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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Why Tesco should stop being all things to all men (and women)

Dave Lewis has to understand quickly that retailing is about much more than logistics and production

Neil Lawson Baker in his studio near Chichester: ‘Originally I wanted to be a doctor’

Neil Lawson Baker interview: ‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.

The Chris Blackhurst Interview: Sculptor, painter, saxophonist... Neil Lawson Baker has had many incarnations after illness forced him to take a break from his Belgravia dental practice, and now he is encouraging others to fulfil their potential by entering a competition

Pupils educated at schools like Eton (pictured) are far more likely to succeed in politics and the judiciary, the report found

Chris Blackhurst: Rory McIlroy gets £155m from his sponsor Nike – yet the industry is in crisis. Maybe bicycle golf is the answer?

Midweek View: As a sport it doesn’t reflect  the kind of values millennials like – diversity, inclusion

Countess Albina Du Boisrouvray: ‘We’re dealing with people who have absolutely nothing’

The death of her son in a helicopter crash 28 years ago was a life-changing moment for Countesss Albina Du Boisrouvray. He dedicated himself to helping others, she says, and that’s exactly what she has gone on to do

Despite strong academic results, youth unemployment remains persistently high

What's more important: skills or grades?

Even if they get the results they want, students have been warned that they might still lack what employers are really looking for

Chris Blackhurst: The Government must intervene to unmask foreign buyers inflating a new property bubble with questionable cash

Midweek View: They’re buying because our regulation is ‘light touch’ - code in international circles for non-existent

Enterprising figure: Lord Young in his London office

Lord Young interview: ‘We need to get young children believing in themselves’

The former Thatcher favourite, and now David Cameron’s Enterprise Adviser, is convinced the link between education and business has been eroded in the rush to go to university

The RideLondon 100 race last month on Box Hill

Prudential RideLondon: Oh no, here come the fanatical lycra-wearers to bring London to a halt

Honestly, is there anything more boring than watching cycling?

So far Boris has led a charmed political life

Don’t be taken in by the buffoonery. Boris is a very serious operator

No other politician has anything like his broad appeal

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Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam