Max Benwell

Max Benwell works as a Writer and Commissioning Editor at Independent Voices.

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By saying he'll fund the NHS with a 'mansion tax' Ed Miliband is waging class warfare — and I love it

After so many unfair policies have been unloaded on the poor and vulnerable, a tax on the wealthy is long overdue

Neymar takes the ice bucket challenge

Is it fair to criticise the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge?

Depsite being known among cynics as "clicktivism", or "slacktivism", over the last several years web campaigning has become a huge focus for many charities.

Should there be warning labels on alcoholic drinks?

Big black letters on packs of cigarettes tell us that smoking kills, and red traffic lights ward us off unhealthy foods, but should the same rules apply to our booze?

Do you support the new proposals for assisted dying?

The House of Lords are debating a bill on assisted dying today. The proposals are still a long way from becoming law, but if passed they will allow doctors to prescribe a lethal dose to terminally ill patients who have been judged to have less than six months left to live.

David Cameron, yesterday, at the opening of the Williams F1 facility in Oxfordshire, has been criticised for not having enough women in his Cabinet

Do you agree with positive discrimination?

With a cabinet reshuffle now scheduled in everyone's diary for tomorrow, the big question is how Cameron will try to appear more "pro-women".

Many Brits consciously tone down or 'posh up' during phone conversations

Is accentism a real problem?

There are strict laws that tackle all kinds of discrimination in the UK, but is there still an insidious form of prejudice we're missing?

Should women be allowed to wear the veil?

Is the European Court right to uphold France's ban on veils?

Today the European Court of Human Rights upheld France's ban on the full-face veil. The decision was made after a 24-year-old woman brought a case against the law to the court, claiming that it breached her right to freedom of religion and expression.

Poll: Should Tony Blair quit as Middle East peace envoy?

When Tony Blair left Number 10 in 2007 and became the UN's Middle East envoy, there were two ways of looking at it. If you were among the dwindling number of his hardline supporters, then he was continuing to fight the good fight and bring stability to the region. Or if you were in the other camp, it was one of the most ironic titles to bestow upon the co-architect of the Iraq war. 

Step away from the noodles: the best food and drink to take to festivals

With Glastonbury about to kick off, the summer of festivals is only just beginning. Once the tent and sleeping bag are packed - here's what else you should be bringing

Down and out, Wayne Rooney slumps to the ground after England's 2-1 defeat to Uruguay

Debate: What's wrong with the England Football Team?

Football is one of the great exceptions to the grand tradition of English pessimism. Every four years this is tried and tested at the World Cup, and proven all over again. That said, this time things looked like they could be different. For the first time in recent memory, expectations seemed to be set at a rational level (low).

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The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
The camera is turned on tabloid editors in Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter'

Gotcha! The camera is turned on tabloid editors

Hugh Grant says Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter' documentary will highlight issues raised by Leveson
Fall of the Berlin Wall: It was thanks to Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell

Fall of the Berlin Wall

It was thanks to Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell
Halloween 2014: What makes Ouija boards, demon dolls, and evil clowns so frightening?

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Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
A safari in modern Britain: Rose Rouse reveals how her four-year tour of Harlesden taught her as much about the UK as it did about NW10

Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
Welcome to my world of no smell and odd tastes: How a bike accident left one woman living with unwanted food mash-ups

'My world of no smell and odd tastes'

A head injury from a bicycle accident had the surprising effect of robbing Nell Frizzell of two of her senses

Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

The "stand-up mathematician" is using comedy nights to preach maths to big audiences
Paul Scholes column: Beating Manchester City is vital part of life at Manchester United. This is first major test for Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – it’s not a game to lose

Paul Scholes column

Beating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
Frank Warren: Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing

Frank Warren column

Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing
Adrian Heath interview: Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room

Adrian Heath's American dream...

Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room
Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are too good to fail and derby allows them to start again, says Simon Hart
Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes