Simon Kelner

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

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What I learnt about life from Simpsons genius Sam Simon

His impulses may have been informed by a sentimental attachment, but he was nothing if not a rounded individual

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss?

MP David Lammy would become the capital’s first black mayor if he won the 2016 Mayoral election

Crime, punishment and morals: we’re entering a maze with no clear exit

David Lammy's idea that we should apply moral relativism to shoplifting is an interesting but dangerously flawed proposal

Nick Robinson and Brian Sewell: with them every step of the way

They are, in their own ways, heroes of our time

Peter Oborne quit as the Daily Telegraph’s chief political commentator on Tuesday night

The Telegraph has put at risk the most precious asset a newspaper has — the bond of trust with its readers

I know exactly what it's like to be faced with commercial pressures at a newspaper

The Archbishop had to withdraw from his Christmas Day sermon because of pneumonia

At last, I've found a political agenda I can get behind...

Voting for Miliband presents something of a challenge

The comic Ivor Demimba outside the Houses of Parliament

Jewish jokes are not anti-Semitic if told in good faith

As long as it’s another Jew making the jokes we're perfectly happy to laugh at ourselves, and we're not alone in this

One lot at the Tory fundraiser included a five-night break in Santorini via private jet

Auctions like these demand a re-think on party funding

No wonder the public is disenchanted with politics

Stephen Fry hosting the 2015 Baftas

Shouldn’t we be able to take a Stephen Fry swear word in our stride?

A bit of Bafta naughtiness, and suddenly everyone’s taking offence

Stephen Green, former chief executive of HSBC, was made a Conservative life peer in 2010 (AFP/Getty)

Ever paid someone in cash? Then think twice before you complain about banks avoiding tax

Instead of shaming tax dodgers, we should be celebrating those who pay the most

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General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

On the margins

From Militant Elvis to Women's Equality: a guide to the underdogs standing in the election
Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
Why patients must rely less on doctors: Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'

Why patients must rely less on doctors

Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'
Sarah Lucas is the perfect artist to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale

Flesh in Venice

Sarah Lucas has filled the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale with slinky cats and casts of her female friends' private parts. It makes you proud to be a woman, says Karen Wright
11 best anti-ageing day creams

11 best anti-ageing day creams

Slow down the ageing process with one of these high-performance, hardworking anti-agers
Juventus 2 Real Madrid 1: Five things we learnt, including Iker Casillas is past it and Carlos Tevez remains effective

Juventus vs Real Madrid

Five things we learnt from the Italian's Champions League first leg win over the Spanish giants
Ashes 2015: Test series looks a lost cause for England... whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket

Ashes series looks a lost cause for England...

Whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket, says Stephen Brenkley
Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power