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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It is time to stop prostrating ourselves before the NHS God

Private partnerships and competition can help prevent catastrophes like that which saw over a thousand patients die at the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust

Forty years on, the benefits of EU membership are no longer compelling

Then we thought it was a matter of economics, not politics - and we still do today - but the rest of Europe doesn't

A year older, and I still can’t believe that I’m not the youth I used to be

Reflecting on the early death of his own close relatives, our columnist knows he is lucky to have lived to the age he is. And yet he finds that age hard to accept

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Amazon, Google Starbucks: why many people trust these business giants more than the MPs who call them immoral

We should be wary of legislators when they talk morality

Whatever Lord Leveson says, Britain should hold on to its feral beast of a press – despite all its horror

There is already a regulatory framework for newspapers. It is called the law: and there is no journalistic immunity from prosecution

'I never wanted men's pity': Chess child prodigy Judit Polgar on the game's inherent sexism

Judit Polgar beat Bobby Fischer’s record by becoming a chess Grandmaster at 15. Her spectacular talent – and her frustration at the game – still endures, as Dominic Lawson finds when he meets her, 24 years after their first encounter.

Would I want my daughter 'cured'? The dilemma of a father whose child has Down's Syndrome

A medical breakthrough presents startling potential but ethical challenges

George Entwistle’s brief tenure at the BBC was a turbulent one, and included an appearance before a Commons Select Committee

Jeremy Paxman is wrong: Newsnight's errors were the product of shoddy journalism, not budget cuts

The failures of Newsnight have nothing to do with budget cuts. Even the least well-funded local newspaper would have done better than this

Affairs with his Secretary, incompetence, amateur boxing... how John Prescott defies political gravity

The former Deputy Prime Minister is a rare beast indeed. But why exactly does the career of this former merchant navy seaman sail so effortlessly on?

Whether it's plebgate or the Great Train Snobbery, they're all out to intimidate the Government

Why are respectable, small-c conservative newspapers so indignant about George Osborne travelling first-class? One word: Leveson

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