Oliver Wright

Oliver Wright is Whitehall Editor of The Independent.

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David Cameron arrives at No 10 yesterday, after cutting short his holiday in Cornwall to hold a national security meeting on Iraq

James Foley death: David Cameron returns to lead condemnation of ‘brutal, barbaric’ murder of journalist

Video of Isis beheading of American prompts global hunt for jihadist murderer with British accent

Big Society charity winds up after claims it misused up to £2.5m in funding

Lottery and public-sector grants were awarded despite lack of track record

At the time of the investigation Patrick Foster published a statement on Twitter, denouncing the “unnecessarily heavy-handed police investigation”

Long-term bail allows lazy police and prosecutors to leave cases to gather dust

Where are the checks and balances to make sure power isn't being abused?

The rise is set to take the overall increase in fares to around 24.7 per cent since 2010

Misery for commuters as rail fares will rise by 5%

Rail fares in Britain will rise by as much as five per cent next year – or even higher on some routes, the Government will formally announce today.

A few hospitals are still denying their problems and proving resistant to efforts to help them improve

Warning for hospitals on NHS sick list as chief inspector says struggling facilities are ‘in denial’ over poor care

Exclusive: Some failing NHS Trusts won’t admit to problems, says chief inspector

Professor Sir Mike Richards says hospitals that work tend to have managers who are ‘well aligned’ with clinical staff

Chief Inspector of Hospitals: ‘People might believe in the NHS. But it doesn’t mean it’s perfect’

Professor Sir Mike Richards says there is a blindness among supporters of the NHS to its failings

David Cameron has said the Islamic State poses a threat to Britain's safety

Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran

PM calls on Tehran to engage with the international community to beat extremists

Cameron believes parents and children are too often overlooked and sometimes left worse off by government reforms, according to a recent speech

All government policies must pass ‘family test’ before becoming law

Now departments must ask whether proposed reforms or changes to the law support family life

Bercow hopes Mills will help modernise how the House of Commons is run

Email savages John Bercow’s candidate for Clerk of Commons

Speaker has decided to push for the appointment of Australian to become most powerful unelected official

After his holiday in Portugal, David Cameron’s summer has been dominated by controversy

Summertime blues: Tories bemoan holiday season from hell

The actions of Baroness Warsi, Boris Johnson and Mark Simmonds didn’t help, but as the economic revival fails to move the polls, the natives are getting restless over a lack of direction from the centre

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Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

The President came the nearest he has come yet to rivalling George W Bush’s gormless reaction to 9/11 , says Robert Fisk
Ebola outbreak: Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on the virus

Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC

Not even Jeremy Clarkson is bigger than the BBC, says TV boss

Corporation’s head of television confirms ‘Top Gear’ host was warned about racist language
Nick Clegg the movie: Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise

Nick Clegg the movie

Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise
Philip Larkin: Misogynist, racist, miserable? Or caring, playful man who lived for others?

Philip Larkin: What will survive of him?

Larkin's reputation has taken a knocking. But a new book by James Booth argues that the poet was affectionate, witty, entertaining and kind, as hitherto unseen letters, sketches and 'selfies' reveal
Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?

Waxing lyrical

Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?
Texas forensic astronomer finally pinpoints the exact birth of impressionism

Revealed (to the minute)

The precise time when impressionism was born
From slow-roasted to sugar-cured: how to make the most of the British tomato season

Make the most of British tomatoes

The British crop is at its tastiest and most abundant. Sudi Pigott shares her favourite recipes
10 best men's skincare products

Face it: 10 best men's skincare products

Oscar Quine cleanses, tones and moisturises to find skin-savers blokes will be proud to display on the bathroom shelf
Malky Mackay allegations: Malky Mackay, Iain Moody and another grim day for English football

Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

The latest shocking claims do nothing to dispel the image that some in the game on these shores exist in a time warp, laments Sam Wallace
La Liga analysis: Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Pete Jenson starts his preview of the Spanish season, which begins on Saturday, by explaining how Fifa’s transfer ban will affect the Catalans
Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape