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: Spare me these orgies of self-congratulation

We are decreasingly able to gain a sense of personal pride simply in knowing we have done a good job

Dominic Lawson: If India doesn't want it, why are we still giving them money?

David Cameron's decision to maintain our overseas aid budget was intensely political

Dominic Lawson: Olympian-scale wastage that was predicted – and then ignored

A grotesque outlay was justified on the grounds that it would benefit tourism. But there was no evidence for it

Dominic Lawson: Does more money make us happier? Of course it does

If your policy is one of austerity it is advisable to use something other than economic growth as a measure of your success

Dominic Lawson: Let the public punish 'fat cats' if they really care

Perhaps a mass campaign to switch accounts from the bank with the highest-paid CEO?

Dominic Lawson: We're in trouble if we let the calendar dictate our decisions

The reason forecasting is so often an abject failure is both familiar and predictable

Dominic Lawson: Bashing the banks won't do us, or the economy, any good

There is no evidence to suggest that incentive structures led to people taking excessive risks

Dominic Lawson: It is the haves going on strike, not the have-nots

If there is a class divide in the employment market, the underdogs are not the public sector

Dominic Lawson: Inflation is what people fear – and whose fault is that?

MPs of all parties have belatedly addressed themselves to the public's concern

Dominic Lawson: Good riddance to the great solar scam

Britain's plunge into this grotesque subsidy has come at a time when other countries have pulled back

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