Oliver Wright

Oliver Wright is Whitehall Editor of The Independent.

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The new National Crime Agency in February made 10 different payments totalling £336,573 to Mercedes Benz

Coalition spending revealed: Crime Agency's £336,573 outlay on Mercedes vans for 'special projects', a £27,000 parking bill at Gatwick Airport and £108,000 PR spend among Government departments’ public accounts

It was just less than a year ago that ministers claimed the Government was starting to “manage our finances like the best-run FTSE100 businesses”.

The Cochrane review brands Tamiflu a waste of cash

The media wails about money wasted on Tamiflu – but we were the ones who demanded it

This isn't the only time that screeching headlines have led to bad decisions

Leader of UKIP Nigel Farage as he listens to a speaker during the party conference on 20 September, 2013 in London.

Nigel Farage expenses: Ukip leader claims to be victim of a smear campaign

Mr Farage says £70,000 spent on his UK office since 2009 is justifiable

The messages Mr Corby sent via the gay-networking site Grindr, suggest he deliberately chose attractive male members of his staff to accompany him to the conference

Exclusive: ‘Gay-sex party’ Tory Iain Corby is removed from list of candidates

Corby is at the centre of allegations that he spent taxpayers’ money on hotel rooms at a Conservative Party conference that were used for a sex party

Nigel Evans was found not guilty of rape last week following a five-week trial

Nigel Evans calls for anonymity for rape suspects

Nigel Evans is to launch a campaign to introduce anonymity rules in sexual assault cases to protect the reputations of  people who are charged and then cleared.

Former deputy speaker of the House of Commons Nigel Evans at Preston Crown Court last week

Nigel Evans calls for review of anonymity rules in sexual assault cases

The calls come in the wake of a sexual scandal that saw Mr Evans facing personal and financial ruin

The former Deputy Speaker of the Commons Nigel Evans was cleared of sexual assault charges

Exclusive: Inquiry into Tory conference ‘gay-sex party paid on expenses’

Parliamentary watchdog ‘deeply worried’ by claims public money funded £2,500-a-night hotel suite

Michael Fabricant announced his departure on Twitter

Michael Fabricant: Llamas, incest, bestiality, and the demise of the Tories’ Deputy Chairman

Michael Fabricant was an eccentric choice for his position. Now his Twitter feed has caught up with him. Regrets? None, he tells Oliver Wright

A Labour MP referred Maria Miller (pictured) to police for criminal investigation over her expense claims

Labour minister accuses David Cameron of ‘double standards’ over Maria Miller scandal

Prime Minister had tried to draw a line under the scandal

A fee for visiting a GP could be introduced

NHS charges 'should target the rich and elderly', says King's Fund think-tank

New charges should be introduced for richer patients and pensioners and for visiting the GP, a major new study concludes today.

Day In a Page

Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail. If you think it's awful, then just don't watch it'

Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail'

As the second series of his divisive sitcom 'Derek' hits screens, the comedian tells James Rampton why he'll never bow to the critics who habitually circle his work
Mad Men series 7, TV review: The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge

Mad Men returns for a final fling

The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge
Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground as there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit

Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground

Technology giant’s scientists say there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit
Westminster is awash with tales of young men being sexually harassed - but it's far from being just a problem in politics

Is sexual harassment a fact of gay life?

Westminster is awash with tales of young men being sexually harassed - but it's far from being just a problem in politics
Moshi Monster creator Michael Acton Smith: The man behind a British success story

Moshi Monster creator Michael Acton Smith

Acton Smith launched a world of virtual creatures who took the real world by storm
Kim Jong-un's haircut: The Independent heads to Ealing to try out the dictator's do

Our journalist tries out Kim Jong-un's haircut

The North Korean embassy in London complained when M&M Hair Academy used Kim Jong-un's image in the window. Curious, Guy Pewsey heads to the hair salon and surrenders to the clippers
A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A forgotten naval victory in which even Nature played a part

A History of the First World War in 100 moments

A forgotten naval victory in which even Nature played a part
Vespa rides on with launch of Primavera: Iconic Italian scooter still revving up millions of sales

Vespa rides on with launch of the Primavera

The Vespa has been a style icon since the 1950s and the release this month of its latest model confirms it has lost little of its lustre
Record Store Day: Independent music shops can offer a tempting alternative to downloads

Record Store Day celebrates independent music shops

This Saturday sees a host of events around the country to champion the sellers of well-grooved wax
Taunton's policy of putting philosophy at heart of its curriculum is one of secrets of its success

Education: Secret of Taunton's success

Taunton School, in Somerset, is one of the country's leading independent schools, says Richard Garner
10 best smartphones

10 best smartphones

With a number of new smartphones on the market, we round up the best around, including some more established models
Mickey Arthur: Aussie tells ECB to stick with Ashley Giles

Mickey Arthur: Aussie tells ECB to stick with Ashley Giles

The former Australia coach on why England must keep to Plan A, about his shock at their collapse Down Under, why he sent players home from India and the agonies of losing his job
Homelessness: Why is the supported lodgings lifeline under threat?

Why is the supported lodgings lifeline under threat?

Zubairi Sentongo swapped poverty in Uganda for homelessness in Britain. But a YMCA scheme connected him with a couple offering warmth and shelter
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: When the world’s biggest shed took over Regent’s Park

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

When the world’s biggest shed took over Regent’s Park
The pain of IVF

The pain of IVF

As an Italian woman vows to keep the babies from someone else’s eggs, Julian Baggini ponders how the reality of childbirth is often messier than the natural ideal