Sean O'Grady

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

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Investors monitor stock market data at a securities brokerage house in Beijing, China, 28 August 2015

Mr Qi may require a massage, but China's growth figures don't

Investors in the Shanghai stock market have had a stressful week, but the country’s future is still bright

In stitches: Stephen Fry with weaver Catarina Caba in Chajul, Guatemala

Stephen Fry in Central America, TV review: Seeing the national treasure careering down a zip wire at 80mph was a rare treat

For his Latin American odyssey, Fry had at his disposal an old American school bus, a chauffeur, and a seemingly limitless budget

Superbly manoeuvrable: the new Vauxhall Viva

Vauxhall Viva SE 1.0, motoring review: Great to chuck around, easy to park - long live the Viva!

Viva, which is made in South Korea, is a totally better beast to its predecessors

In a career spanning six decades, Nobbs wrote 20 novels, including stories about his greatest character, Reginald Perrin

With Reggie Perrin David Nobbs perfectly captured the “What Ifs?” we all wonder

Haven’t we all dreamed of faking suicide and going to our own funeral?

Word play: Angela Merkel has inspired slang

Angela Merkel has inspired a new German word - so which British politicians could lend themselves to our lexicon?

'Merkeln' - to merkel - is used as a verb meaning to be indecisive or not to have an opinion at all
Tricky parking: the new Ford Focus ST

Ford Focus ST, motoring review: On British roads, this model could give you a bumpy ride

The combination of road and car sets the driver of a Focus ST (Sean O'Grady, in this instance) to bounce up and down as if they were a toddler on Nan's knee

X-factor: the new Seat Leon X-Perience

Seat Leon X-Perience SE, motoring review: 'It was as though the Carpenters were in the back'

The X-Perience's stereo stuck in Sean O'Grady's memory

Tony Blair is to take on a new role combating anti-Semitism after announcing he is stepping down as the Quartet's Middle East envoy

I hope Tony Blair didn't lead the Labour Party in vain

Those who support Jeremy Corbyn should have more respect for the words of one of their most successful leaders

Fox hunting has been banned in England and Wales since 2004

Fox hunting is demonstrably cruel, but if there is going to be a change in the law we should do it properly

Another great national discussion, please, with debates on TV and riots in Trafalgar Square

Alexis Tsipras talks to the press at the end of the Eurozone leader summit on the Greek crisis, at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium

Greece debt crisis: The start of a long and hard road for the Greek people

 When the cuts do take hold, there will be riots, and then there will be strikes

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