Simon Kelner

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

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Where would golf be without Peter Alliss? Possibly in 2015?

The commentator has struggled for some time with gender equality

Cameron and Miliband

Cameron and Miliband should know that my gang vs your gang is not what elections should be about

Instead of sizing up to the Tories, Labour should have actually exposed the antics of some of their business supporters

Crofter's cottages on Lewis. The island's low population density makes it a good candidate for a spaceport (Alamy)

My Scottish awakening, helped by horizontal sleet

I have just returned from a trip to the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. It’s the most northerly I’ve ever been while still in Britain and, on admittedly superficial evidence, my contentious belief that people get nicer the further north you go in the United Kingdom appears to hold true. It would be tempting to suggest that the inhabitants of this outpost reflect an environment that’s cold, rugged, insular, and brooding, but the opposite was the case. Warm, welcoming, modest and outward-looking: these were the clearly apparent qualities of the Hebrideans I met.

I'm making a bucket list for my old labrador, too

Only the best will do for a dog with not long to live

Kevin Spacey does justice to a lawyer ahead of his time in Clarence Darrow

On the day I saw it, I had woken up to the news that Utah is to bring back the firing squad

English golfer Oliver Wilson on the 1st Green during his opening Round on the first day of the British Open Golf Championship at St Andrews in Scotland

If golf wants to be a sport for everyone, it needs to go easy on the petty rules

I recently found myself at the centre of a rules-based controversy that has riven my club

Look sharp! The poor old hedgehog needs our help

Due to the changing nature of our landscape their numbers are in steep decline, but help is at hand for our prickly friends

Bring Back Clarkson: Shouldn't the BBC give the public what they want?

Their biggest star threw a wobbly when he couldn't get a steak at the end of a long day, and has an altercation with a producer – so deal with it

Barack Obama using a selfie stick in a Buzzfeed video

The autograph is dead. Long live the selfie

When the Prime Minister takes a selfie at a state funeral, it’s clear the game is up

Jeremy Clarkson leaves his home in London, as he laughed off his latest controversy telling reporters he was 'just off to the job centre'

Jeremy Clarkson's flaws are inseparable from what makes him popular

The Top Gear presenter’s language is an antidote to the robot-speak of most public figures

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Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
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Bread from heaven

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How 'the Axe' helped Labour

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Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

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It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
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Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before