Simon Kelner

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

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Alison Saunders decided not to charge Lord Janner over child abuse allegations

The Janner decision damages everyone concerned

He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2009, but continued to serve in the Lords until just over a year ago

You don't have to pity Clarkson. But he raises an important point

It's not easy being in your fifties and out of a job

From Piers Morgan to ‘amazing’ – 20 of life’s little annoyances

People who don’t know how to operate the barriers at Tube stations. And then feeling annoyed that this annoys you

The original Tory election poster featuring Alex Salmond and Ed Miliband (Conservative Party/PA)

Whatever happened to election posters in windows?

I remember a time when, at this stage in an election campaign, people would proudly wear their political allegiance

In the 21st century, we are all encouraged to be Viv Nicholsons now

It's no wonder we are told to 'spend, spend, spend' when we live in a time that is defined by excessive consumption

I welcome anything that helps take the pain out of divorce

Baroness Hale's call for "no-blame" divorces is a forward-thinking approach that could make the process a lot less hostile

Lucy Howarth , six, summed up how many of us feel when she met David Cameron

Four reasons to feel angry, disenchanted and depressed about our politics

From the catchphrases to the lack of choice, I've almost had enough

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.

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Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
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The ZX Spectrum is back

The ZX Spectrum was the original - and for some players, still the best. David Crookes meets the fans who've kept the games' flames lit
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The critics had a field day after last year's premiere, but the savaging goes on
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If one was missed, vomiting blood was seen as a viable alternative
The best work perks: From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)

The quirks of work perks

From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)
Is bridge the latest twee pastime to get hip?

Is bridge becoming hip?

The number of young players has trebled in the past year. Gillian Orr discovers if this old game has new tricks
Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

Now that academic papers are written by thousands (yes, thousands) of contributors, it's getting hard to tell workers from shirkers
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The rise of Lego Clubs

How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships
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Whether you’re pounding pavements, parks or hill passes, keep your eyes protected in all weathers
Joe Root: 'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

Joe Root says the England dressing room is a happy place again – and Stokes is the catalyst
Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada