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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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

From left: Yvette Cooper, Jeremy Corbyn, Liz Kendall and Andy Burnham at the televised Labour leadership debate last night

For just £3, you could help make the Corbyn fantasy come true

A victory for Jeremy would be the most dramatic upset in political history

London taxi's line up on The Mall during a protest against a new smart phone app, 'Uber' on 11 June 2014 in London, England.

Uber is overwhelming – London black cabs’ only future is tourism and tetchy Tories

The black cabs may never surrender, but they will be defeated by the internet

Regrets: I’ve had a few, but then again they stop me being a sociopathic monster

The capacity to feel debased by imperfection is an essential building block of what it means to be human

If you’re worried about Bilderberg, just take a look at the guest list...

Even the most fanciful alarmist will accept that Michael O’Leary could play no part in global domination

Great Auntie Liz takes Yvette on a merry tap dance to Westminster

If Yvette’s Hampshire childhood wasn’t quite as Dickensian as her story hints, the last thing she’d do is ramp up the poverty cred to appeal to her electorate

The strangely parallel lives of Oliver Letwin and Ed Miliband

The similarities between the pair are uncanny enough to warrant the ‘Twilight Zone’ theme

The Porsche whose ‘H982 FKL’ number plate triggered a diplomatic row with Argentina

Will James May and Richard Hammond keep Top Gear's flame of inspired puerility alive?

Jeremy Clarkson's sidekicks may yet appear in a revamped version of the show

It may be early-onset senility to blame, but I’m sure the FA Cup Final used to be far more memorable

The FA’s complacent idiocy turned a globally revered tournament into the festival of meh it is today

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US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but doubts linger over security

'A gift from Egypt to the rest of the world'

VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but is it really needed?
Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, applauds a man who clearly has more important things on his mind
The male menopause and intimations of mortality

Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

So the male menopause is real, they say, but what would the Victorians, 'old' at 30, think of that, asks DJ Taylor
Man Booker Prize 2015: Anna Smaill - How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?

'How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?'

Man Booker Prize nominee Anna Smaill on the rise of Kiwi lit
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The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems
Art of the state: Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China

Art of the state

Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China
Mildreds and Vanilla Black have given vegetarian food a makeover in new cookbooks

Vegetarian food gets a makeover

Long-time vegetarian Holly Williams tries to recreate some of the inventive recipes in Mildreds and Vanilla Black's new cookbooks
The haunting of Shirley Jackson: Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?

The haunting of Shirley Jackson

Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?
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Bill Granger's seaside-inspired recipes

These dishes are so easy to make, our chef is almost embarrassed to call them recipes
Ashes 2015: Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

A woefully out-of-form Michael Clarke embodies his team's fragile Ashes campaign, says Michael Calvin
Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza

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Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza
HMS Victory: The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

Exclusive: David Keys reveals the research that finally explains why HMS Victory went down with the loss of 1,100 lives
Survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bomb attack: Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism

'I saw people so injured you couldn't tell if they were dead or alive'

Nagasaki survivors on why Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism
Jon Stewart: The voice of Democrats who felt Obama had failed to deliver on his 'Yes We Can' slogan, and the voter he tried hardest to keep onside

The voter Obama tried hardest to keep onside

Outgoing The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, became the voice of Democrats who felt the President had failed to deliver on his ‘Yes We Can’ slogan. Tim Walker charts the ups and downs of their 10-year relationship on screen