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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I tried transcendental meditation to calm my boundless inner rage. But that just gave me paranoid delusions

Latterly, my quest for cardiac health has taken in yoga - also to no avail

You’ve got to love a bit of Tory infighting. But who’s going to land the decisive punch? George Osborne or Boris Johnson?

A Tory defeat would fatally damage the London mayor’s golden image and clear Osborne’s path to the leadership

Rebecca Adlington has a new nose, and good for her. Who wouldn’t do the same?

This enchantingly natural role model has had the sense to buy a little artifice

By George, Dr Carey’s right! All those poor people need food banks because their feckless parents never taught them to cook

This bishop holds quite different views to his clerical brethren

Philip Hammond’s not sexist, he’s serially confused. Which bodes ill for British foreign policy

To be the victim of one fiasco may be a misfortune. Twice looks like a pattern

Winter Olympics 2014: How can one possibly get excited about curling? Very easily, it seems

British victories – like this one at Sochi – are irresistible, no matter how ridiculous the sport

Boris Johnson abhorred the ‘undemocratic’ Tube strike for ‘squeezing the capital’s windpipe’, echoing the Prime Minister’s sentiments

Boris Johnson sides with Cameron in union bashing, but the mayor may decline Dorries’ fervent support

'When Boris speaks,' Nadine observes, 'people listen.' Indeed. But, not all people

Classless society? Don’t make me laugh. It’s only when the floods hit the Home Counties that the PM puts his wellies on

As waters reached the Eton weights room, Cameron sprang into action

‘Pierce Blue Eyes’ is, no doubt, the working title for the film that Wendy Deng plans to make about her friendship with Tony Blair

No one could argue about the peachy skin, let alone the manly beauty of his legs

London Mayor Boris Johnson and London Underground leader Bob Crow. Johnson said the tube strike was 'demented'

There’s nothing the Right enjoys more than demonising Bob Crow. But why shouldn’t the Tube union’s boss take a holiday?

In this battle, it is Mr Crow who has shown the class and Boris who has played the thug

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