Simon Carr

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."

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Simon Carr: Coming down to earth from Air Force One

Cameron promised environmentally sensitive planning mixed with a bit of 'Victorian swagger'

The Sketch: A new coalition in the making

Cute exchange between an easy, patrician Chuka Umunna and the questing turtle that the Business Secretary has become. It's old and new. Youth and age. Nouvelle Labour and Zimmer Socialism.

The Sketch: Harriet sent packing as Clegg rises to occasion

PMQs – now with 20 per cent extra. It started on time and the Speaker eventually called off the half-hour at 12.37. Every time Nick Clegg thought he'd done the course, another name was called: the finish line receding with every step he took.

The Sketch: Labour cries 'outrage' but could it be they started the slide toward privatisation?

It's a constitutional outrage, a violence against the people, a forerunner of the apocalypse, oh let us discard party politics, let us forget our low tribal allegiances and rise together into the life-enhancing ozone of the national interest and please, please (some sobbing in the public gallery) abandon the Bill.

Simon Carr: Victory for gentle George ... and sighs of relief from my hat

Sketch: The committee scheduled debates that neither front bench wanted, and earned the enmity of the Cabinet

The Sketch: Not a knockout blow on foreign policy, but the punches landed

Rory Stewart's smile displays two full octaves of piano-key teeth and looks like a tribal defence to ward off witchcraft

The Sketch: Labour's extraordinary strategy to be more ordinary

Politicians are directed by different drivers from the rest of us. Nothing is beyond them

The Sketch: Left and Right havecompletely lost the plot

Why is the Right ring-fencing the vast collectivity of the NHS budget?

Simon Carr: Laughing at one's self is not much fun for the rest of us

Sketch: Cameron joined in the joke and spoiled it for everyone. He's clever like that
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