Simon Kelner

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

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Rihanna and Piers Morgan highlight the perils of debate on Twitter

140 characters is not enough for a reasoned argument

The middle-aged-man has a built-in obsolescence nowadays

What's so terrible about middle-aged men?

This week's Cabinet reshuffle has made Simon Kelner fear that 'middle-aged man' is now a vulnerable condition

It’s ability that should count – not age or gender

The reshuffle shows that ‘middle-aged man’ is now a very vulnerable condition

The Labour Party are announcing that they would spend £5.5 billion to guarantee a job for every young person who has been out of work for a year and every adult unemployed for two years

Growing up in an age of austerity has left its mark on today's young people

A new survey paints a depressing picture of this generation

David and Samantha Cameron arrive for the Conservative Party fundraiser

For just 50p we can rebuild a little confidence in the political system

State-funded politics might be controversial, but it would help put an end to political parties selling out

The BBC licence fee is superb value for money

Just ask Gary Lineker, who thinks it should be doubled

Colombia's Juan Guillermo Cuadrado celebrates his team's second goal against Uruguay

The World Cup teaches us more about life than you might think

Both on and off the field, traditional power bases are making way for new ones

The Prime Minister's pledge came as polls suggest that support for leaving the United Kingdom is slowly growing

The Scottish independence debate highlights an identity crisis

This can be characterised by the simple question: where do I belong?

Commuters, take time and embrace the boredom

Stop hooking yourselves up to electronic devices, and try living in the moment

The sun sets on a very bourgeois section of the Glasto campsite

Don't complain about gentrification unless you're willing to start a revolution

Glastonbury might be bourgeois but it's just another reality of our corporate world

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Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years. Now audiences can meet the Biblical femme fatale in two new stage and screen projects
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Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

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The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
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