Matt Chorley

Matt Chorley is Political Correspondent for The Independent on Sunday.

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David Penman: Says the PM's criticism of staff would not be tolerated in business

Civil Service 'faces exodus of mandarins'

Whitehall union chief says Government should stop criticising and increase pay

Matt Chorley: Whatever it is, the over-enthusiast is right behind it

It is a bumper season for over-enthusiasts. Their deckchair-pocked buttocks have barely recovered from sleeping out on The Mall when along comes another jamboree of flags, snacks and trivia.

No doubt Atkinson's first play for 25 years will add to his back catalogue of flawed English stereotypes

Hero or Villain? Rowan Atkinson

On paper, Rowan Atkinson should be easy to hate. A multi-millionaire petrol head, whose brother nearly ran Ukip, a friend of the Prince of Wales, purveyor of hit-and-miss comedy and cash-in spin-offs. A rubber-faced, slimmed down Jeremy Clarkson.

Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, in his ministerial office, which, he jokes, he had 'exorcised' after Prescott vacated it

Eric Pickles: The man who wants to bring back blame

Exclusive interview: The Communities Secretary is a plain-speaking foil to his privileged boss. But there's steel behind the charm. Matt Chorley meets Eric Pickles

On yer bike: Former Tory policy adviser Steve Hilton

Cameron's policy guru will not return to No 10

It started with 'hug a husky' and the Big Society. Now the PM has had enough of his blue-sky thinker

David Heath: The deputy leader of the Commons clung on to his Somerton and Frome seat, but has lost 27 per cent of members who disagree with coalition politics

Lib Dems suffer plunge in party membership

Ministers' constituencies show the steepest losses as one fifth of activists quit across the country

Lansley: GPs 'must protect patients'

Andrew Lansley tells striking doctors to protect patients

Doctors are to be challenged by Andrew Lansley to make sure patient safety is not put at risk by their plan to strike over changes to their pensions.

Eric Pickles: tax claim

Tories' tax break for granny flats is 'cynical spin'

Ministers have been accused of "cynical spin" over claims that they are offering new tax breaks on "granny flats", as live-in annexes for relatives aged over 65 have been exempt from council tax for 15 years.

Charles may lose his global role when king

Prince Charles could be stripped of the title of Head of the Commonwealth when he becomes King, under radical plans set out in a book published to coincide with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Beach poise: Even by the seaside, the rules of etiquette pertain

Matt Chorley: Why can't the Brits hack it at the seaside?

Our writer fears the 'sand sandwiches' season is here again

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NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own