Simon Carr

The Independent's parliamentary sketch writer and columnist since 2000, Simon Carr was described by Tony Blair as "the most vicious sketch writer working in Britain today". "Poison," said Charles Clarke. In the 1980s he helped launch The Independent, and was a speech writer for the prime minister of New Zealand from 1992 to 1994. His working principle is "Indignation keeps us young."

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Simon Carr: With all eyes on him, Ed Miliband was firm - don't mention the strikes

What with the European monetary system in the melting pot, and the Greek streets in flames, and the biggest British labour protest since the Chartists, all eyes were on the Leader of the Opposition to see whether he could obamalate the hopes and fears of his generation.

Simon Carr: May dodges the £284m G4S question

Hunt looked like a gaunt migrant worker who needs a third job to make ends meet

The Sketch: Serving the spirit of the Games for a mere £500m

They said they would pay the Government for the pleasure of serving the Olympic spirit – but once they got the contract they'd only do their bit if we paid them £500 million and did the work ourselves. It's there in black and white.

The Sketch: It's not been a vintage year for PMQs

Cameron's failure has been to let himself be dragged down to Miliband's level

The Sketch: So was this a U-turn or tactical retreat? Either way, Labour MPs had their well-crafted gloating prepared

Cameron can exult in the unquenchable spirit of his true-blue backbenchers

Simon Carr: So serious a Bill that even Gordon gets the call

Sketch: Pete Wishart asked that Liberals would guarantee not to take up seats in an unreformed Lords

The Sketch: To their huge relief, Balls and Miliband lose the vote…

A judge-led inquiry into rate-fixing would have been a disaster for the former Treasury team

The Sketch: The day we laughed at £20m man's expense

"For the THIRD TIME, can I ask WHAT MONTH you found out," David Ruffley asked. He'd been given two responses practically in real time, "going back to 2006" and "putting in context".

Simon Carr: Eurosceptics wanted red meat but they got tofu

Sketch: Liam Fox looked leaner and hungrier than for years; it rather suits him

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