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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Steve Hilton was instrumental in getting Government backing for the Big Society

Steve Hilton has great ideas – but they’re too good for fallible human beings to make work

He can create a micro-republic of Witney, but when taken to a bigger stage it crumbles

Everyone sneers at Charles' letters – but I want to salute a polite and caring Prince

He knows he’s on the sidelines but he hears things, and wants to nudge

There’s no future in the all-work, no-play policy of self-protective schools

If a child will simply not manage As and A*s, what then? Do schools eject them?

Students sit their exams in a school hall

The young will never learn if they're allowed to use Google in exams

I'm all for teaching students how to use the search engine, but getting them to rely on it will only hinder their progress later on in life

Tesco is looking for ways to plug its estimated £5bn black hole

Here’s my 10-point plan to make Tesco great again

The supermarket announced a record annual loss of £6.38bn this week

The fallout from Right to Buy over the past 30 years means there is a now a chronic shortage in local authority housing

This housing bonanza for a lucky few leaves behind a squeezed middle

If there were evidence of a mass of new homes becoming available, then fair enough – but there isn’t

Ed Miliband has pledged to end zero-hours contracts (Getty)

Zero-hours contracts aren't as pernicious as you think they are

Imposing a ban and forcing a move towards regular working won't solve anything

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

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