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."
29 June 2012 07:00 AM
Having survived two televised maulings, the Treasury minister faced another grilling in the Commons yesterday
28 June 2012 09:30 AM
"Isn't it stupid that," the Tory lady began – and then stopped. What a world of possibilities opened up for us. What is stupid is the Government hasn't offered free puppies to all children under five. No wonder their reputation for competence is shot.
27 June 2012 12:00 AM
26 June 2012 11:00 AM
He's not saying he's going to do anything – he wants a debate about it.
22 June 2012 09:00 AM
He's looking bigger these days, Michael Gove. Deeper chest, broader shoulders. Maybe he's been through a Charles Atlas course in muscular Conservatism.
21 June 2012 12:00 AM
Vince Cable came to the Commons with the answer to a question that's been troubling him for more than 100 years. It's why he looks as he does.
20 June 2012 12:00 AM
Black Mamba. White Ivory. Cussons Imperial Leather.
19 June 2012 08:31 AM
There is a Director of Propriety and Ethics for the Government. Is she busy? Are her days full of ethical activity, does she process much propriety?
15 June 2012 12:00 AM
Dave had to correct the number of meetings he had with Rebekah after Sam put him straight
14 June 2012 12:00 AM
Sensational scenes in the House! Chamber-wide shouting, localised growling, some howling, double-handed pointing from Francis Maude, Ivan Lewis playing pat-a-cake with piles of documents, the Speaker adding to his hate crimes against the Tories, Anna Soubry white with anger, Michael Gove Churchillian in facial pomp, Chris Bryant overplaying his hand and probably spoiling the parliamentary case against Hunt.
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