Ian Birrell is a former Deputy Editor of The Independent and co-founder of Africa Express
27 December 2012 06:19 PM
It may be low politics or high principle but the Government is right to push for this
23 November 2012 07:57 PM
Tagging along on an all-party trip to Equatorial Guinea, Ian Birrell saw how reality can quickly be forgotten
18 November 2012 07:12 PM
He's been hailed as the "Wizard of Oz", but there are limits to the wizardry of the man who'll be running the Conservative election campaign.
11 November 2012 12:45 AM
The Director General has stepped down, but the broadcaster needs yet more radical surgery
At last! Commissioners will restore public trust in the police by devolving power and are long overdue
23 October 2012 06:05 PM
Lamentable leadership and the influence of unions have held back the men in uniform for too long. Now you can vote and exert some control over their actions
09 October 2012 12:00 AM
Human warmth is at the heart of relationships between vulnerable people and their carers. But heightened fears about abuse mean simple friendship is increasingly viewed with suspicion
07 October 2012 04:59 PM
David Cameron needs to remind people who he is – a compassionate and modern conservative.
21 September 2012 04:59 PM
For all the froth, fury, and indignant nonsense of our lock 'em up culture, the Coalition's quiet penal reforms are progressive and reassuring
24 August 2012 12:00 AM
Searching for cheap populist policies and silent on issues long held sacred, what do they stand for now?
12 August 2012 08:00 PM
The Olympics should inspire the PM to be bold – and to return to the themes of the Big Society
British Muslim leaders outraged after Eric Pickles says followers of Islam should 'prove their identity'
UK terror fears: My jihadist son returned from Syria mentally scarred – now he is being ignored
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
Billy Crystal: 'Stop shoving gay sex scenes in my face'
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
- 1 Rowan Atkinson to sell £10 million McLaren 'supercar' he crashed into a tree and a lamppost
- 2 The truth about 'girl things': Three cheers for Heather Watson's honesty
- 3 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
- 4 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 5 Men behaving badly: Urinating while standing, 'manspreading' and the gendering of selfishness