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."
13 June 2012 09:30 AM
At one point of confusion, Miliband asked for a moment to 're-figure my memory on this'
12 June 2012 12:00 AM
24 May 2012 12:00 AM
A muttering idiot? "The muttering idiot opposite!" The House went up. And kept going up for what might have been a minute. A minute is a long time in the House of Commons. The Speaker was left standing, powerless to control the new Tories' angry euphoria.
23 May 2012 12:00 AM
They've been lied to systematically for five years, treated with contempt by News International, the police and prosecutors. So the MPs on the Culture Select Committee published a report detailing the most egregious examples and yesterday managed to get an emergency motion on the floor of the Commons. For what end? To have the villains flogged? Charged? Called to the Bar of the House?
22 May 2012 12:00 AM
18 May 2012 12:00 AM
It's a big shift in the Government's rhetoric, is it? You'd need to have known that first. The "make-up or break-up" speech yesterday might actually have kicked along a bit of history, giving the eurozone some very good advice (how they hate that). If you were only half listening, though, it sounded like anything else the Prime Minister has said this year.
17 May 2012 12:00 AM
The Prime Minister found himself in what passes for existential danger at PMQs. If he lost his temper he'd lose everything. What with his personal poll collapse, the Government's loss of authority, credibility and dignity – the national necessity was that for half an hour Cameron didn't go red and get shouty.
16 May 2012 09:00 AM
There's no way he'd get through security with a face doing that. He must be hiding something
15 May 2012 12:00 AM
Sketch: He said he'd defend the accuracy and honesty of his briefings against any journalist's record
11 May 2012 12:00 AM
Coulson pointed out that his paper invented 'hug-a-hoodie', which still makes David Cameron look a little silly
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