Dominic Lawson

Former editor of The Specator magazine and the Sunday Telegraph newspaper, Dominic Lawson who is noted for his robust and iconoclastic opinions on political and social issues, has been writing a column for The Independent since 2006.

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Dominic Lawson: So who still thinks Israel is the root of Middle East problems?

When regimes in the Middle East feel threatened by their own people, they immediately seek to blame the insurrection on Israel or ‘the Jews’

George Osborne and Ed Balls

Help to Buy is a dangerous political placebo...

...but rising house prices are among the economic figures making Labour feel sick

Sorry, Chris Bryant - but who was it who wanted these Polish workers in the first place?

Tesco’s done more for employment in the UK than any politician ever will

Where do these fracking protesters think energy is going to come from?

If oil and gas are there in the South, then let the country benefit

Stuart Broad celebrates the wicket of Australia's Shane Watson to get England on the board after an opening stand of 84 (Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Is Stuart Broad a cheat? I’d rather England's cricket team were ruthless winners than priggish losers

The notion of the decent upstanding English public school-educated cricketers is only a myth to console ourselves in defeat against a supposedly inferior national culture

Salmond in the royal box at Wimbledon

A genius on the court. But let’s keep Andy Murray out of politics

Sport has expanded to fill the space that more serious pursuits used to occupy

Mark Carney: 'For us, the global financial crisis was an external rather than an internal shock'

We'd be wise not to put too much faith in Carney

It seems absurd to compare a central banker with a Hollywood movie star. Yet the role of physical allure is underestimated in careers which ought to owe nothing to looks

From the NHS to the police, public servants are putting their own interests first

Recent revelations show just how embedded is a culture of self-preservation among those whose first duty should be to you and me

I am Breathing: A dying man who reminds us just what life is for

This is not an unremittingly bleak documentary, despite its harrowing subject

Tim Yeo: A man of many interests

Tim Yeo and James Caan: Some forms of hypocrisy are so extreme that we can only laugh

The delusions of these two public figures defeat any satire

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Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

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How bosses are making us work harder

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Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
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A dream come true for SJ Watson

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10 best cycling bags for commuters

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Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

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This tyrant doesn’t rule

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