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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Midge Ure and Sir Bob Geldof outside the Notting Hill recording studios for Band Aid 30

Why can’t we give in private, instead of making such a show of donating to charity?

The scramble of one charity competing against another to entice and seduce us is such a waste of talent and effort

A woman's hand at a wedding

Marriage needs a rebranding if it’s going to appeal to more than just snobs with an inheritance to protect

Rich people are twice as likely to get married now compared with 15 years ago, whereas the less you earn, the less likely you are to marry

The nanny state will soon turn more women into criminals thanks to these draconian laws

The threat of fines and criminalisation is not just wrong, it’s morally dubious

Stephen Gough makes his way south through Peebles in the Scottish Borders, in 2012

We tolerate nudity on our screens, but as soon as the Naked Rambler goes for a stroll, we’re all outraged

How can someone who has spent nine years in jail for his beliefs not have received more public support?

Artist Grayson Perry stands in front of a piece of his entitled 'Comfort Blanket'

In the debate about our national identity, my vote goes to Grayson Perry and his glorious tapestry

What makes Britain unique is all our warts and weirdness

Moves to regulate e-cigarettes and similar products as medicines come amid increasing evidence of their effectiveness

The right to contaminate your surroundings and shorten your life is simply not worth fighting for

The Government needs to stop pandering to voters and get tough on smoking bans

Can celebrities help to invigorate democracy in the same way as they have to save tuna?

If celebrity pictures can save endangered species, could they save our endangered democracy too?

Default man dominates politics – even Ukip has no idea how to appeal to women and gay people

Karl Lagerfeld and Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen lead the models the fashion riot at the finale of Chanel's show

‘Feminist’ fashion designers like Karl Lagerfeld and Stella McCartney should stick to their dresses

Designers need to stop issuing manifestos to go with their frocks

Sir Richard Branson has told his staff they can take as much holiday as they like

It’s not unlimited holidays workers need, but an absolute ban on after-hours emails and calls

It would be almost impossible to run anything if staff only turned up when they felt like it, but they should be offered greater flexibility

In-your-face humour: Katie Brayben in ‘King Charles III’

I can’t resist the lure of a powerful political drama

Plus, for such an artistic city, London can't do public art

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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?