Simon Kelner

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

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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

Here’s my answer to a really taxing problem...

How much longer before that most personal of information – what we earn, how much we are worth – makes its way into the public domain?

'A Very British Airline' starts next week

Why I fly with British Airways

When it comes to buying an air ticket, I have a brand loyalty that transcends all other considerations

Losing it: Paul Gascoigne breaks into tears at the 1990 World Cup after England is defeated yet again

Why English football fans are taking a calm approach to the World Cup

We've been burnt too many times in the past by unrealistic hopes, says Simon Kelner

A view of the World Cup trophy

Why aren't we that bothered about the World Cup?

There is a calmer approach this time around. Maybe we've learned from history

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