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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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

Remaining ‘Charlie Hebdo’ staff at work, in the ‘Libération’ offices, two days after last week’s shootings

After Charlie Hebdo, journalists have to be honest about how far they are prepared to go

Anyone can state pieties about defending the right to free speech

Emptychairing Cameron? Ed Miliband missed a trick

If Cameron’s best notion of proving himself true blue is to mix his yellow streak with those sincere concerns for the excluded Greens, that is his right

Mystic Meg

The dangers of foresight and hindsight meet in election predictions

Is it really a good idea to claim there's no way we'll have another coalition come May?

Oliver Letwin arrives in Downing Street for a cabinet meeting

If the UK does end up breaking apart at some point in the future, we can blame Oliver Letwin

It turns out that he effectively rescued the poll tax for Margaret Thatcher

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

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NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own