Amol Rajan

Amol Rajan was appointed editor of The Independent in June 2013. He was previously Editor of Independent Voices, a comment, campaigns and community platform across print and digital. He was earlier Deputy Comment Editor, Sports News Correspondent and News Reporter. He writes a restaurant column for The Independent on Sunday, and has a column in the Evening Standard (Thursdays). He presents ‘Power Lunch’ on London Live TV (Thursdays), a one-to-one interview with the most influential people in the capital. Previously, Amol worked on Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff, and at the Foreign Office. He is currently a trustee of Prospex, a charity for young people in Islington. He has also written a book called ‘Twirlymen: the Unlikely History of Cricket’s Greatest Spin Bowlers’.

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Letter from the Editor: Bush vs Clinton: not a sequel that America needs

So it will be Bush vs Clinton all over again after all. Not that anyone had much doubt, but this week American media reported Jeb Bush had resigned all his private sector board positions in anticipation of a bid for the White House.

Two tribes: if Hillary Clinton runs against Jeb Bush it will continue a political dynasty stretching back 30 years

Bush vs Clinton: The Sequel is not what America needs

Let’s hope US politics can see beyond its two great modern dynasties

Letter from the Editor: Global influences have made our lives unpredictable

A couple of years ago, I met Sir John Major quite by chance at a book launch. The Coalition Government was enduring an especially torrid week, so I asked him what he made of its travails. He said he felt overwhelmed with sympathy.

Letter from the Editor: We don't seek to offend, but we can't sugar-coat the news

The horror in Peshawar this week revived some familiar arguments about how much blood newspapers should show, especially on their front page.

The Normandy Arms, restaurant review: Devon pub is a grilling short of heavenly perfection

Chapel Street, Blackawton, Devon, Tel: 01803 712 884

Letter from the Editor: Our view of MPs has been tested to breaking point

Over the past few parliaments, the reputation of our MPs has taken a battering. The sleazy 1990s were followed by the Iraq War, launched on shoddy intelligence, and against which a million of us marched, to no avail.

Garrison Sergeant Major, Andrew Stephens, lowers the Union flag for the last time at Kandahar Air base

Letter from the Editor: We owe a debt to those who risk their lives in war

For the past couple of weeks I have written about this newspaper’s response to the centenary of the Great War. Your response to the publication of A History of the Great War in 100 Moments, a daily series that we have now made available in book form, has been extraordinary: so much so, in fact, that we may have to print more copies for you. (Luckily this isn’t a problem when it comes to the ebook.)

L'Anima: Restaurant review

Amol Rajan fears that L'Anima's City location endangers the soul of celebrated chef Francesco Mazzei

Letter from the Editor: The driving force of our campaigns is your generosity

I know some of you were annoyed by the advertisement wrapped around our front page yesterday: John Dakin (from Dunstable), Mark Albrow (Hampton), Viv Pert (London) and Alan Broadhurst (Nottingham) were among those who wrote in.

Members of the Great War Society in Bovington are showered with poppies during the day's commemorations

Letter from the Editor: A wonderful way to remember all our fallen heroes

Remembrance matters hugely to this newspaper, and I know from my mailbag how much it matters to all of you

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