Max Benwell

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

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The moment Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott winked during a serious radio phone-in

Video: What was he winking?

Oh no, it's happened again - another politician has embarrassed themselves in front of a camera. Although not because they couldn't answer a simple question, but because they didn't even realise it was there.

Poll: Should office romances be kept secret?

With all the stressful demands of work today, and the increasingly long hours, it's no surprise that romantic indiscretions often arise in the workplace. For some, it's just another perk of the job. Or in some cases, the only perk.

Nick Clegg is cut to size in ‘The Un-credible Shrinking Man’

Labour's Uncredible Shrinking Man isn't the worst political broadcast, but one of many

If you think Labour's latest film taking potshots at the coalition is the worst you've ever seen, then you obviously haven't seen these...

Nigel Farage masks worn at the spring conference

Poll: Is Ukip a racist party?


Jeremy Paxman has spent years terrifying guests, but was bested twice last week
An English Defence League rally earlier this year

It's not racism that makes me feel uncomfortable celebrating St George's Day

England is a great place to be, but unlike our neighbours we have enjoyed centuries of independence

David Moyes applauds the travelling United support following their elimination from Europe
Miliband has taken inspiration from Ronald Reagan

Poll: Do you feel better off now than you did 4 years ago?

Workers of the UK, rejoice! For the first time in six years, wages are going up faster than the rate of inflation. With a bit more cash in our pockets, we can now spend more doing the things we love (beer and bingo, anyone?).

A pro-Russian gunman stands guard at a seized police station in the eastern Ukraine town of Slovyansk

Unidentified troops and dangerous propaganda: The latest comment on Ukraine

Over the last week, groups of unidentified pro-Russian troops have stormed several towns on the eastern frontier of Ukraine. Putin has denied any involvement in the raids, but this hasn't stopped tensions between Russia and Ukraine reaching new heights. But how likely is war? And just what is Putin up to? To help answer these questions, we've put together a round-up of the best comment pieces on the ongoing crisis.

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A land of the outright bizarre
What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic's latest video is an ode to good grammar. But what do The Independent’s experts think he’s missed out?
Can Secret Cinema sell 80,000 'Back to the Future' tickets?

The worst kept secret in cinema

A cult movie event aims to immerse audiences of 80,000 in ‘Back to the Future’. But has it lost its magic?
Facebook: The new hatched, matched and dispatched

The new hatched, matched and dispatched

Family events used to be marked in the personal columns. But now Facebook has usurped the ‘Births, Deaths and Marriages’ announcements
Why do we have blood types?

Are you my type?

All of us have one but probably never wondered why. Yet even now, a century after blood types were discovered, it’s a matter of debate what they’re for
Honesty box hotels: You decide how much you pay

Honesty box hotels

Five hotels in Paris now allow guests to pay only what they think their stay was worth. It seems fraught with financial risk, but the honesty policy has its benefit
Commonwealth Games 2014: Why weight of pressure rests easy on Michael Jamieson’s shoulders

Michael Jamieson: Why weight of pressure rests easy on his shoulders

The Scottish swimmer is ready for ‘the biggest race of my life’ at the Commonwealth Games
Some are reformed drug addicts. Some are single mums. All are on benefits. But now these so-called 'scroungers’ are fighting back

The 'scroungers’ fight back

The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
Amazing video shows Nasa 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action

Fireballs in space

Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
A Bible for billionaires

A Bible for billionaires

Find out why America's richest men are reading John Brookes
Paranoid parenting is on the rise - and our children are suffering because of it

Paranoid parenting is on the rise

And our children are suffering because of it
For sale: Island where the Magna Carta was sealed

Magna Carta Island goes on sale

Yours for a cool £4m
Phone hacking scandal special report: The slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for six months for intercepting phone messages. James Hanning tells his story in a new book. This is an extract
We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

For instance, did Isis kill the Israeli teenagers to trigger a war, asks Patrick Cockburn