Janet Street-Porter

A former editor of The Independent on Sunday, Janet Street-Porter is now the paper’s editor-at-large. As a journalist and broadcaster she has had an innovative and groundbreaking career in television, creating programmes for the BBC, Channel 4 and LWT, for which she has won a Bafta and the Prix Italia. She is also vice president of the Rambler’s Association.

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The right of children to breath clean air trumps any ‘right’ a parent has to smoke

Addiction to cigarettes is harming children in low-income homes and they have no choice in the matter

A teenage girl uses her smartphone in bed.

Remove smartphones from the hands of under-18s and maybe they will grow up to be less dumb

We must re-engage young people in our democracy, and learn some lessons from the SNP’s stunning success.

Time travel: Thomas Cook has been trading since 1841

A horror show from Thomas Cook that tells you all you need to know about ethical consumerism

When corporations behave badly we have the power to bring them down by removing their life blood, but we rarely exercise it

With one billion prescriptions written every year, it’s time to wean ourselves off the drugs

Medication has reached a shocking level in the UK: the NHS in England dishes out 2.7 million items every single day

David Cameron speaks outside of Downing Street

Democracy has spoken – but was anyone in power actually listening?

If he truly cares about Britain, Cameron needs to find a way to listen to other points of view and to move to consensus rather than confrontation

The best communicators in the final TV debate were the audience, not the party leaders

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg could learn a thing or two about talking to the public from three passionate women

The best communicators in the debate in that hall in Leeds were the amateurs, the ordinary folk sitting in the audience

Fat is harmful and obesity should not be a badge of pride

The latest fatwa has been slapped on singer Jamelia

Queen Elizabeth II with members of the Order of Merit

Either the Queen thinks that only one in 24 Britons are women, or her Order of Merit is appallingly backward

There’s nothing wrong in recognising the most distinguished minds in our society, but there's obviously been a huge oversight here

Thanks to social media, we’ve become a shouty society where no one listens and bullies prosper

New laws are supposed to protect us from internet trolling, but they will be totally ineffective

For all his faults, Russell Brand is utterly sincere, something politicians should emulate

It’s easy to sneer and knock Brand’s musings, but too much emphasis is placed on being 'constructive' in arguments

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