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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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

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

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Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

By Reason of Insanity

Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
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Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
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Vince Cable interview

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Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
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The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media