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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The Palace of Westminster is falling down, according to John Bercow

£3bn to repair Parliament? Knock it into flats and send MPs up North

In contrast to the Bercow masterplan, my idea would cost taxpayers nothing

Tory MP David Tredinnick arrives at 10 Downing Street

Astrology wouldn’t just be a boon to the NHS – think how much better it could make MI5

I reckon MP David Tredinnick could really be on to something

Benjamin Netanyahu and his cartoon bomb – the Israeli PM shows his ‘evidence’

A bombshell for Bibi - if Israel's Prime Minister could feel any shame

When Mossad is the voice of common sense, you know something is very, very wrong

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls says he always asks for proof of cash-in-hand payments

What was Ed Balls thinking? Was he thinking at all?

Between Chancellor and Shadow Chancellor, we have two men who have made a complete mess of handling the tax-avoidance issue

Iain Duncan Smith plans a national roll out of universal credit from next week

For Iain Duncan Smith’s next trick, he should tax the rich like he punishes the poor

No one empathises with the needy more than IDS...

Nick Clegg's strategy will be to appeal to women forced to choose between career and children (Getty)

If Clegg loses his seat this man may hold the balance of power

Does anyone in the Lib Dems have a clue?

Ed Miliband needs to find his inner Rocky

Pinned to the ropes, the only option is to come out throwing haymakers

Stefano Pessina says Ed Miliband would be a ‘catastrophe’ for the UK
Benedict Cumberbatch attends a special screening of his latest film The Imitation Game

Benedict Cumberbatch race row: What's the actual difference between 'coloured' and 'person of colour'?

I haven’t had time to check my privilege on this one yet, but I can't see why his comments are so controversial

Pressure is growing on Chris Grayling to abandon the Government bid to advise Saudi Arabia on running its prisons (Getty)

What in sanity’s name is Chris Grayling doing in the job of Justice Secretary?

He’s presided over prison chaos, and now he’s offering his ‘expertise’ to the Saudis

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Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
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