Paul Vallely

Paul Vallely is Associate Editor of The Independent where he writes on social, ethical, political and cultural issues. He writes leaders, features and has a weekly column in the Independent on Sunday. He was co-author of the report of the Commission for Africa and has chaired several development charities.

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The 2004 film Charlie portrayed Richardson as likeable

Charlie Richardson - not a Prince of darkness, just a bully

Dead or alive, the sad or sadistic are glamorised. The reality is that of those who endure the lingering consequences of evil's  reckless actions.

Mothers & Prison: How to move on

Damaged and fragile, the inmates at a women's jail disturbed an experienced prison governor so profoundly that he now wants urgent reforms. In the final part of our investigation, we look at what needs to be done to turn lives around, and save families.

Eastwood Park prison's mother and baby unit

Mothers & prison: The lost generation

For children, the cruelty of having a mother sent to jail is nearly always catastrophic. The fourth part of our week-long investigation considers a social tragedy of which most people are barely aware

Mothers & prison: Babies behind bars

The shocking rate at which Britain jails women damages thousands of innocent children every year and poses mounting risks for society. In a special week-long series, we ask: Isn't there a better way?

Silent vigil: Liverpool remembering the victims of Hillsborough on Wednesday

Hillsborough: A few individuals have shown what integrity means

The independent report on Hillsborough demonstrated that only those outside the usual authorities persisted in getting to the truth

Hillsborough Independent Panel a model for uncovering truth about public disasters, says chairman

The method and approach of the Hillsborough Independent Panel offers a model for uncovering the truth about other public disasters its chairman, James Jones, the Bishop of Liverpool, said today. Independent panels can be faster, cheaper and more considerate of the needs of victims than inquiries led by judges.

What that Nokia ad was really about

They are not selling products so much as association: power, glamour or success
Heads down: Low marks for English upset pupils and teachers alike

Paul Vallely: Exams not fit for purpose? Neither are you, Mr Gove

Ill-timed and ill-judged, the Education Secretary's assault on GCSEs is the failure

Paul Vallely: Breivik was narcissistic and racist... but sane

There was something unutterably banal about the defendant's chubby face and silly pencil beard

Paul Vallely: Euston, we have a problem

There are only two ways to make more money from the railways - increase fares or cut staff

Day In a Page

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
Can scientists save the world's sea life from

Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice
Hollywood targets Asian audiences as US films enjoy record-breaking run at Chinese box office

Hollywood targets Asian audiences

The world's second biggest movie market is fast becoming the Hollywood studios' most crucial
Grindr founder Joel Simkhai: 'I've found love on my dating app - and my mum keeps trying to hook me up!'

Grindr founder Joel Simkhai: 'I've found love on my dating app'

Five years on from its launch and Grindr is the world's most popular dating app for gay men. Its founder Joel Simkhai answers his critics, describes his isolation as a child
Autocorrect has its uses but it can go rogue with embarrassing results - so is it time to ditch it?

Is it time to ditch autocorrect?

Matthew J X Malady persuaded friends to message manually instead, but failed to factor in fat fingers and drunk texting
10 best girls' summer dresses

Frock chick: 10 best girls' summer dresses

Get them ready for the holidays with these cool and pretty options 
Westminster’s dark secret: Adultery, homosexuality, sadomasochism and abuse of children were all seemingly lumped together

Westminster’s dark secret

Adultery, homosexuality, sadomasochism and abuse of children were all seemingly lumped together
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Dulce et decorum est - a life cut short for a poet whose work achieved immortality

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Dulce et decorum est: a life cut short for a poet whose work achieved immortality
Google tells popular music website to censor album cover art in 'sexually explicit content' ban

Naked censorship?

The strange case of Google, the music website and the nudity take-down requests
Howzat! 8 best cricket bats

Howzat! 8 best cricket bats

As England take on India at Trent Bridge, here is our pick of the high-performing bats to help you up your run-count this summer 
Brazil vs Germany World Cup 2014 comment: David Luiz falls from leader figure to symbol of national humiliation

David Luiz falls from leader figure to symbol of national humiliation

Captain appears to give up as shocking 7-1 World Cup semi-final defeat threatens ramifications in Brazil