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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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Top marks, Kenneth Baker. These technical schools are precisely what the nation needs

His system mixes maths, English and science with vocational training that leads to work

The Chancellor George Osborne takes his seat after his Spending Review address in which he introduced benefit restrictions designed to save £4bn a year

Matthew Norman on Monday: Manuscript features memories of a youthful George Osborne

A book about to be published will allegedly be embarrassing for the Chancellor

Want to know how Norman Baker got this job? I’ve got the answers

Mr Clegg could no longer resist  the pressure to unveil himself as  a satirist

Matthew Norman on Monday: Let’s celebrate the Mail’s rampant multiculturalism

We are all welcome to the paper's lighting of the Chanukah freedom lights

The US shutdown isn’t serious, but the reasons behind it are

The GOP’s intrasigence under Obama has scaled maniacal heights

Matthew Norman on Monday: What's Iain Duncan Smith doing running welfare?

Plus: Cameron remembers things differently, On election debates,  I agree with Ed, A fat lot of respect for poor Michael Gove

Ed Miliband delivers his speech at the Labour Party conference in Brighton

Great speech Ed, but completely unnecessary

Miliband illustrated yet again that addressing the party conference is a perennial triumph of hope over experience

Rogue male: Damian McBride was ‘a law unto himself’ according to Ed Balls

Matthew Norman on Monday: Balls protests ignorance over McBride, but surely he is too saintly for politics?

Ed Balls has said he had no idea of Damien McBride’s machinations, revealed last week

Oh you nearly men - how different history could have been for Vince Cable and his like

Vince Cable seems destined to join the great lost leaders in the ghostly halls where political dreams go to die. There he will flit alongside Rab Butler and David Miliband

As Brown's adviser, he was associated with the so-called 'forces of hell'

Who’s the Labour insider about to spill the beans?

Surely the Daily Mail wouldn't stoop to employ the 'scurrilous' Damian McBride

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