Andy McSmith is a senior reporter at The Independent. He has vast experience in political journalism and has also appeared on documentaries for BBC Radio 4.
25 February 2014 01:41 AM
Professor Tim Congdon used to be one of the country’s leading Conservative economists. For five years, he was one of the “wise men” who made up the Treasury Panel – advisers to successive Conservative Chancellors – but seven years ago, he resigned from the party in disgust at its “badly-rationalised environmentalism” and joined Ukip.
16 February 2014 11:59 PM
Clegg sets out his terms for coalition with Labour
16 February 2014 11:59 PM
Universal credit recipients don’t appear in jobless figures, linked to jobseeker’s allowance
16 February 2014 08:30 PM
Mark Carney’s disclosure will strengthen calls for a mansion tax to prevent bubble
13 February 2014 07:03 PM
Members of Tony Blair’s political fan club did not disappear when their champion, David Miliband, lost the contest for the Labour leadership. They remained grouped around a think-tank called Progress, bankrolled by Lord Sainsbury, who was the party’s biggest individual donor in the Blair years.
12 February 2014 07:13 PM
Friday, as everyone knows, is St Valentine’s Day, a day for exchanging doe-eyed love messages and looking indulgently upon young lovers. That is unless you work for the nation’s top party pooper, Iain Duncan Smith, whose department has put out an extraordinary statement warning benefit claimants that if they fall in love on Valentine’s Day, they must tell IDS or one of his minions, or risk running foul of the law.
11 February 2014 06:56 PM
Among the most outspoken opponents of the proposed ban on smoking in cars in the presence of children is the Tory MP Dame Angela Watkinson, who protests that it cannot be enforced. “Are we going to have smoking police weaving in and out of traffic, looking in car windows?” she exclaimed in the Commons.
10 February 2014 11:42 PM
Aidan Burley, 35, the soon to be ex-Tory MP for Cannock Chase, has denied a Mail on Sunday story that he was leant on by Downing Street to quit Parliament. He has told his local paper, the Express and Star, that David Cameron “asked me to stay on”. I am trying to imagine the conversation.
Andy McSmith's Diary: Kevin Pietersen, halfwit or genius? Well Piers Morgan is the man who should know
06 February 2014 08:11 PM
Here is something to cheer up Kevin Pietersen as he contemplates the end of his career as an England cricketer: David Cameron thinks he is good at “tonking”. Speaking on BBC Lancashire, the Prime Minister declared himself to be “an enormous fan”, adding: “Some of my most enjoyable times have been watching him tonking the ball all over the park.
Pulling power: Wendi Deng reportedly wrote a letter praising Tony Blair's body - but she'd hardly be the first to go weak at the knees
05 February 2014 09:00 PM
Wendi Deng would not be the first woman to go weak at the knees on catching sight of Tony Blair. Nor even the second, for we can assume that Cherie Booth was equally smitten when she and Tony were pupil barristers together in the 1970s.
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
If you're horrified by a flame-roasted dog, you should be shocked at a hog roast
Poor 'live like animals' says Boris's privately educated sister after going on 'poverty safari'
Exclusive: Impact of immigrants on British workers ‘negligible’
Vince Cable: Teachers 'know absolutely nothing' about the world of work
Ukraine crisis: Russia pledges to 'retaliate against sanctions' as Ukrainian president says Crimea vote will not be recognised
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- 2 Australian man Rod Sommerville reacts to bite from deadly snake by reaching for cold beer
- 3 North Korea elections: Kim Jong-un wins 100% of the vote
- 4 David Cameron resorts to paying for Facebook fans because not enough people like him
- 5 Steve Irwin’s final words: Cameraman present at death opens up about deadly stingray attack for the first time