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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David Cameron inspects the Federation Guard in Canberra

Did Cameron develop his fatal flaw from the late Uncle Bill?

Cameron can never quite shake off the taint of being an Edwardian gent trapped out of time

The Labour Party is heading for defeat

Why Labour is going to pay the “British Nate Silver” almost as handsomely as Ukip did

General elections are now won far less by ideas than by algorithms

Nigel Farage has urged supporters to buy Mike Read's Ukip Calypso song and push it up to the No 1 spot

Mike Read’s Ukip calypso is mesmerisingly atrocious — but it's not racist

If it seems a peculiar musical form for a pre-2014 election campaign anthem, well, isn’t that the central point about Ukip?

Sol Campbell near his home in Chelsea

Sol Campbell's transfer to the Tories could be what the Conservatives need to defend millionaires from the dreaded ‘mansion tax’

Campbell is following a venerable tradition of sporting heroes turned politicians

The Prime Minister insisted he wanted the debates to happen, but he argued that it was unfair to include Nigel Farage at the expense of the Green Party

Sorry Dave — TV debates might be scary but so is being Prime Minister, so just get on with it

However wounding the encounters might be, Cameron will only make things worse if he tries to avoid them

Alan Johnson is set for a frontline role in the next general election

Alan Johnson’s lack of leadership ambition is inexcusable

There is nothing charming about a gifted, hugely popular politican preferring the sidelines

Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen

Keane and Pietersen reveal the ego-fuelled fight for truth in sport

Neither are able to understand a simple lesson — a genius will get away with being a seething cauldron of egomania only for as long as the genius endures

Jeremy Clarkson has been escorted out of Argentina along with the rest of the Top Gear cast and crew after angering locals with a Falklands War number plate

Divorce for Freud and Murdoch, a brush with death for Clarkson – what kind of curse has befallen the Chipping Norton set?

Do you believe in coincidence? I wouldn’t ordinarily begin with a metaphysical inquiry, but after an utterly calamitous weekend for the Chipping Norton Set there seems no escaping it.

Norovirus the food poisoning bug that causes violent stomach flu

A flu pandemic could decide next year’s election

If anything is to break the four-party politics deadlock, it could well be the NHS.

Mark Reckless, a Tory MP, has announced he is defecting to Ukip

Could Brooks Newmark and Mark Reckless have timed things any better?

Ed Miliband can breathe easier than he deserves to this week

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This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
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One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
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Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
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King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
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End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
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Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
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Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
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Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
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Join the tequila gold rush

The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
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Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

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