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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Donald Trump said of John McCain being greeted by President Richard Nixon in 1973, that he was not a war hero because he was captured

Behold the rise of the joke candidate, from Andy Burnham to Donald Trump

We have drifted into a strange nexus where the riotously humorous and the profoundly grave meet

Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt

Doughty Hunt scrubs up to lead from front on weekend working

Or was the health secretary out shopping?

A victory for Jeremy Corbyn would at least put his party of its misery

Labour’s tragedy is that Jeremy Corbyn is much the best leadership candidate

This black-hole contest distorts time; it feels like years since the shortlist was unveiled

Sally and John Bercow

From the Bercows to the Danczuks, which family is the hardest-working of all?

Let’s ask Vernon Kay to decide

A replica urn sits on the turf at Swalec Stadium in Cardiff, ahead of the first Ashes Test match

Ashes 2015: Why a nation with no history or culture is so desperate to win

An international mash-up born itself in part of nationalistic disdain

Greece's finance minister Yanis Varoufakis casts his vote in the country's referendum

Evel Economakis proves nominative determinism alive and well in Greece

Like the fact that Buzz Aldrin’s mother’s maiden name was Moon, a byline from Economakis seems too good to be true

John Noakes was everyone’s favourite presenter in the 1970s. It’s a shock to realise the eternal boy scout is now an octogenarian suffering from dementia

How remarkable that John Noakes still has the power to affect me so

The image of the 81-year-old slipping down a storm drain is viciously depressing

I’ll support England’s women, but it’s not like men’s football – and that’s a good thing

Men’s football makes you psychotic, and your allegiance to a team obliterates morality

Tim Farron, the Lib Dem leadership frontrunner, is calling for an arms policy overhaul

Lib Dems shouldn’t put their faith in divine intervention

Farron’s latest claim that he lacks ambition hints at a sinfully laissez faire relationship with the Commandment

A cancer patient undergoes a CT scan. Around 300,000 new cancer diagnoses are made in the UK every year (Getty)

Untold lives wouldn’t need saving if we followed the Cuban model of focusing on preventative healthcare

If you want to improve cancer survival rates, the answer isn’t bypassing specialists

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Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

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