Ian Birrell

Ian Birrell is a former Deputy Editor of The Independent and co-founder of Africa Express

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Ed Miliband and David Cameron

Cameron and Miliband should have faith in their bolder policies

Parties must rise to election challenge

The current rate of construction is at its lowest since the 1920s; indicators suggest the best way out of the housing crisis is to build - and keep building

How to end the housing crisis: forget sentimentality and build on the green belt

Since the Coalition came to power, the average cost of a home in London has surged from £329,133 to almost half a million pounds

Immigration as a vote-winner: The two fastest-growing parties are positive about it

Is it coincidence the two have a positive outlook on this issue, by contrast with pessimism and hostility heard elsewhere in our political discourse?

Isis militants process down a street in the coastal city of Sirte in Libya this week; the group has heralded Libya as its ‘strategic gateway’ to attack Europe

With hindsight, was it wrong for the West to support the overthrow of Gaddafi?

British foreign policy should be biased on the side of democracy and human rights

The HSBC tax evasion files are just the tip of a probable mountain of tax avoidance hidden in tax havens around the world

All hail our select committees: asking the questions that public wants answers to

From Murdoch to HSBC bosses, a litany of controversial figures have now been put on the spot

Migrants are rescued off the coast of Sicily by Italian Coast Guards on Wednesday; 5,302 migrants have arrived from Libya since January

What would you do if Isis was approaching, and safety was only 70 miles across the sea?

Britain likes to pose as a force for decency in the world, but it's permitting hundreds of desperate people to needlessly die

It will be a miracle if this ceasefire lasts – and even if it does, Putin comes out on top

We must hope it does, but Putin, having provoked the war, emerges undoubted winner if it does

A Green Party supporter holds a placard

Labour should expose the Greens’ daftness – not flirt with them

Young, idealistic voters are flocking to the Greens for the same simple reason anxious older people are supporting Ukip

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan in New York in 2013

Goodluck Jonathan: Nigeria's head of state has bumbled in response to Boko Haram. With elections close, his demise may be imminent

President of the wealthiest nation in Africa, Goodluck Jonathan has certainly lived up to his name

The prospect of signing Ched Evans has led several Oldham sponsors to threaten to quit

Ched Evans: Why are politicians so keen to adopt the mentality of the mob?

Such a public rejection of the idea of rehabilitation goes against all principle

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John Palmer: 'Goldfinger' of British crime was murdered, say police

Murder of the Brink’s-MAT mastermind

'Goldfinger' of British crime's life ended in a blaze of bullets, say police
Bodyworlds museum: Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy

Dying dream of Doctor Death

Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy
UK heatwave: Temperature reaches 39.8 degrees on Central Line - the sweatiest place in London

39.8 degrees recorded on Tube

There's hot (London) and too damn hot (the Underground). Simon Usborne braved the Central line to discover what its passengers suffer
Jessie Cave interview: The Harry Potter star has published a feminist collection of cartoons

Jessie Cave's feminist cartoons

The Harry Potter star tells Alice Jones how a one-night stand changed her life
10 best barbecue books

Fire up the barbie: 10 best barbecue books

We've got Bibles to get you grilling and smoking like a true south American pro
Seifeddine Rezgui: What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?

Making of a killer

What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?
UK Heatwave: Temperatures on the tube are going to exceed the legal limit for transporting cattle

Just when you thought your commute couldn't get any worse...

Heatwave will see temperatures on the Tube exceed legal limit for transporting cattle
Exclusive - The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Swapping Bucharest for London

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Meet the man who swapped Romania for the UK in a bid to provide for his family, only to discover that the home he left behind wasn't quite what it seemed
Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Solar power will help bring down electricity prices over the next five years, according to a new report. But it’s cheap imports of ‘dirty power’ that will lower them the most
Katy Perry prevented from buying California convent for $14.5m after nuns sell to local businesswoman instead

No grace of God for Katy Perry as sisters act to stop her buying convent

Archdiocese sues nuns who turned down star’s $14.5m because they don’t approve of her
Ajmer: The ancient Indian metropolis chosen to be a 'smart city' where residents would just be happy to have power and running water

Residents just want water and power in a city chosen to be a ‘smart’ metropolis

The Indian Government has launched an ambitious plan to transform 100 of its crumbling cities
Michael Fassbender in 'Macbeth': The Scottish play on film, from Welles to Cheggers

Something wicked?

Films of Macbeth don’t always end well - just ask Orson Welles... and Keith Chegwin
10 best sun creams for body

10 best sun creams for body

Make sure you’re protected from head to toe in the heatwave
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - Milos Raonic has ability to get to the top but he must learn to handle pressure in big games

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon files

Milos Raonic has ability to get to the top but he must learn to handle pressure in big games
Women's World Cup 2015: How England's semi-final success could do wonders for both sexes

There is more than a shiny trophy to be won by England’s World Cup women

The success of the decidedly non-famous females wearing the Three Lions could do wonders for a ‘man’s game’ riddled with cynicism and greed