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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Thank you, Grant Shapps, for a glorious new bit of cockney rhyming slang

The Tory chairman puts me in mind of the guy with blingy rings who once tried selling me laser surgery

Jeremy Clarkson attends A Night Of Heroes: The Sun Military Awards at National Maritime Museum on December 10, 2014 in London, England.

Forget right and left, where do you stand on the Jeremy Clarkson debate?

His latest spat sounds like it was modelled on the ‘Waldorf Salad’ episode of ‘Fawlty Towers’

Margaret Hodge and her Commons Public Accounts Committee are investigating alleged tax avoidance

With a past like hers, Margaret Hodge might show a bit more humility

In the Eighties Hodge was aware of previous child sex abuse in the care homes for which she was responsible, and did nothing about it

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

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