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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Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond delivers his speech at the Scottish National Party (SNP) Spring Conference in Aberdeen, Scotland April 12, 2014.

Scottish independence: It is the English who should be on their knees, begging the Scots to vote ‘No’

When First Sea Lord George Zambellas warns that Scottish independence will weaken the country's defences, who is he trying to kid?

Cameron should put Maria Miller out of her misery – but not at the behest of lazy keyboard-warriors

Online petitions, where it takes five seconds to tick a box between updating your Facebook page, seem dangerously glib

Can any of us even imagine a Sunday morning which doesn’t include Iain Duncan Smith talking nonsense?

IDS’s latest tour de force concerned the rule change whereby the disabled now qualify for the full Personal Independence Payment if they cannot walk 20 yards

Politicians’ fortunes are now like football managers’ – at the mercy of phone-in culture

The electorate is ill-served when Cameron or Miliband is up one minute and down the next

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Distraught families deserved so much more than a text to tell them ‘beyond reasonable doubt no one survived’

With such grievous news perhaps it is banal to fixate on the mode of communication, but this borders on wicked behaviour

Iain Duncan Smith, Work and Pensions Secretary

If IDS has got something against Canadians taking our plum banking jobs, he should come out and say it

We've all had enough of this petty-political point scoring

It's not just a row, it's a war. And I'd join Martin Amis for the march on Eton

His comments are a handy poke in the ribs for a country given to self-congratulation

Gove going rogue and a new slimline Osborne can only mean one thing: the War of the Tory Succession is hotting up

We’re all in this together, as George Osborne’s belt-tightening shows

A month ago, Bob Crow was reviled as a pina-colada-sipping hypocrite. But even Boris will miss him now he’s gone

Living under the dominion of beige technocrats, we crave colour in public figures

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Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?
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Time to play God

Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch where we may need to redefine nature itself
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MacGyver returns, but with a difference

Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman
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Tunnel renaissance

Why cities are hiding roads underground
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Boys to men

The Backstreet Boys might be middle-aged, married and have dodgy knees, but a heartfelt documentary reveals they’re not going gently into pop’s good night
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Crufts 2015

Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?
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Manchester City vs Barcelona player ratings

Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man at the Etihad?
Arsenal vs Monaco: Monaco - the making of Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger

Monaco: the making of Wenger

Jack Pitt-Brooke speaks to former players and learns the Frenchman’s man-management has always been one of his best skills
Cricket World Cup 2015: Chris Gayle - the West Indies' enigma lives up to his reputation

Chris Gayle: The West Indies' enigma

Some said the game's eternal rebel was washed up. As ever, he proved he writes the scripts by producing a blistering World Cup innings
In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare and murky loyalties prevails

In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare

This war in the shadows has been going on since the fall of Mr Yanukovych
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Homage or plagiarism?

'Birdman' shares much DNA with Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway'
Broadchurch ends as damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

A damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

Broadchurch, Series 2 finale, review
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Inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower