James Cusick

James Cusick is political correspondent of The Independent and The Independent on Sunday. As an experienced member of the lobby, he has previously worked at The Sunday Times and the BBC. His career as a journalist has been split between print and television, including senior positions as producer with Sir David Frost and at BBC Newsnight. He is also an award-winning golf and travel writer, working for over a decade as the UK contributing editor for one of the USA’s leading golf magazines. He broadcasts regularly for the BBC and CNN. He lives in London.

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British legal professionals hold placards during a protest against cuts to the legal aid budget during a protest outside Southwark Crown Court

Don't call it a 'strike': Barristers withdraw labour and courts including Old Bailey fall silent for the first time in centuries over legal aid cuts

They feel misrepresented as 'fat cats' and are alarmed by cuts in the legal aid budget

David Cameron has now warned Britain's newspapers that they should sign up urgently to the Royal Charter

Press regulation: David Cameron warns newspapers to sign up to Royal Charter passed by Parliament

Having remained silent last month when Culture Secretary Maria Miller said that politicians had done all they could to induce the press into joining a charter-based form of regulation, David Cameron has now warned Britain’s newspapers that they should sign up urgently to the Royal Charter passed by Parliament earlier this year.

Alex Salmond has claimed Scotland's membership of the EU would be fast-tracked

Exclusive: Alex Salmond 'hid legal reality of an independent Scotland’s EU status'

Likely problem points include voting rights in both the European Council and Parliament, the validity of current UK opt-outs and the use of the euro

21 December 1988: Houses on fire in Lockerbie, Scotland, after a Boeing 747 aeroplane, Pan Am Flight 103, crashed after a mid-flight explosion on board - according to a new investigation, the US knew of other suspects

Revealed: US 'knew of other Lockerbie suspects'

On anniversary of bombing, fresh evidence emerges that Palestinian group was responsible

A jury at the Old Bailey heard transcripts of messages from Prince William to his then-girlfriend Kate Middleton, allegedly intercepted by the now-defunct News of the World

Hacking trial: Kate Middleton's phone 'hacked by News of the World', as court hears message revealing Prince William was ‘almost shot’

Jury hears for first time alleged details of hacking targeting future king and queen

Colossal wreck: 270 people died when Pan-Am 103 crashed near the Scottish town of Lockerbie

Lockerbie: If not Megrahi, then who?

After 25 years of denials and diplomatic games, we're yet to learn the truth about the Lockerbie bombing

The Queen was upset by police officers eating nuts left around Buckingham Palace, the trial into alleged phone hacking at the News of the World has heard

Hacking trial: Police officers 'irritated' Queen by eating nuts left out at Buckingham Palace, court told

The hacking trial at the Old Bailey has heard how the Queen was “narked” that police were, she believed, eating snacks left out for her by Buckingham Palace staff.

Mark Lyons, and Stevie Deans (left) from Unite

Labour's secrecy over Falkirk 'scandal' a gift to the SNP

The party's fortunes there may rest not with its candidate, but with an unseen report written by investigators probing allegations of vote-rigging involving the powerful Unite union

The Environment Secretary Owen Paterson, pictured at his home in Shropshire, is regarded as part of the Tory's hard-right countryside squirearchy

Owen Paterson, his sceptic brother-in-law, and how Defra went cold on climate change

Global warming has slid down the agenda since the arrival  of Owen Paterson as Environment Secretary. He even thinks it may be a good thing. James Cusick delves behind the scenes to find out where he’s getting his ideas from

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond presents the White Paper for Scottish independence

'What we could be': Alex Salmond launches blueprint for independent Scotland

Holyrood's First Minister insisted country would 'stand still' if it stayed part of UK

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All this talk of an ‘apocalyptic’ threat is simply childish

Robert Fisk: All this talk of an ‘apocalyptic’ threat is simply childish

Chuck Hagel and Martin Dempsey were pure Hollywood. They only needed Tom Cruise
Mafia Dons: is the Camorra in control of the Granite City?

Mafia Dons: is the Camorra in control of the Granite City?

So claims an EU report which points to the Italian Mob’s alleged grip on everything from public works to property
Emmys look set to overhaul the Oscars as Hollywood’s prize draw

Emmys look set to overhaul the Oscars as Hollywood’s prize draw

Once the poor relation, the awards show now has the top stars and boasts the best drama
What happens to African migrants once they land in Italy during the summer?

What happens to migrants once they land in Italy?

Memphis Barker follows their trail through southern Europe
French connection: After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

French connection: After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

The ugly causeway is being dismantled, an elegant connection erected in its place. So everyone’s happy, right?
Frank Mugisha: Uganda's most outspoken gay rights activist on changing people's attitudes, coming out, and the threat of being attacked

Frank Mugisha: 'Coming out was a gradual process '

Uganda's most outspoken gay rights activist on changing people's attitudes, coming out, and the threat of being attacked
Radio 1 to hire 'YouTube-famous' vloggers to broadcast online

Radio 1’s new top ten

The ‘vloggers’ signed up to find twentysomething audience
David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

A blistering attack on US influence on British television has lifted the savvy head of Channel 4 out of the shadows
Florence Knight's perfect picnic: Make the most of summer's last Bank Holiday weekend

Florence Knight's perfect picnic

Polpetto's head chef shares her favourite recipes from Iced Earl Grey tea to baked peaches, mascarpone & brown sugar meringues...
Horst P Horst: The fashion photography genius who inspired Madonna comes to the V&A

Horst P Horst comes to the V&A

The London's museum has delved into its archives to stage a far-reaching retrospective celebrating the photographer's six decades of creativity
Mark Hix recipes: Try our chef's summery soups for a real seasonal refresher

Mark Hix's summery soups

Soup isn’t just about comforting broths and steaming hot bowls...
Tim Sherwood column: 'It started as a three-horse race but turned into the Grand National'

Tim Sherwood column

I would have taken the Crystal Palace job if I’d been offered it soon after my interview... but the whole process dragged on so I had to pull out
Eden Hazard: Young, gifted... not yet perfect

Eden Hazard: Young, gifted... not yet perfect

Eden Hazard admits he is still below the level of Ronaldo and Messi but, after a breakthrough season, is ready to thrill Chelsea’s fans
Tim Howard: I’m an old dog. I don’t get too excited

Tim Howard: I’m an old dog. I don’t get too excited

The Everton and US goalkeeper was such a star at the World Cup that the President phoned to congratulate him... not that he knows what the fuss is all about
Match of the Day at 50: Show reminds us that even the most revered BBC institution may have a finite lifespan – thanks to the opposition

Tom Peck on Match of the Day at 50

The show reminds us that even the most revered BBC institution may have a finite lifespan – thanks to the opposition