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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Chris Blackhurst: Mike Ashley is not to the City’s tastes but those who scorn him would do better to follow his example

Midweek View: My respect for Mr Ashley is not just that he stopped my table-tennis-loving nine-year-old having a tantrum

George Osborne has pledged to modernise Manchester's failing infrastructure

Most politicians don't have a clue about issues outside of their southern bubble

As the next election approaches, MPs think they can throw money at issues to buy them easy votes

‘Town halls have got to have closer relationships with the communities they serve,’ says Sir Merrick

Sir Merrick Cockell: England is the last remnant of the British Empire

The Conservative who used to speak for every council in the land is passionate about devolution - and the one part of the UK that hasn’t had it

Careful, Mr Cameron. Don't flirt with us on tax

Ministers have taken their eye off the middle and higher-earners

Chris Blackhurst: Let’s stop moaning and start acting – it’s time to bank on getting tough with our white-collar crooks

Midweek View: The Med resounds to the laughter of top bankers on their yachts and in their villas, reputations still intact

Public sector workers march through Newcastle city centre as they take part in the one-day walkout as part of bitter disputes over pay, pensions, jobs and spending cuts

The Government’s attitude to the civil service is breathtaking hypocrisy

In public they condemn public sector strikes, but behind closed doors they are delighted

A boy bound for a private school tries on a striped cap

Private education vs state education: a social divide that must be eliminated

When will there ever be a level playing field?

Chris Blackhurst: We can't prevent the next economic crisis. But attempts to do so could threaten jobs and research

Midweek View: By wanting to prevent the big boys from having special access, regulators have created another uneven pitch
Mr Cameron will make clear his reservations about Mr Juncker at a dinner of EU leaders in Ypres, Flanders

What is David Cameron playing at? His anti-EU stance is totally irresponsible

Just because the PM has it in for Jean-Claude Juncker shouldn’t mean he ignores the advice of British business

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Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
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