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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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

A webcam that records every move? Bring it on

My Week

A woman places flowers near the offices of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris

Charlie Hebdo: Try explaining to your children what happened

Freedom vs responsibility, bravery vs stupidity – these are difficult waters

Upmarket stores such as Fortnum and Mason have done well over the festive season - Waitrose on Tuesday unveiled a seven per cent rise in sales

Chris Blackhurst: A rule for supermarket positioning: the nearer, the better

Midweek View: Surely it would have been obvious that the hypermarket experience was far from satisfactory

David Cameron and George Osborne tour building works at Manchester's Victoria Railway Station

There’s more to the Tories caring about the North of England than meets the eye

This is as much about the region resourcing itself than about enjoying central government largesse

What Lord Myners tells us about the Royal Mail sell-off shows just how good the City is at looking after itself

This is a report that leaves a very nasty taste 

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Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before