Simon Kelner

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

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Richard Branson's Necker Island, in the British Virgin Islands

Choose how much holiday to take? No employee should be saddled with such a burden

Richard Branson is mistaken if he thinks this is an enlightened policy

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...

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Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
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New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

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Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
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Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
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Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

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Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
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Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?