Sean O'Grady

Sean O'Grady is Deputy Managing Editor and former Economics editor of the Independent

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Nick Clegg at the Liberal Democrat Conference

Rochester by-election: The Lib Dems knew they would suffer by entering into coalition, but no one imagined it would be this bad

The party has suffered a catastrophic result – and it could all have been avoided

Sean O'Grady tries out a virtual reality suit at the UCL

Virtual reality self-help: 'Is this my inner child that I see before me, weeping?'

A remarkable experiment aims to help stressed adults develop ‘self-compassion’ via a virtual-reality headset. Sean O’Grady tried it out

Sean O'Grady: "I'm irrationally loyal to my bank. But that doesn't mean I'm wrong"

Most of us are creatures of habit. Consider, reading this as you are, newspapers and websites. Certainly, in the case of the former, readers are astonishingly loyal to a given title, and indeed their social and political outlook can be defined by the paper they read. They rarely switch.

The new Rolls-Royce Series II Ghost

Rolls-Royce Series II Ghost, motoring review: A ghostly dream, but time to get back in the Skoda

PRICE £221,000
ENGINE CAPACITY 6.6 litre V12 twin-turbo
POWER OUTPUT 563 hp
TOP SPEED (MPH) 155
FUEL ECONOMY (MPG) 20.2
CO2 EMISSIONS (g/km) 327

Chicken Tikka Masala is the most popular dish in Britain

Ten things that immigration has done for Britain

From the Mini to Marxism, 10 things created for Britain by immigrants

London Mayor Boris Johnson's new plan for a 'Citizens Wealth Fund' sounds too good to be true - because it is

Hey Boris Johnson, that's no way to treat a pension fund

Sensible pension fund managers do not send their money where politicians tell them to

Alex Salmond’s future as the First Minister of the Scottish National Party (SNP) could be cast in doubts after Scotland rejected independence in Thursday’s referendum

Alex Salmond resigns: But why did he feel the need?

He has taken his country further than most thought possible

Ryan Randall plays the bagpipes outside a polling station in Edinburgh, Scotland

Scottish independence: What would have happened if Scotland voted Yes? I've got a rough idea

A light-hearted look at what the next ten years might hold for the un-United Kingdom

Ian Paisley was a hated figure in my household - until I spoke to the man

Without him there would have been no peace in Ireland to this day

Jaguar is hoping to boost its sales following the launch of its new XE model, nicknamed ‘Baby Jag’

Jaguar faces hard road ahead to woo ‘badge snobs’

British and European drivers are only interested in the latest German cars, says Sean O'Grady, so Jaguar faces an uphill struggle to compete with the likes of Mercedes and BMW

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Drifting and forgotten - turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Our partner charities help veterans on the brink – and get them back on their feet
Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

Putin’s far-right ambition

Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

Escape to Moominland

What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?
Nightclubbing with Richard Young: The story behind his latest book of celebrity photographs

24-Hour party person

Photographer Richard Young has been snapping celebrities at play for 40 years. As his latest book is released, he reveals that it wasn’t all fun and games
Michelle Obama's school dinners: America’s children have a message for the First Lady

A taste for rebellion

US children have started an online protest against Michelle Obama’s drive for healthy school meals by posting photos of their lunches
Colouring books for adults: How the French are going crazy for Crayolas

Colouring books for adults

How the French are going crazy for Crayolas
Jack Thorne's play 'Hope': What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

Playwright Jack Thorne's latest work 'Hope' poses the question to audiences
Ed Harcourt on Romeo Beckham and life as a court composer at Burberry

Call me Ed Mozart

Paloma Faith, Lana del Ray... Romeo Beckham. Ed Harcourt has proved that he can write for them all. But it took a personal crisis to turn him from indie star to writer-for-hire
10 best stocking fillers for foodies

Festive treats: 10 best stocking fillers for foodies

From boozy milk to wasabi, give the food-lover in your life some extra-special, unusual treats to wake up to on Christmas morning
Phil Hughes head injury: He had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Phil Hughes had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Prolific opener had world at his feet until Harmison and Flintoff bounced him
'I have an age of attraction that starts as low as four': How do you deal with a paedophile who has never committed a crime?

'I am a paedophile'

Is our approach to sex offenders helping to create more victims?
How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

Serco given Yarl’s Wood immigration contract despite ‘vast failings’
Green Party on the march in Bristol: From a lost deposit to victory

From a lost deposit to victory

Green Party on the march in Bristol
Putting the grot right into Santa's grotto

Winter blunderlands

Putting the grot into grotto
'It just came to us, why not do it naked?' London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital

'It just came to us, why not do it naked?'

London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital