Archie Bland

Archie Bland joined the Independent in 2008. After stints as foreign editor, Saturday editor and deputy editor, he was appointed as senior writer in 2013.

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No way out: If a life term “must mean life”, atonement and redemption are impossible

Crime and punishment: Why throwing away the key doesn't work

It is not liberal weediness to baulk at whole-life sentences. It's knowing that, without a hairline of hope, those in prison become more dangerous

Prince William the visiting scholar: Nice university course if you can get it

Perhaps his father’s role might have played a part in the decision to invent an entirely new course

Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes in the new series of the BBC drama

Doctor Who to Sherlock: TV franchises now have such devoted followings that casual viewers are alienated

The joy derived from a story is in direct correlation to the amount of work you put in

Snowden's web-centric life brings him into alignment with those Luddites who assume the worst of any innovation

Edward Snowden and the Queen go rather well together

The Christmas messages of the whistleblower and the monarch dovetail nicely; the one showing off the family addition, the other fearful of a lack of privacy

2013 - the year in review: A year full of sound and fury, signifying what?

It was a year of storms in teacups; but also of real storms, meteorological and metaphorical, that actually mattered

Nigella and Tulisa have been treated very differently to R Kelly when their reputation is threatened

Stars in court: Some stellar reputations are shatterproof

While Nigella is said to be damaged goods, the rap artist R Kelly is accused of terrible things and no one minds. Is it because his accusers are young black women?

A policeman’s lot: many police officers see the Government’s programme of cuts as inextricable from the criticism they have faced

Why 2013 was an annus horribilis for the police

But can they move on and re-establish their probity?

The public's claim on Mandela - both inside South Africa and out - is insistent, and perhaps in keeping with the figure himself
Deepa Naik, Trenton Oldfield and their daughter. The family face being split up if Oldfield is deported back to his native Australia

Trenton Oldfield deportation: Boat Race protester allowed to stay in UK

Activist wins 'unprecedented' deportation case as judge overturns Theresa May's decision

London 1986: Protesters call for sanctions against apartheid

The death of Nelson Mandela: We all love him now, but it wasn't always so

The stampede of pundits to express a view about the man cheapens his remarkable achievements – and makes false heroes of the politically inert

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