Simon Kelner

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

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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...

Flowers, tootsie rolls, a card, and a candle are placed in memory of Robin Williams in front of Carolines on Broadway comedy club in New York City

Is it wrong to recreationally grieve for Robin Williams on social media?

Millions of us have posted messages of sympathy for a man we've never met

Burt Bacharach performs at Wilderness Festival 2014

Anyone who had a heart would love Burt Bacharach just as much as I do

Watching him perform at the weekend was a truly moving experience

We all need to have a say in Scotland’s great debate

Should Scotland vote yes next month, it will force us to confront our own identity

Commuters of Britain: unite against this aural tyranny!

Instead of a quiet carriage, why don’t we have a noisy carriage?

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What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
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Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
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Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
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The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
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America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
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A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
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Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
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Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
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Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
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A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
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Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'
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Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

Stock up on mirin, soy and miso and you have the makings of everyday Japanese cuisine
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