Simon Kelner

Simon Kelner was Editor of The Independent between 1998 and 2011. He writes a daily column for i.

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Howard Jacobson has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for the second time

In praise of Howard Jacobson

At 72 my good friend is still just angry, exacting, and unbelievably brilliant as he has always been

Vivienne Westwood has said that she hates England

Scottish independence: I can’t help but admire Dame Viv’s punk passion

I hope that I'll still feel passionate about politics when I'm in my seventies

Ray Rice was released by the Baltimore Ravens and suspended by the NFL after a video emerged of him attacking his wife

Ray Rice's ‘punishment’ by the NFL reeks of double standards

Would the same have happened if he hadn't been caught on camera?

Yes' and 'No' voters protest as John Prescott and Alistair Darling join the Scottish Labour Battle Bus on Rutherglen main street on September 10, 2014

Scottish Independence: Our democracy is a raw and sexy beast, and there's no stopping it

This compelling referendum reaffirms the most basic principles of a fair and just society

The TUC General Secretary, Frances O’Grady, addresses union delegates at their annual conference in Liverpool

Frances O’Grady was right about the rich but wrong about Downton

Most people who tune in are struck by the benevolent, paternalistic attitude of the haves towards the have-nots

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond described the poll results as 'encouraging'

Scottish Independence: Salmond has momentum – we may have a new PM

How could David Cameron look Her Majesty in the eye if he's just lost Scotland?

Justin Timberlake gets his friends involved in the ice bucket challenge

There’s nothing uncool about the ALS ice bucket challenge

Who cares if self-promotion is one of the side-effects?

A man lying on his back reads a book

Ian McEwan’s right. If books were shorter, we could read them in one go

There's always pleasure to be found in singular, uninterrupted experiences

Machu Picchu is a popular destination for students on gap years

Why should gap years be the exclusive preserve of the young?

If youth is wasted on the young then maybe travelling is too...

Flowers, tootsie rolls, a card, and a candle are placed in memory of Robin Williams in front of Carolines on Broadway comedy club in New York City

Is it wrong to recreationally grieve for Robin Williams on social media?

Millions of us have posted messages of sympathy for a man we've never met

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A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

The Imitation Game, film review
England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

Donatella Versace at New York Fashion Week