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."
10 May 2012 12:00 AM
09 May 2012 12:00 AM
The blue and yellow livery of your tractors," Nick Clegg said, pausing for comic timing, "is tailor-made for the political, er, situation." It was a joke. It relied for its effect on the company colour scheme. This consists of a Conservative blue background on which lettering is rendered in yellow, a colour favoured by the Liberal Democrats. The DPM was making a link with his audience. He was getting in touch with them by comparing their mutual colour schemes.
04 May 2012 12:00 AM
On a suitably cold and dismal day, the President of a dissident republic addressed his underground supporters in inner London about the optimal size of a monetary union.
02 May 2012 12:00 AM
Will this finally spoil the BSkyB bid, or is it the custard pie that creates pity for the old alligator?
01 May 2012 12:00 AM
30 April 2012 12:00 AM
27 April 2012 12:00 AM
So, Counsel Jay likes Le Monde, eh? Rupert Murdoch dropped this little nugget into the courtroom proceedings after one of their private, tea-break conversations. Jay is [distant smile] "one of the few people who likes Le Monde". That is: a high-minded member of a cloistered, liberal elite. It was a gloss on the "people like you" jab Murdoch had landed earlier.
26 April 2012 12:00 AM
25 April 2012 12:00 AM
A hundred and sixty three pages of emails between your private office and News Corp written during the most sensitive stages of a takeover... and volunteered to the tribunal without a struggle. What a betrayal of such tender intimacy. For Jeremy Hunt, it must have been like having his sex-tape released on the internet.
24 April 2012 12:00 AM
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
Half of Ukip voters say they are prejudiced against people of other races
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
'Cash for access' scandal: Sir Malcolm Rifkind says 'unrealistic' for MPs to live on £67,000 salary
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
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