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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Worried for the future of the church? Call in the crystal Methodist

Hall-ey-yoooo-yah! A spiritual leader for our modern times

Ed Miliband on ‘Desert Island Discs’: Surely ‘Great Balls of Fire’ is a cert for the Labour leader...

Plus, why Alasatair Campbell can't accept he isn't Malcolm Tucker

Like father, like son – is that the moral of Nicky Blair’s career as a football agent?

Let's just hope any Middle East invasions turn out better than the old man's

Matthew Norman on Monday: David Beckham's knighthood...You heard it first from the Spice Girls

If you remember the lyrics to 'Wannabe', you'll know why...

Jeremy Paxman interview Russell Brand for Newsnight

From Russell Brand to Jeremy Paxman: We the Disillusioned hold a majority in modern politics

At the ballot, many millions deserve the chance to say “I loathe you all”

The passions of Sven: could this finally explain 2006?

Nancy Dell'Olio may lie at the heart of England's World Cup exit

The passions of Sven: could this finally explain 2006?

The British public owes Sven-Goran Eriksson an apology for a cruel misjudgement. The image of the Swede as an emotionless sort with the ice of his homeland’s fjords clogging in his veins, based on an interview manner to make that equally unlikely swordsman John Major sound like Russell Brand’s zanier uncle, is revealed as nonsense by his autobiography.

Roll up for the ritual pantomine of politicians bashing the BBC

Worry not, the beeb is too battle-hardened to this thuggery to take much notice

Alastair Campbell photographed at his north London home

Burnley’s sad loss is the world’s gain, Alastair

The lobbying firm Campbell works for as an adviser has a new, very rich client

Conservative MP Daniel Kawczynski, seen here at a protest in 2008, was heard telling a beggar in a wheelchair outside parliament to 'get a job'.

Wheelchair beggars, there are jobs for you! Just ask Daniel Kawczynski

Couldn't Mr McGuigan and the Conservative MP swap roles?

Day In a Page

Migrants in Britain a decade on: The Poles who brought prosperity

Migrants in Britain a decade on

The Poles who brought prosperity
Philippe Legrain: 'The eurozone crisis has tipped many into disillusionment, despair and extremism - we need a European Spring'

Philippe Legrain: 'We need a European Spring'

The eurozone crisis has tipped many into disillusionment, despair and extremism - this radically altered landscape calls for a new kind of politics, argues the economist
A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A moment of glory on the Western Front for the soldiers of the Raj

A History of the First World War in 100 moments

A moment of glory on the Western Front for the soldiers of the Raj
Judith Owen reveals how husband Harry Shearer - star of This Is Spinal Tap and The Simpsons - helped her music flourish

Judith Owen: 'How my husband helped my music flourish'

Her mother's suicide and father's cancer also informed the singer-songwriter's new album, says Pierre Perrone
The online lifeline: How a housing association's remarkable educational initiative gave hope to tenant battling long-term illness and depression

Online lifeline: Housing association's educational initiative

South Yorkshire Housing Association's free training courses gave hope to tenant battling long-term illness and depression
Face-recognition software: Is this the end of anonymity for all of us?

Face-recognition software: The end of anonymity?

The software is already used for military surveillance, by police to identify suspects - and on Facebook
Train Kick Selfie Guy is set to scoop up to $250,000 thanks to his viral video - so how can you cash in on your candid moments?

Viral videos: Cashing in on candid moments

Train Kick Selfie Guy Jared Frank could receive anything between $30,000 (£17,800) to $250,000 (£149,000) for his misfortune - and that's just his cut of advertising revenue from being viewed on YouTube
The world's fastest elevators - 20 metres per second - are coming soon to China

World's fastest elevators coming soon to China

Whatever next? Simon Usborne finds out from Britain's highest authority on the subject
Cityfathers tackles long-hours culture that causes men to miss out on seeing their children

Cityfathers tackles long-hours culture

The organisation is the brainchild of Louisa Symington-Mills, a chief operating officer who set up Citymothers in 2012 - a group that now boasts more than 3,000 members
Brits who migrate to Costa del Sol more unhappy than those who stay at home

It's not always fun in the sun: Moving abroad does not guarantee happiness

Brits who migrate to Costa del Sol more unhappy than those who stay at home
Migrants in Britain a decade on: They came, they worked, they stayed in Lincolnshire

Migrants in Britain a decade on

They came, they worked, they stayed in Lincolnshire
Chris Addison on swapping politics for pillow talk

Chris Addison on swapping politics for pillow talk

The 'Thick of It' favourite thinks the romcom is an 'awful genre'. So why is he happy with a starring role in Sky Living's new Lake District-set series 'Trying Again'?
Why musicians play into their old age

Why musicians play into their old age

Nick Hasted looks at how they are driven by a burning desire to keep on entertaining fans despite risking ridicule
How can you tell a gentleman?

How can you tell a gentleman?

A list of public figures with gallant attributes by Country Life magazine throws a fascinating light on what it means to be a gentleman in the modern world