Simon Kelner

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

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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

He might be a pedantic oddity, but Wikipedia's grammar crusader is my modern-day hero

Every Sunday evening since 2006 Bryan Henderson has devoted his time to correcting the online encyclopedia

It’s no use Ed Miliband saying he can’t recall saying ‘weaponise’, he needs to show a killer instinct (PA)

Miliband vs business leaders – a PR disaster for the Labour leader

Slanging matches in the run-up to the election aren’t the way to win votes

Julian Edelman demonstrates a prime example of the shoulder pads and bum protection used in the NFL

Super Bowl 2015: America is more suited to a game which is more about strength than subtlety

The country's deeply-held patriotism hits its apotheosis at the Super Bowl

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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
Birthplace of Arab Spring in turmoil as angry Tunisians stage massive sit-in over lack of development

They shall not be moved: jobless protesters bring Tunisia to a halt

A former North African boom town is wasting away while its unemployed citizens stick steadfastly to their sit-in
David Hasselhoff's new show 'Hoff the Record': What's it like working with a superstar?

Hanging with the Hoff

Working with David Hasselhoff on his new TV series was an education for Ella Smith
Can Dubai's Design District 'hipster village' attract the right type of goatee-wearing individualist?

Hipsters of Arabia

Can Dubai’s ‘creative village’ attract the right type of goatee-wearing individualist?
The cult of Roger Federer: What is it that inspires such obsessive devotion?

The cult of Roger Federer

What is it that inspires such obsessive devotion?
Kuala Lumpur's street food: Not a 'scene', more a way of life

Malaysian munchies

With new flights, the amazing street food of Kuala Lumpur just got more accessible
10 best festival beauty

Mud guards: 10 best festival beauty

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Unai Emery’s passion for winning and eye for a bargain keep Seville centre stage in Europe

A Different League

Unai Emery’s passion for winning and eye for a bargain keep Seville centre stage in Europe, says Pete Jenson
Amir Khan and James DeGale’s remarkable Olympic performances were just the start of an extraordinary journey - Steve Bunce

Steve Bunce on Boxing

Amir Khan and James DeGale’s remarkable Olympic performances were just the start of an extraordinary journey
Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf