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: You think a Greece can't happen here? Wrong ...

State-sector pensions cost £32bn a year – more than the police, prisons and courts combined

Dominic Lawson: Voters just won't buy a federal Europe, Mr Clegg

We might come to feel part of a Europe-wide political community but it would take generations

Dominic Lawson: Why can't an ex-PM try to make some money?

A former Prime Minister has for some years played a significant paid advisory role for a secretive Washington DC-based private equity firm with annual revenues of over $4bn. The Carlyle Group has also signed up an impressive list of former US politicians including President George HW Bush; and until 2005 its chairman emeritus was a former CIA deputy director, Frank Carlucci. Carlyle, perhaps not coincidentally, has made highly successful forays into the armaments business, such as its purchase of a controlling interest (since sold) in United Defense, supplier of vertical missile launch systems.

Dominic Lawson: What's wrong with a former PM trying to make money?

It isn't necessary for people to believe that Blair is a mass-murderer in order for them to suffer from what's been called 'Blair Derangement Syndrome'

Dominic Lawson: Private companies' pay is up to them

Unless what top directors receive is gargantuan, it will not be more than a tiny percentage of the company's income

Dominic Lawson: Even a genius can't have it all - if she's a woman

She wanted a life that allowed her to be a good mother and to have hobbies and pastimes, in other words to enjoy a whole world unconnected to chess

Dominic Lawson: The 9/11 victims are dishonoured by what we did in their name

The 10th anniversary of the destruction of the World Trade Centre towers by two hijacked commercial airliners should be a moment of unambiguous moral clarity. In a way, it still is. Through newspaper supplements and TV documentaries we are reminded (as if we ever could forget) of the horror of that beautiful sunny morning in New York City.

Dominic Lawson: We betrayed our values with torture

The heroism of the public response has been polluted by what has been done in our name to prevent a second 9/11

Dominic Lawson: Oscar Pistorius is magnificent – but you should have legs to compete

It's not the taking part that counts, but the winning. This inversion of what we were taught as children about sport is the real truth about top-flight athletics – especially since it is amateur only in the sense that Lord Mandelson remains true to the communist ideals of his youth.

Dominic Lawson: Pistorius is magnificent – but should remain a Paralympian

Surely the time has come to insist that those taking part in able-bodied athletics should have nothing attached to their lower limbs except running shoes

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