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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Willie Walsh, the chief executive of British Airways

British Airways spying scandal: New logo, new routes, new bosses – but the stench remains

This isn’t the first time that BA has been caught up in a storm over ‘dirty tricks’

A three-day walkout took place at BA in 2010 amid threats of a further 20-day strike

British Airways 'spying' scandal: How the world's most famous airline spied on its own staff

BA paid £1m in compensation for its in-house investigators’ activities, and ‘improperly accessed’ employee emails and phone calls in union dispute

Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage joins Sarah Palin and the big beasts of the US right

Wayne LaPierre, head of the NRA gun lobby, will also appear alongside the Ukip leader

The register for lobbyists who contact ministers and senior civil servants is designed to record ministerial meetings, increase transparency, and list the money being put up to buy political influence

'Cash for access' scandal: Lobbying clean-up law that failed to stop MP scandals

‘Dog’s breakfast’ act targeted charities and missed its mark

It would mean a massive political shift in identity for Labour north of the border

Wealthy Scottish voters could offer Ed Miliband a route to No 10

Wealthy Scottish heartlands could rescue Labour’s election hopes

The Library at the Glasgow School of Art, before the fire

Charles Rennie Mackintosh: First retrospective reveals tantalising glimpses of what might have been

So few of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's designs ever made it into bricks and mortar which makes this new exhibition fascinating, says James Cusick

Kate Gross’s battle with the disease inspired her husband’s ‘cancer breathalyser’

'Cancer breathalyser': Man whose wife died of cancer invents breathalyser that can detect the disease

Kate Gross – a former adviser to Tony Blair and Gordon Brown – died on Christmas Day last year, aged 36

The Cleveland Clinic’s new 22-storey hospital in Abu Dhabi is to open within two weeks

The game changer: US health group eyes up NHS contracts

America’s prestigious Cleveland Clinic has hired British staff to explore its UK opportunities

Jeremy Vine is believed to have earned a five-figure sum
The highly anticipated analysis of Scottish constituencies by Lord Ashcroft, the former Conservative deputy chairman, will back up recent polls which point to a major rewrite of Scotland’s political map

New polling data points to bloodletting of big names from Scottish political life

Ashcroft’s analysis of constituencies makes depressing reading for top Westminster faces

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One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

Join the tequila gold rush

The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
12 best statement wallpapers

12 best statement wallpapers

Make an impact and transform a room with a conversation-starting pattern
Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

Paul Scholes column

Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?