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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Ed Miliband has laid out plans to cut young people's Jobseeker Allowance

Despite new plans, Miliband isn't taking an axe to welfare

Labour needs to adapt its policies to the changing attitudes of the British public towards welfare

City bankers will bet on raindrops running down a window pane, but they can't beat the bookies

Midweek View: Goldman's 'The World Cup and Economics 2014' is a veritable tour de force of mind-boggling analysis

Melvin Bragg, a profilic novelist and broadcaster, best known for his work on ‘The South Bank Show’

Melvyn Bragg: A Northern hero in our time

At 74, one of Britain’s great polymaths is still broadcasting prolifically, and still helping to set the news agenda

Soldiers from 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment march through the streets of York during a homecoming parade on December 5, 2012 in York, England.

We could save billions by cutting the military, but in a fragile world we need strong armed forces

It pays to be financially cautious, but we must be able to protect ourselves as a country

Chris Blackhurst: A nation of shopkeepers got to taste the difference when Justin King took charge of Sainsbury's

Midweek View: He was in the vanguard of the new breed of egalitarian bosses: out went the pinstripes - titles were banished
Dame Vivienne Westwood has been raging pretty much all of her life

Vivienne Westwood on fashion and fracking: ‘Who are the people who run the world? I’ll tell you...’

The Chris Blackhurst Interview: A fashion guru with a conscience, Vivienne Westwood is convinced that vested interests are behind the fracking revolution – and she wants them exposed

Ben Saunders has trekked to both North and South Poles - but what does he do on his summer holiday?

He has endured polar bear attacks, hypothermic exhaustion, white-outs, snow blindness...but will the explorer's next trip involve a beach, a sun lounger or a swimming pool?

Mayhem in the housing market

A new bubble is growing before we’ve paid for the fall-out of the last

Filling shells at the Vickers munitions factory, Barrow-in-Furness. Strikers’ grievances included the use of female labour

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The munitions workers who made the British government tremble

It was a struggle within a struggle, in which industrial unrest was brought  to heel only by the direst threats. Chris Blackhurst on a forgotten strike

London may have billionaires a-plenty, but what about funding for the next generation of businesses?

London is like the UN, even more  so than Silicon Valley, but what there is not is that tight community

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Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?
Rachael Lander interview: From strung out to playing strings

From strung out to playing strings

Award-winning cellist Rachael Lander’s career was almost destroyed by the alcohol she drank to fight stage fright. Now she’s playing with Elbow and Ellie Goulding
The science of saturated fat: A big fat surprise about nutrition?

A big fat surprise about nutrition?

The science linking saturated fats to heart disease and other health issues has never been sound. Nina Teicholz looks at how governments started advising incorrectly on diets
Emmys 2014 review: Can they genuinely compete with the Oscars

Can they genuinely compete with the Oscars?

The recent Emmy Awards are certainly glamorous, but they can't beat their movie cousins
On the road to nowhere: A Routemaster trip to remember

On the road to nowhere

A Routemaster trip to remember
Hotel India: Mumbai's Taj Mahal Palace leaves its darker days behind

Hotel India

Mumbai's Taj Mahal Palace leaves its darker days behind
10 best pencil cases

Back to school: 10 best pencil cases

Whether it’s their first day at school, uni or a new project, treat the student in your life to some smart stationery
Arsenal vs Besiktas Champions League qualifier: Gunners know battle with Turks is a season-defining fixture

Arsenal know battle with Besiktas is a season-defining fixture

Arsene Wenger admits his below-strength side will have to improve on last week’s show to pass tough test
Pete Jenson: Athletic Bilbao’s locals-only transfer policy shows success does not need to be bought

Pete Jenson: A Different League

Athletic Bilbao’s locals-only transfer policy shows success does not need to be bought
This guitar riff has been voted greatest of all time

The Greatest Guitar Riff of all time

Whole Lotta Votes from Radio 2 listeners
Britain’s superstar ballerina

Britain’s superstar ballerina

Alicia Markova danced... every night of the week and twice on Saturdays
Berlin's Furrie invasion

Berlin's Furrie invasion

2000 fans attended Eurofeurence
‘It was a tidal wave of terror’

‘It was a tidal wave of terror’

Driven to the edge by postpartum psychosis