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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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

Chuka Umunna was elected MP for Streatham in 2010

Could flirty Chuka Umunna be worth a punt for Labour’s top job?

We might finally be warming to the man known as “the British Obama”

One second Cameron cries for the Union, the next he’s joined the Poor Little Englanders

We now know that when the Cameron lachrymals are activated… reverse the meaning of his next sentence

Hilary Mantel in 2003 - years before she released a short story, in which she fantasised about the death of Margaret Thatcher
David Cameron addresses No campagn supporters in Aberdeen

Scottish independence: Cameron faces a choice between destroying his country or his party

A No vote will be nothing more than a temporary stay of the death sentence

Alex Salmond poses for a selfie in Glasgow

Salmond couldn’t have picked a better shower of 11th-hour opponents

The First Minister has been blessed. Just watch them go

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown attends a Better Together rally in Dundee, Scotland.

For Gordon Brown, redemption is at hand

The former Prime Minister is reborn as a superhero today. He may have found his moment in history

Rupert Murdoch likes to back a winner. So what’s he doing cosying up to Nigel Farage?

This is tactical posturing designed to petrify the Tories

Jim Murphy, Shadow Secretary of State for International Development holds a carton of eggs during a speech to Better Together supporters

When the course of history is on the line, democracy is a raw, vicious and filthy business

A little light intimidation has always been part and parcel of the game

Stuart Wheeler now backs Ukip and has convinced Douglas Carswell to join him

As one of Ukip's biggest donors, Stuart Wheeler is helping fund a revolution

But what do we actually know about the exceedingly right-wing septuagenarian?

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Who can defeat the so-called 'Islamic State' – and how?
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Marks and Spencer

Can a new team of designers put the spark back into the high-street brand?
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'We haven't invaded France'

Italy's Prime Minister 'reclaims' Europe's highest peak
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Why do we ignore the worst of the massacres?

The West’s determination not to offend its Sunni allies helps Isis and puts us all at risk, says Patrick Cockburn
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Remembering 7/7 ten years on

Four emergency workers recall their memories of that day – and reveal how it's affected them ever since
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We want robots to do our drudge work, and to look enough like us for comfort. But are the scientists developing artificial intelligence in danger of replicating the TV drama Humans?
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Time to lay these myths about the Deep South to rest

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What exactly does 'one' mean?

Court of Appeal passes judgement on thorny mathematical issue