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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Tony Blair meeting troops in the port of Umm Qasr, Iraq in May, 2003

Why aren't we celebrating Tony Blair's success as the UN's Middle East peace envoy?

I just can't understand why so many people want to tarnish his peaceful reputation

Jenny Jones

Jenny Jones an extremist? Nice work, Met Police

Of course the 64-year-old Green peeresses with the potential to wield bicycle clips is a lethal enemy of the state

Phil Neville has been a regular on ‘Match of the Day’ since he retired last year

It's the great unanswerable question: what precisely are 'British values'?

If they are the same as the Coalition’s, does that mean CCTV cameras in class and lessons in bashing the poor?

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan-Smith vetoed the publication of a damning internal assessment of universal credit

Despite all evidence to the contrary, Iain Duncan Smith still insists everything is tickety-boo with his big project

His bold attempt to restrict welfare is an even bigger calamity than previously thought

Although ruling out a ‘big bang’ renationalisation, Ed Miliband said parts of the network could return to public ownership

Does Miliband really want to win the election?

You have to wonder anew whether the politician’s ungodly resilience is a sign of strength, paralysis or delusion

David Willetts defends Tory policy on tax and marriage, but emphasises need for practical solutions

David Willetts is a Tory Time Lord protecting the UK from surefire destruction

We all know about the leap year, but the leap second? It's now under threat, but our beloved science minister is here to save it

Max Clifford outside court

Max Clifford played a crucial role in the conviction of Jonathan King. Now the roles have been reversed

Plus, Louise Mensch really knows glamour when she sees it

Max Clifford remained silent when he left Southwark Crown Court

Max Clifford guilty verdict: To inflict suffering and feel no shame - that is the mystery of men like this

He bragged about earning a fortune from suppressing stories, but failed to perform that protective role for himself

The notion that Mr T directs his righteous wrath at the wrong target is wildly misdirected and it ill behoves anyone to call him demented

It took a man with both unimpeachable integrity and flawless perspective to identify The Independent as the bad guy

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