Oliver Duff

Oliver Duff was appointed Editor of i in June 2013. He was previously Executive Editor at The Independent, i and The Independent on Sunday, running the newsroom. Formerly a reporter, gossip columnist and news editor, he was fired as the magazine's bar critic after three weeks. A diver and surfer, he's interested in nature and science, politics and diplomacy.

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i Editor's Letter: Dividing up the health of the nation

A breathtaking story on today’s cover: Greater Manchester is to become the first English region to run its own NHS and care system, taking control of a £6bn-a-year budget, integrating health and social care. The scale, speed, and radical potential are astonishing. The consequences are unguessable.

i Editor's Letter: £5,000 a day: the cost of buying an MP

So two former Foreign Secretaries get caught showing a bit of ankle at the first flutter of yuan. First, Jack Straw, who has been busy working  “under the radar”, promising to wield  influence with discretion for £5,000 a day. What about transparency and accountability? He told the fictitious  Chinese firm there had been speculation he might go to the House of Lords, where “I’ll be able to help you more”. So much for the peerage, Jack.

i Editor's Letter: Some of your latest ideas for improving i

I’m overwhelmed by the response to the  last couple of letters. It took me hours last night to go through the latest tranche, about 600. Please keep them coming! We learn most from your correspondence: i@independent.co.uk. We don’t want to meddle with i’s  formula, so the challenge is how can we fit a few more of the things you want into the same size paper, without messing up what you already like through unnecessary changes. Here are some of your latest ideas:

i Editor's Letter: The price of i is going up. Here's why...

I’m sorry to write to you with unwelcome – if, for some, not entirely unexpected – news. I  wanted to let you know in advance that next week, on Monday, the price of your edition of i will  rise by 10 pence, to 40p.

i Editor's Letter: The surprising trend in teetotalism

When did you last tear up the town on a really hedonistic night? Perhaps spare me too detailed a reply. Teetotalism is now a major force in British life – that’s the intriguing finding from the latest work by the Office for National Statistics. One in five adults is teetotal, rising to one in four among young people and pensioners, and one in three Londoners. The only group defying this trend is retired women! Binge-drinking’s falling across the UK and especially among young adults. The West Midlands are driest after London, while abstinence is lowest in north-east and south-west England. Pour me a cider.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon spoke about austerity, inequality and the Scottish approach to economic growth

Nicola Sturgeon: A 'modest' increase in public spending is needed. Austerity economics has failed

'Real misery is being caused to real people the country over,' says Scotland's First Minister

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett, left, First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon, centre, and Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Woodand

Nicola Sturgeon: 'I want to help women'

Scotland's First Minister appointed a gender-balanced cabinet - one of only three in the developed world

Nicola Sturgeon says Ed Miliband has ‘big questions’ to answer over his poor approval ratings in Scotland

Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland's First Minister seizes chance to play kingmaker at general election

Exclusive: Ms Sturgeon wants to build a 'progressive alliance' capable of propelling Ed Miliband into 10 Downing Street in May

Nicola Sturgeon said she wants to build a “progressive alliance”

Nicola Sturgeon talks up SNP alliance with Miliband

Sturgeon’s SNP is predicted to win most of Scotland’s Westminster seats

Should young people give up on politics? The iDebates arrive in Leeds

Cheeringly, 77 per cent have expressed an intention to vote

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003