Matthew Norman

Press Awards Columnist of the Year 2008, the political commentator Matthew Norman also writes The Independent’s media diary.

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Election 2015: The SNP and an SMC (Salmond-Murdoch Conspiracy)

Plus Cameron’s dose of (Red) Bull and Balls’ bouncing cheques

David Cameron's election guru Lynton Crosby

If Lynton Crosby were a football manager, he'd be Jose Mourinho

It isn’t just the steamroller negativity, but the reliance on confected paranoia

David Cameron was openly emotional at the prospect of Scotland leaving the union before the referendum

General election 2015: Remember when David Cameron almost cried over Scotland because he loved it so much?

It turns out he was being as sincere as Tony Soprano sympathising with the widow of someone he had killed

Ukip leader Nigel Farage in Tiny Tim’s tea shop while canvassing in Rochester this week

What on earth has happened to Ukip?

Just a few months ago, Nigel Farage was anticipating his party winning 40 seats

If Rupert Murdoch can't swing it for the Tories, he will lose his grip over Britain

Only now are the fruits of Ed Miliband's laceration of News International four years ago fully ripening

With an eye for strategy: Stephen Fry’s General Melchett and Rowan Atkinson’s Edmund Blackadder

What Cameron really needs is to turn this into a khaki election

The PM is a more retrograde strategist than Blackadder's General Melchett

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt

Saving the NHS is easy if you don’t need to say where the money’s from

Do polls show that voters have the minds of Dr Pavlov’s dogs, drooling the moment they hear 'extra £8bn for health'?

Murray and his bride-to-be Kim Sears, pictured at Buckingham Palace, have opted for a private ceremony

Andy Murray wedding: Here’s wishing my modest, magnificent hero a really ace service

Novak Djokovic, Mr Murray’s precise contemporary and oldest tennis friend, will not be there

Dastardly Dave: the Prime Minister was likened to the villainous Dick Dastardly

David Cameron and Dick Dastardly – two tricksters impossible to tell apart

'The Wacky Races' has, in a case of Jungian synchronicity, pulled in to electoral relevance

So where will Duncan Smith find those £12bn of welfare savings?

Iain lives in a fantasy land of beanstalks leading to gold-filled chests and unicorns dancing the tango with centaurs

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Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
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Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
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China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
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Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
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The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
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Welcome to the world of Megagames

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Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before