David Randall

David Randall is foreign editor of the Independent on Sunday.

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Rovers' fans are frustrated by the club being treated like a franchise to be remotely managed

The Fan's View: Venky's must stop treating Blackburn Rovers like a franchise

The club have proved far better at firing than hiring managers

Retirement? It's a shocking waste of a life

We should follow the example of our ancestors
Florian Homm was arrested in the Uffizi Gallery

Financier, Florian Homm, arrested after five years' flight

One of Europe's highest-profile fund managers caught in Italy

The author’s mother, Doris, around the time of her marriage in 1940

Even mums don't last for ever

David Randall on the phone call that meant his childhood was finally over

Margaret in her Grosvenor House bedroom in 1989

The scarlet Duchess of Argyll: Much more than just a Highland fling

Fifty years ago, in 1963, the divorce proceedings of the Duke and Duchess of Argyll had even the judge reeling in horror. David Randall looks back at the life, and loves, of Margaret Campbell

The Emperor's New Clothes (10/02/13)

Valentine's Day, pah! Commercialised, sentimental fuss. Incurable romantic David Randall begs to differ...

The Emperor's New Clothes (03/02/13)

The dead parrot! Mrs Sartre!! How did we manage before 'Monty Python'? Very well indeed...

The Emperor's New Clothes: Footballers

Footballers, eh? Underperforming, overpaid ... Maybe, but it's a game of two halves, argues David Randall

Algeria asks for terror help

Algeria will need international help to better fight terrorism, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mourad Medelci, acknowledged yesterday. His remarks come just a week after his government was criticised for rejecting offers of help to deal with the four-day crisis at a gas plant which left at least 37 hostages and 29 militants dead.

The Emperor's New Clothes (20/01/13)

Poor old British car industry, run off the road by sleeker models. But wait! David Randall hears it revving up...
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