Max Benwell

Max Benwell is a Writer and Commissioning Editor at Independent Voices.

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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).

Poll: Is the use of anti-homeless spikes justified?

There was an outcry across social media this weekend after photos of sharp anti-homeless studs outside a block of London flats went viral.

Whatever this person is doing on their laptop, it's unlikely they're emailing

Poll: Are the days of email over?

When web-based emailing first swooshed onto our screens in the 90s, it revolutionised the way we communicate. And for many of us, it’s still the best way to send things to each other. But among young people (aka "The Future") could the days of sending and receiving (and occasionally retrieving) already be over?

A police officer stands outside a polling station

The local election results prove why everyone should be forced to vote

Compulsory online voting would revolutionise the way our political system works

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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform