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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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

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

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A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

Doctor Who Christmas Special TV review
Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all