Simon Kelner

Simon Kelner was Editor of The Independent between 1998 and 2011. He writes a daily column for i.

What did Rochdale ever do to deserve Simon Danczuk’s tawdry saga?

Mr Danczuk has apologised for his actions, and went on to explain that, in the same way as some men may prefer blondes, he likes young women. For a man who did so much to expose Cyril Smith’s predatory behaviour, this was an unfortunate admission, to say the least

Hate New Year's Eve? Here's how to get through it unscathed

Driven to the edge by a classroom full of recalcitrant teenagers, my old maths teacher ended one lesson in total exasperation. “I’ve taught you everything I know,” he exclaimed. “And now you know nothing!” I knew what he was getting at, and his words are echoing in my head as I write this column in which I’m going to tell you everything I know about New Year’s Eve – lessons that have been learned the hard way through years of experience. I don’t, however, expect you to remember any of it once you put your dancing shoes on.

I'm not sure that I buy being sold a set of values

Yes, I know, if you can’t get a bit misty-eyed at Christmas, then when can you? However, John Lewis is, like Downton, selling us a set of values rather than a product, and I don’t know whether I buy it or not

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