Sean O'Grady

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

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The main surprise about Myners' resignation from the Co-Op board is that it took so long to happen

He knew his proposals were unlikely to be welcomed

Our idea of 'rich' is shifting

When a house in London costs half a million quid, being a 'millionaire' might not be that special

The cast of the BBC satire ‘W1A’, overseen by the quizzical eyes of Frankie Howerd
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne delivers his Budget statement to the House of Commons

Budget 2014: The changes to pensions are revolutionary

Scrapping all those rules about annuities will transform the lives of millions

Tony Benn pictured in 1966

Tony Benn: Gifted as a speaker and political educator, but his politics were flawed

It was another Tony, Anthony Crosland, on the right of Labour, who said of Benn that there's “nothing the matter with him except he's a bit cracked.”.

Muscular styling: the Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer

Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer, motoring review: This brand's days as the middle-class car of choice are over

Price From £25,349 (£26,499 as tested)
Engine capacity 2-litre diesel
Power output (PS @ RPM) 163@4,000
Top speed (mph) 127
Fuel economy (mpg) 37.7
CO2 emissions (G/km) 199

Bob Crow death: This union leader was different, rare and largely misunderstood

It was silly to loathe him for simply doing his job

‘Train’ working-class kids to be more middle-class? That’s what happened to me

Learning to ‘act posh’ has its place in tackling social inequality

Little security: rents are the biggest factor in the cost of living crisis

Sean O'Grady: who will fix the UK's grotesque housing situation?

If we don't like rich landlords then we can raise taxes on the rich generally, but it will be a brave politician who suggests it

Whole-life sentences: Why ignoring the European Court of Human Rights was the only sensible option

The European Convention arose from the horrors of Hitlerism and the Second World War. That is what it is for; the extremes of totalitarianism

Day In a Page

Homelessness: Why is the supported lodgings lifeline under threat?

Why is the supported lodgings lifeline under threat?

Zubairi Sentongo swapped poverty in Uganda for homelessness in Britain. But a YMCA scheme connected him with a couple offering warmth and shelter
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: When the world’s biggest shed took over Regent’s Park

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

When the world’s biggest shed took over Regent’s Park
The pain of IVF

The pain of IVF

As an Italian woman vows to keep the babies from someone else’s eggs, Julian Baggini ponders how the reality of childbirth is often messier than the natural ideal
Supersize art

Is big better? Britain's latest super-sized art

The Kelpies are the latest addition to a growing army of giant sculptures. But naysayers are asking what a pair of gigantic horse heads tells us about Falkirk?
James Dean: Back on the big screen

James Dean: Back on the big screen

As 'Rebel without a Cause' is re-released, Geoffrey Macnab reveals how its star perfected his moody act
Catch-22: How the cult classic was adapted for the stage

How a cult classic was adapted for the stage

More than half a century after it was published 'Catch-22' will make its British stage debut next week
10 best activity books for children

10 best activity books for children

Keep little ones busy this bank holiday with one of these creative, educational and fun books
Arsenal 3 West Ham United 1: Five things we learnt from the battle between the London sides

Five things we learnt from Arsenal's win over West Ham

Arsenal still in driving seat for Champions League spot and Carroll can make late charge into England’s World Cup squad
Copa del Rey final: Barcelona are paying for their complacency and not even victory over Real Madrid will put things right

Pete Jenson on the Copa del Rey final

Barcelona are paying for their complacency and not even victory over Real Madrid will put things right
Rafa to reign? Ten issues clay courts will serve up this season

Rafa to reign? Ten issues clay courts will serve up this season

With the tennis circus now rolling on to the slowest surface, Paul Newman highlights who'll be making the headlines – and why
Exclusive: NHS faces financial disaster in 2015 as politicians urged to find radical solution

NHS faces financial disaster in 2015

Politicians urged to find radical solution
Ukraine crisis: How spontaneous are the pro-Russian protests breaking out in Ukraine’s east?

Ukraine crisis

How spontaneous are the pro-Russian protests breaking out in Ukraine’s east?
A History of the First World War in 100 moments: The first execution at the Tower of London for 167 years

The first execution at the Tower of London for 167 years

A history of the First World War in 100 moments
Fires could turn Amazon rainforest into a desert as human activity and climate change threaten ‘lungs of the world’, says study

New threat to the Amazon rainforest:

Fires that scorch the ‘lungs of the Earth’
Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City: And the winner of this season’s Premier League title will be...

Who’s in box seat now? The winner of the title will be ...

Who is in best shape to take the Premier League prize?