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
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
Revealed: How the world gets rich – from privatising British public services
Myleene Klass: Ed Miliband 'strikes back' by comparing UK's need for Labour's mansion tax to Hear'Say track
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- 2 To help fuel their propaganda machine against the poor, our government has now decided to redefine the word 'welfare'
- 3 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
- 4 Lana Del Rey rape video: Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking leaked footage
- 5 Kenya bus attack: Al-Shabaab militants kill 28 non-Muslims who failed to recite Koran