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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England's Graeme Swann (L) and Graham Onions walk from the field at the end of the days play during day three of the four day warm-up international cricket match between New Zealand XI and England

Graeme Swann has stunned his sport by quitting mid cricket series. Will he give politicians ideas?

Fingers crosses this is the birth of a thrilling new trend

‘Mission accomplished’ in Afghanistan? No, just a diversion from Catherine the Great

Cameron could not say the Afghan war has been a brutal exercise in nihilistic futility

Rupert Murdoch's love life, rather than his business, is now under scrutiny

Is it time to start feeling sorry for Rupert Murdoch?

After an uncomfortable month, the mogul was barred from his son-in-law's birthday

Poor old Princess Michael of Kent in these hard times of austerity

We can all chip in to help...

Benjamin Netanyahu’s refusal to attend Nelson Mandela’s memorial service speaks of Israel’s growing isolationism

Some will dispute the Israeli prime minister’s excuse of 'cost' issues

Labour gathers the wild geese for one more tilt at the throne, but can Alastair and Wee Dougie really liberate the keys to No 10?

In the circumstances, it is impossible to keep the mind from straying to southern Africa. I refer to the leaked memo from the office of Labour’s Douglas Alexander, the political glove puppet who repented his long stint as Sooty to Gordon Brown’s Harry H Corbett to become what looks like the last Blairite ultra in the toy box.

For Indecisive Dave, this constant reversal of core beliefs must be terribly exhausting

Perhaps one day, the PM will decide who he is and what he believes

Rupert Murdoch
with Wendi Deng

Where are Alastair Campbell and John Scarlett when you need them to rebut this awful tittle-tattle about Tony and Wendi?

Details of the friendship continue to trickle into the public domain

Michael Clarke and the Ashes: The shocking thing about sledging is not the damage it causes but how witless it is

England and Australia might just as well indulge in a spot of ice hockey-style brawling

End of the affair: Has Rupert Murdoch has been struck by the curse of a close friendship with Mr Tony Blair?

A Murdoch spokesman tells the MoS that “Rupert Murdoch will have nothing more to do with Tony Blair. Not ever”

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