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."
19 April 2012 12:00 AM
"It's a bit of a shambles, don't you think?" No sooner were the words out in the press gallery than Ed Miliband – quoting officials quoting The Thick Of It – called it an "omnishambles". It was a fair description of PMQs.
18 April 2012 12:00 AM
17 April 2012 12:00 AM
The Sketch: What's this? George Galloway promising to bear true allegiance to her Majesty the Queen?
12 April 2012 10:00 AM
The three main candidates were greeted with cheers, amused booing – and some mooing. Later on the BNP candidate registered his protest at not being on the platform. He had a very Italian accent (is the party at risk of confusing its supporters?).
12 April 2012 12:00 AM
And Livingstone wept. When filmed watching his campaign commercials – young people saying how they needed a mayor like him – he cried such tears that they had to be knuckled away with both fists. So skilled an operator is he that he can cry out of one eye at a time so it's obviously serious in Camp Livingstone.
28 March 2012 12:00 AM
In a series of sharp but civilised exchanges, Andrew Tyrie probed the Chancellor about the security of the Budget detail.
27 March 2012 12:00 AM
Sketch: Cameron had made his shameful statement in the morning and was cowering in a feculent hole counting £50 notes
23 March 2012 12:00 AM
22 March 2012 12:00 AM
Miliband got up and gave a blistering performance, cutting his finest figure yet as the Opposition leader
21 March 2012 12:00 AM
Vain, pretentious, the Speaker is in a new stage of development... he is a monarch in his own right
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
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- 3 London council removes 'unacceptable' Stamford Hill posters telling women which side of the road to walk down
- 4 The response to my Pizza Express review has been overwhelming, and taught me a lot about journalism
- 5 Free U2 album: How the most generous giveaway in music history turned into a PR disaster