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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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

Was this the game when the public started to fall back in love with English cricket?

How can anyone say Test match cricket is dying after this glorious, complex battle?

The crowd was sated in a way no one can be by the cheap McCricket thrills of Twenty20

The General Secretary of Unite, Len McCluskey

Labour and the unions are destined to remain in their tense but loveless marriage

The McCluskey volcano will probably remain dormant if Burnham wins

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