Simon Kelner

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

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Tim Bell has lamented the fact that people don't do what they're told any longer

Do what you’re told…or else. Now that rings a Bell

Lord Bell, who once represented the interests of the famously anti-democratic Sultan of Brunei, has been trying to assert some authority of his own

Brooks Newmark

If Brooks Newmark is ‘sick’ what does that say about the rest of us?

We’re not only entitled to a private life, we’re entitled to a secret life

Richard Branson: Giving his employees the chance to take unlimited holidays is a weak effort to bolster his image

It’s all right for Branson, it’s his business and he can slip off to Necker Island any time he wants

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?

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Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

The future of songwriting

How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
Beating obesity: The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters

Beating obesity

The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters
9 best women's festival waterproofs

Ready for rain: 9 best women's festival waterproofs

These are the macs to keep your denim dry and your hair frizz-free(ish)
Cycling World Hour Record: Nervous Sir Bradley Wiggins ready for pain as he prepares to go distance

Wiggins worried

Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
Big knickers are back: Thongs ain't what they used to be

Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back
Thurston Moore interview

Thurston Moore interview

On living in London, Sonic Youth and musical memoirs
In full bloom

In full bloom

Floral print womenswear
From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific