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."
11 January 2012 12:00 AM
10 January 2012 12:16 AM
Sketch: Odd sort of way for Kelvin to address the Inquiry. Didn't he say that either? Lob it in, it'll be all right
02 January 2012 12:00 AM
Who's going to have a good year – and who's likely to come a cropper? Our very own Mystic Meg of SW1, Simon Carr, gazes into his political crystal ball...
21 December 2011 12:00 AM
What's to be done with Nick Clegg? Does anything need doing? After his terrible time recently he gave as good a performance in the Commons as he ever has.
20 December 2011 12:00 AM
16 December 2011 12:00 AM
Where are you on MPs' expenses? Moat cleaning? Jacqui Smith's husband's porn film? The pack of villains looting the public purse to put gold flakes on their porridge? It's moved on.
15 December 2011 12:00 AM
You have high concerns but the Sketch is here to tell you about Nick Clegg's masticated lip. You will go elsewhere for the EU's new banking capital requirements, and the trespass on Union property by the breakaway group of 26. Here, it's all about the Liberal Democrat leader's moosh.
14 December 2011 12:00 AM
After yesterday's excitement, a post-coital torpor hung over the Commons. Ken Clarke, the old elephant, answered justice questions from the Jurassic era. Meanwhile, the Tory backbenchers went about their business.
13 December 2011 12:00 AM
12 December 2011 12:00 AM
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
War is war: Why I stand with Israel
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’
Emergency data law: David Cameron plots to bring back snoopers’ charter
NUT strike: David Cameron announces crackdown on strike action ahead of mass industrial action
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