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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Former N-Dubz singer Tulisa Contostavlos gives a statement outside Southwark Crown Court after her trial

It would be wrong to compare brave Tulisa’s ordeal with phone hacking. It’s much worse than that

The way Mazher Mahmood treated Tulisa makes her more of a victim than any celebrity who had their phone hacked

Environmental groups have launched a ferocious attack on the Tory former minister Owen Paterson after he used his new freedom from office to label them a 'green blob' of 'unelected busybodies' who were damaging Britain

Owen Paterson and Liam Fox to star in... Backbenchers Behaving Badly

The "Green Blob" must be quaking in their boots

David Cameron at a recent event

Cameron is under pressure to misrepresent the Tory party as a reflection of the electorate

The latest cabinet reshuffle will be yet another exercise in the superficiality of politics

Enough of this parliamentary privilege hogwash

On Monday’s Newsnight, archive footage from an old Michael Cockerell documentary cast some sort of light – however shady and gloomy – on the potential cover-up of political paedophilia. As brief as it was chilling, as tonally casual as it was factually astonishing, it involved a Conservative MP, now dead, who served as a senior government whip in Edward Heath’s early 1970s administration.

The Houses of Parliament and the river Thames are shrouded in early morning fog

The whips can no longer maintain Westminster's shroud of secrecy

They've long been the secret-keepers of politics, but privilege can't protect them now

Former Home Secretary David Blunkett (Getty)

Blunkett bravely equates the ‘terrible trauma’ inflicted by Harris and Coulson on their victims – such as himself

It's insensitive at best, and cloyingly narcissistic at worst

The key players: Rebekah Brooks

Let’s not forget that Rebekah Brooks was a victim too. Goodness me, yes…

How could we dispute the Murdoch press’s reporting of the outcome of the hacking trial?

Roy Hodgson

Matthew Norman on World Cup 2014: Oi, Hodgson, don’t beat yourself up

You of all people know this is not a national disaster, merely a slight, if predictable, disappointment

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

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