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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Ben Haenow is leading the Christmas number one race

First Sports Personality of the Year and then X Factor: The people have spoken... and they haven’t got a clue

While we may safely be permitted the trivial political choices, it's obvious that we cannot be trusted with the serious stuff

Jim Murphy campaigning for Better Together in the summer

Jim Murphy can start his long jog into the wilderness now

One need not understand the Murphy mind to salute the self-sacrificial little lamb

Ed Miliband has delivered a formal commitment to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to vote in elections from May 2016

Bring on the Clearasil Voters – they’ll knock spots off election apathy

My only complaint with Little Ed’s pledge-vow is that it doesn’t go far enough

Who will really benefit from Salmond’s return to Westminster?

This week the Government will publish its proposals for “English votes for English laws”

At least, unlike his nemesis, Gordon Brown had a soul to sell

One left the domestic stage long ago to fill the family coffers, the other will soon depart for what he hopes will be a final big job and chance to do some good. Yet even on the day Gordon Brown confirmed his retirement from Westminster, he and Tony Blair still seemed locked in combat.

Penny Mordaunt, Conservative MP

Penny Mordaunt's 'fowl' language might not fly with the British press, but does anyone else actually care?

The MP has been caught inserting the word "cock" into one of her speeches for a bet

David Mellor

David Mellor is a bully and a braggart of the first order — where is his class now?

The Tory grandee's awful verbal attack on a cab driver doesn't teach us anything that we don't already know

‘I’m on a bit of a mission’: Andy Burnham, Labour’s shadow Health Secretary, wants to create an ever-larger NHS

Thanks to Emily Thornberry's tweet, Andy Burnham will be the next Labour party leader

It will take a minor miracle to stop him

David Cameron inspects the Federation Guard in Canberra

Did Cameron develop his fatal flaw from the late Uncle Bill?

Cameron can never quite shake off the taint of being an Edwardian gent trapped out of time

The Labour Party is heading for defeat

Why Labour is going to pay the “British Nate Silver” almost as handsomely as Ukip did

General elections are now won far less by ideas than by algorithms

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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'
Marian Keyes: The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment

Marian Keyes

The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef creates an Italian-inspired fish feast for Christmas Eve

Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

Bill's Italian friends introduced him to the Roman Catholic custom of a lavish fish supper on Christmas Eve. Here, he gives the tradition his own spin…
Liverpool vs Arsenal: Brendan Rodgers is fighting for his reputation

Rodgers fights for his reputation

Liverpool manager tries to stay on his feet despite waves of criticism
Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
Michael Calvin: Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick