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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New energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey

There are green vested interests too, Mr Davey

Opposition to renewables is not "ideological". Those who are opposing Davey’s Energy Bill do so because they see no good in making poor households poorer

Carry on chillaxing, Prime Minister, we can cope with this in your absence

Remember that on a purely statistical basis, the risk from terrorism is vanishingly small

Politicians may choose to hide behind the EU, but the electorate will flush them out

By accepting mandates from Brussels - even down to how restaurants serve olive oil  - our politicians have supported a damaging loss of democratic autonomy

On the 200th anniversary of Wagner's birth, let's learn to love the music - yet still hate the man

Hitler’s favourite composer was a monster, but he should still be celebrated

Nazi killers really are worse than old perverts – even if both look harmless

There is a kind of disconnect between the appearance of these shambling old men and the nature of the crimes they committed when in the prime of life

Obama is right to prevaricate rather than intervene in Syria's civil war

Even measures like a no-fly zone or humanitarian safe area would be a major military operation - and might well have to be backed up with full blown war

How can Salmond argue Scotland shouldn’t have its own currency?

You would think he wanted monetary independence, as part of full self-government

Dominic Lawson: Believe it or not, Thatcher was a woman who cared

The way she carried herself at a celebratory dinner twenty years ago showed both the strain Thatcher could put herself under and the screen goddess style she could turn on

London Mayor Boris Johnson

There’s something Churchillian about Boris Johnson. On the other hand...

He’s a lone wolf, capable of staggering selfishness - it might actually be a valuable trait

Financial genocide? No – it’s more a case of financial suicide

Cypriot complaints about German brutality conveniently overlook their own governments’ shocking irresponsibility

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