Oliver Wright

Oliver Wright is Whitehall Editor of The Independent.

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Are we being dumbed down by ‘news’ from social media?

Inside Westminster: As we approach election, consider whether past faults are being exaggerated by mass communication of the present

Campaigners protest at the Faslane naval base on the Clyde, home of the Trident Submarine fleet, in March 2007

Greens, SNP and Plaid Cymru ‘may back Labour’ - if they scrap Trident

Scrapping nuclear weapons could be the price of Coalition

Philip Davies has mastered the art of using long, meandering speeches to kill off legislation he doesn’t like

Philip Davies, the master of filibuster and friend to rogue landlords

Tory MP for Shipley has managed to thwart a number of bills to prevent abuses – by talking them out

Jeb Bush has used Britain to set up a private equity fund that could possibly allow it to avoid paying tax in the US

US Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush uses UK fund that could lower his American tax bill

Governor Bush claims there is nothing in his business practices to prevent a Presidential bid

Many treatable illnesses are becoming increasingly resistant to drugs.

'Millions will die' without new antibiotics

Ten million people around the world will die unnecessarily every year by 2050 unless new antibiotics are created to tackle drug-resistant infections, a study concludes today.

The data could be incorporated into existing apps such as Google Maps

Ministers open floodgates to release official data

Move is part of a much bigger drive to open up swathes of government and local authority data

Cameron stands at the door of 10 Downing Street

Government cuts: This is where the axe will fall on public spending

Inside Westminster: You can’t bank savings without traumatic structural change

While a third of contracts were awarded to private firms, they only accounted for 5 per cent of the NHS’s overall budget

Management consultants are ‘making a killing’ from shake-up of NHS

Meanwhile, a third of NHS contracts go to private firms

Baroness Jenkin

Tory attitudes to poverty under fire amid benefit sanctions and Baroness Jenkin comment that poor 'don’t know how to cook'

Baroness Jenkin forced to apologise after blaming food bank use on culinary incompetence

House prices are due to rise by over 30 per cent by the end of the decade

New stamp duty could be stealth tax on middle classes, Tory MP claims

Dominic Raab warns that rising house prices could catch people out

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Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
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It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
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A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
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Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
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Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
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Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
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The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
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Stock up on mirin, soy and miso and you have the makings of everyday Japanese cuisine
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