January 2002?

File:New Statesman cover January 14, 2002.jpg



  1. Mike Killingworth said,

    13 years! What a splendid example of hanging on to a resentment!

    • Jim Denham said,

      The NS (and especially Wilby) must never be allowed to forget.

      • Mike Killingworth said,

        It’s called obsession, Jim…

  2. ZINR said,

    No Mike, it’s called a Socialist standing firm against Antisemitism. I know it’s a rare sight in Britain these days but there are those of us who are grateful and reassured to see it

    • Mike Killingworth said,

      Do you think I’m an anti-Semite?

      • ZINR said,

        I wouldn’t have the first idea whether you are or not – I can guess however that you’re unlikely to believe antisemitic journalism is a form of racial hatred worthy of your attention…

        …you’ve read the Kosher Conspiracy issue, right? You’re aware of the content?

      • Mike Killingworth said,

        No, and I have other things to do with my life than read a 13-yar old magazine in order to please you. I do however note that you ignore the unconditional apology Wilby made for the cover. Presumably you have a reason for doing so.

  3. Steven Johnston said,

    Hang on, I hate antisemitism, but all they are asking is a question, as far as the cover goes. How can a cover that poses a question be offensive? As the answer can always be positive.

    • Glesga Keeping Scotland Free From Loonies said,

      Why ask the question in the first place. If some women do not want children or are unable to have children it is no ones business and a private matter. We all know where Pilger’s loyalties lie.

      • Mike Killingworth said,

        For any given individual woman, yes. For women collectively? That I should have thought a genuine matter of public interest.

      • Glesga Keeping Scotland Free From Loonies said,

        It may be in the interest of those selling a crap story and want to sell it as being in the public interest. It is the right of a woman and man to chose whether they want children without the scumbag media interferring.

    • ZINR said,

      Have you read the Kosher Conspiracy edition?

  4. Steven Johnston said,

    Simple answer, don’t buy it. I don’t by the NS anymore because it’s crap, they don’t allow their journalists to be members of the NUJ and it’s crap.
    But I agree with the Chartists, that anyone that has power over the workers, should be held up to scrutiny so that we can determine what motivates them.

  5. Steven Johnston said,

    I’ve not read the article, but for those that have did it just focus on the current crop of powerful political women or did it look at say Thatcher?
    I remember the left telling us her power was absolute and even she found time to have two children. Now, even they would accept she probably didn’t do a very good job at raising them.

  6. Laban said,

    It’s true that the higher level of education (a proxy for high intelligence) a woman has, the fewer children (on average) she has. Google ‘fertility and education’ for all sorts of academic studies.

    And high-level politics (or business) is a rough old game with long hours and a lot of foreign travel – not exactly compatible with raising kids. Strikes me the NS cover is just getting a story out of the bleedin’ obvious.

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