Simon Kelner

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

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Participants are seen at the Congress Center during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting on 21 January, 2014, in Davos

Champagne is flowing in Davos. Let’s drink to that

Why we should be glad that global leaders are cracking open the bubbly

David Tennant and Olivia Colman hear that Joe Miller's confession will likely be ignored at trial

From Broadchurch to Coronation Street, let’s not confuse art with life

Whatever happened to the willing suspension of disbelief?

No More Page 3 campaigners protest at News International offices in Wapping, London

Page 3 has long been an anachronism, and we risk exaggerating the significance of its demise

If this ‘institution’ represented anything, it was the hegemony of the Murdoch empire

A self-service checkout at Tesco

5 reasons to rage against the modern world

The only upside? Self-tying shoelaces...

Alcohol misuse is higher in the military than in civilian populations, according to research

Eddie Mair’s woken up to the perils of drinking – and maybe I should too

A new study has claimed that the link between the length of the working week and alcohol abuse 'cannot be ignored'

A woman holds a poster reading 'Je suis Charlie' (I am Charlie) during a vigil in Trafalgar Square in London for victims of the terrorist attack at Charlie Hebdo in Paris

I am no more Charlie than George Clooney or Helen Mirren is

Would we be so supportive of Charlie Hebdo if it was an extreme right-wing publication?

Did my iPhone really need to be obsolete quite so quickly?

There’s a hold that tech companies have over us, and I for one resent it

The prospect of signing Ched Evans has led several Oldham sponsors to threaten to quit

It's the wealth gap that fuels the Ched Evans debate

Were he a bus conductor, binman or butcher, who would give a monkey’s when he went back to his former job?

Ched Evans playing football again might seem grotesque, but how should his fate be decided — an online poll?

The principles on which our law is founded must apply to all if they are to mean anything

Nigel Farage and members of the UKIP team celebrate after Mark Reckless won the Rochester and Strood by-election at Medway Park, Gillingham near Rochester, Kent

My limerick for 2014

It's been a tumultuous year, filled to the brim with Ukip, Isis, celebrity bottoms and misguided tweets

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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

Pinstriped for action

A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: 'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'

Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

Stock up on mirin, soy and miso and you have the makings of everyday Japanese cuisine
Michael Calvin: How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us

Michael Calvin's Last Word

How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us