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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We can't let this obsession with class compromise academic standards at our top Universities

Alan Milburn, the Coalition's social mobility Tsar, has a set of new proposals to help disadvantaged pupils get into University. But has he really thought this through?

Quite a few of the people who agree with Jeremy Hunt on abortion turn out to be women

If anything, women are more likely than men to feel that abortion laws should be tightened. Why do so few female writers point this out?

Winning the Ryder Cup is good. But don't mistake an amazing sporting triumph for the European ideal

Just because UK golf fans cheered on a European side against the Americans does not mean a single one of them would advocate joining the euro

Any Lib Dems who care to look at the figures will see the rich are paying their fair share

Every conference season, the same thing happens. The party says we should tax the rich more. But the numbers prove that would not address the real problem

Japanese nationalists and surveyors on a disputed island in the East China Sea, known as Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese

China is flexing its muscles: time to worry

It would be crazy if a bunch of five uninhabited rocks precipitated a military conflict between two world powers. That doesn't mean it won't happen

Dominic Lawson: We thrill to these amazing deeds. But is it a level playing field?

Some events are hard to fathom, if they're meant to comply with the idea of 'like against like'

Dominic Lawson: Camera phones aren't just for peep shows

Though unnerved by a world without privacy, I admit camera phones bring more benefit than harm

Dominic Lawson: David Cameron can't count on any gains from the Olympic feel-good factor

There are millions of Britons thoroughly cheesed off by their inability to get tickets

Dominic Lawson: Our athletes deserve better than this national dirge

There is a marvellous alternative national anthem: Holst's 'I Vow To Thee, My Country'

Dominic Lawson: Pull the plug more often on this infernal amplified rock

People phoned Radio 5 Live to complain that all they could hear was the constant pounding bass

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