Chris Blackhurst

Group Content Editor of The Independent, i, The Independent on Sunday and Evening Standard - and former Editor of The Independent.

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Budget 2015: Is George Osborne aware of the chaos he has risked unleashing?

They may have been widely loathed - but annuities were there for a reason

Builders have been taking on apprentices and even turning to sources such as army veterans for workers

The march of the apprentices

Parents must end this snobbishness about working in Britain’s trades

Local councils in Manchester will control their own NHS budget

Osborne is intent on giving Manchester something it’s never really asked for

All this devolved power is just governing on the hoof – we Northerners won’t be taken in by it

HSBC leaks: 'Labour is in no position to point the finger on tax'

Their desperation to paint the Tories as the party of sleaze, the friend of big business, in the run-up to the general election, is painfully obvious

Lord Rose has accused Ed Miliband of dragging the Labour party back to the Seventies

Membership of the EU is what matters to business leaders – not the Miliband sideshow

Big business may not be happy with some of Labour’s rhetoric but it is as one with the pro-EU party on Europe

Money, money, money… Where is Apple’s inexorable rise going to lead?

The world has fallen for products that go way beyond ‘must-have’

Freedom for Kingston! The time has come to let our councils break away from Whitehall

'I don't think it’s going to work because the Government won't let it,' said a councillor

Swis franc announcement: Black Wednesday in reverse

Switzerland is awash with cash as people seek to offload the euro

Sir Ken Morrison's vision was working brilliantly until 2014, when he succumbed to temptation, bought Safeway and moved south

Chris Blackhurst: Juicy share carrots for top brass? Troubled Quindell must fall into line

Midweek View: Upmarket shoppers did not want to buy exotic fruit from the same store flogging cheap baked beans

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The saffron censorship that governs India: Why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression

The saffron censorship that governs India

Zareer Masani reveals why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression
Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Supreme Court rules Dominic Grieve's ministerial veto was invalid
Distressed Zayn Malik fans are cutting themselves - how did fandom get so dark?

How did fandom get so dark?

Grief over Zayn Malik's exit from One Direction seemed amusing until stories of mass 'cutting' emerged. Experts tell Gillian Orr the distress is real, and the girls need support
The galaxy collisions that shed light on unseen parallel Universe

The cosmic collisions that have shed light on unseen parallel Universe

Dark matter study gives scientists insight into mystery of space
The Swedes are adding a gender-neutral pronoun to their dictionary

Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

Disney's mega money-making formula

'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan
Lobster has gone mainstream with supermarket bargains for £10 or less - but is it any good?

Lobster has gone mainstream

Anthea Gerrie, raised on meaty specimens from the waters around Maine, reveals how to cook up an affordable feast
Easter 2015: 14 best decorations

14 best Easter decorations

Get into the Easter spirit with our pick of accessories, ornaments and tableware
Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

Paul Scholes column

Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season
Inside the Kansas greenhouses where Monsanto is 'playing God' with the future of the planet

The future of GM

The greenhouses where Monsanto 'plays God' with the future of the planet
Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Donation brings total raised by Homeless Veterans campaign to at least £1.25m
Oh dear, the most borrowed book at Bank of England library doesn't inspire confidence

The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

The book's fifth edition is used for Edexcel exams
Cowslips vs honeysuckle: The hunt for the UK’s favourite wildflower

Cowslips vs honeysuckle

It's the hunt for UK’s favourite wildflower
Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

A fresh twist reveals the Liberal MP was targeted by the notorious South African intelligence agency Boss