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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Amjad Bashir said Ukip had become a 'party of ruthless self-interest'

Could Ukip turncoat Amjad Bashir be the Churchill of his day?

Anyone who has stated that what most attracted him to Ukip was its discipline deserves a legislative voice 

There will always be anti-semitism, but let’s also remember how protected and valued we Jews in the UK are

Where is the evidence that I should be succumbing to fear and abandoning these shores?

Why has a former cheerleader hauled Ed Miliband over the carpet?

According to the Mail on Sunday, Miliband should have caused panic by heralding the financial meltdown well in advance

Remaining ‘Charlie Hebdo’ staff at work, in the ‘Libération’ offices, two days after last week’s shootings

After Charlie Hebdo, journalists have to be honest about how far they are prepared to go

Anyone can state pieties about defending the right to free speech

Emptychairing Cameron? Ed Miliband missed a trick

If Cameron’s best notion of proving himself true blue is to mix his yellow streak with those sincere concerns for the excluded Greens, that is his right

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The dangers of foresight and hindsight meet in election predictions

Is it really a good idea to claim there's no way we'll have another coalition come May?

Oliver Letwin arrives in Downing Street for a cabinet meeting

If the UK does end up breaking apart at some point in the future, we can blame Oliver Letwin

It turns out that he effectively rescued the poll tax for Margaret Thatcher

David Cameron and Boris Johnson celebrate Great Britain's Olympic athletes during a 2012 parade

Bring on the 2015 general election! And another one straight after!

It’s only natural to love a bit of chaos

Labour's Simon Danczuk is flirting with Nigel Farage, but will he answer his prayers and defect?

Even if he doesn't, the MP could be trying to send a signal to the Rochdale electorate about his true stance on immigration

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

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project