News

Another week and another round of Prime Minister's Questions with very few answers. Yet although the reasons for Cameron and Miliband's mutual mocking changes, look a little closer and you will notice there is always one constant.

PMQs: David Cameron

It’s not rocket science: What advice would David Cameron give to his younger self?

John Rentoul speculates on the pearls of wisdom offered by the premier to the public schoolboy he once was

Iain Duncan Smith blamed civil servants for not giving him the full picture of teething problems of universal credit

The only thing that might save the Government is that the opposition is so poor

Iain Duncan Smith disclosed that his 2017 target for the full introduction of Universal Credit is set to be missed - but Labour aren't quick enough to criticise

The NHS must not be 'micromanaged' from Westminster, says top official

Proposals could see ministers 'telling the NHS how it wants things achieved'

Labour Party conference: Andy Burnham warns of American-style NHS under Coalition

Shadow Health Secretary also attacked ministers for criticising the health service because they wanted to make it easier to introduce privatisation

MPs have been accused of limiting freedom of expression and 'gagging' charities and campaigners with a controversial new bill

Lobbying Bill threatens freedom of speech, warns electoral body

The Bill cuts the amount groups can spend before elections from £989,000 to £390,000

Another nail in the coffin: Family doctors show support for charging patients for routine appointments

£25 to see your GP: Majority of doctors want to charge patients for routine appointments

Doctors say that patient demand has become unmanageable

George Galloway plans to oppose cancellation of Prime Minister's Questions for Margaret Thatcher's funeral and attacks 'canonisation of wicked woman'

Respect MP also plans to disrupt plans to cancel PMQ's to allow MPs and peers to attend service

Timeline: The Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust scandal

2002 – Commission for Health Improvement publishes highly critical report describing  lack of governance, poor culture and some staff “under constant pressure.”

Danny Rogers on PR: Want a PR challenge? Try Barclays

So who has the toughest job in PR going into 2013? In years past the gong regularly went to the communications director of British Airways, an airline with a historic adeptness for shooting itself in the foot, from disputes with staff to ridiculous tailfins. But these days, BA is avoiding turbulence, with sure-footed boss Willie Walsh even threatening to give PRmeister Sir Richard Branson a “knee in the groin”. Hence current PR supremo Paul Marston can afford to feel relatively relaxed over the festive season. BA's challenge, after a stellar sponsorship of the Olympics, will be creating an equivalent buzz during 2013.

London Midland rail company warned over poor performance as it cancels hundreds of services

A train company which has been forced to cancel hundreds of services due to a shortage of crew could face action from the Department for Transport (DfT), MPs were told.

Debt-ridden NHS trust to be scrapped

South London NHS Healthcare Trust was haemorrhaging around £1m a week

Wonga have a shirt sponsorship deal with Blackpool

Football sponsors should undergo 'fit and proper' test hear MPs following Wonga link-up with Newcastle United

Companies planning to advertise with football teams should undergo a “fit and proper” test, MPs heard today, as the row over Wonga's link-up with Newcastle United continued.

There's a new species of prohibitionism on the rise

Instead of an outright ban on activities deemed "undesirable" - like getting off your head on booze - the state is trying to render them socially inacceptable

Editorial: Survival kit for Mr Cameron

He saw himself as the heir to Blair, but had not done the spadework in Opposition
How The Independent revealed Kay Sheldon’s case yesterday

MPs to grill NHS CQC watchdog over whistleblower Kay Sheldon's story

Regulator's future in doubt as claims of secret psychiatric assessment are greeted with outrage

Sport
Rio Ferdinand, Alan Shearer, Alan Hansen and Gary Lineker during Hansen's final broadcast
World Cup 2014
Sport
Rihanna celebrates Germany's win
Sport
Sport
Manchester United's kit for the 2014/15 season
football
Arts and Entertainment
Neil Young performs on stage at Hyde Park
musicAnd his Hyde Park set has rhyme and reason, writes Nick Hasted
News
Women have been desperate to possess dimples like Cheryl Cole's
people Cole has secretly married French boyfriend Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini after just three months.
Arts and Entertainment
AKB48 perform during one of their daily concerts at Tokyo’s Akihabara theatre
musicJapan's AKB48 are one of the world’s most-successful pop acts
News
Ian Thorpe has thanked his supporters after the athlete said in an interview that he is gay
people
News
The headstone of jazz great Miles Davis at Woodlawn Cemetery in New York
news
Arts and Entertainment
Brendan O'Carroll has brought out his female alter-ego Agnes Brown for Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie
filmComedy holds its place at top of the UK box office
Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel Shop See all offers »
India and Nepal
14 nights from £2,159pp Find out more
Dutch Masters
five nights from £679pp Find out more
La Robla and Rioja
nine nights from £1599pp Find out more
Classical Spain
six nights from £539pp Find out more
California and the Golden West
14 nights from £1,599pp Find out more
Bruges
three nights from £259pp Find out more
Super Mario crushes the Messi dream as Germany win the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

Super Mario crushes the Messi dream

Germany win the 2014 World Cup in Brazil
Saharan remains may be evidence of the first race war, 13,000 years ago

The first race war, 13,000 years ago?

Saharan remains may be evidence of oldest large-scale armed conflict
Scientists find early warning system for Alzheimer’s

Scientists find early warning system for Alzheimer’s

Researchers hope eye tests can spot ‘biomarkers’ of the disease
Sex, controversy and schoolgirl schtick

Meet Japan's AKB48

Pop, sex and schoolgirl schtick make for controversial success
In pictures: Breathtaking results of this weekend's 'supermoon'

Weekend's 'supermoon' in pictures

The moon appeared bigger and brighter at the weekend
Iraq crisis: How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over the north of the country

How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over northern Iraq

A speech by an ex-MI6 boss hints at a plan going back over a decade. In some areas, being Shia is akin to being a Jew in Nazi Germany, says Patrick Cockburn
The evolution of Andy Serkis: First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The evolution of Andy Serkis

First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial: Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried

You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial...

Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried
Refugee children from Central America let down by Washington's high ideals

Refugee children let down by Washington's high ideals

Democrats and Republicans refuse to set aside their differences to cope with the influx of desperate Central Americas, says Rupert Cornwell
Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Malorie Blackman appeals for a better ethnic mix of authors and characters and the illustrator Quentin Blake comes to the rescue
Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...

Blackest is the new black

Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...
Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

The US Ambassador to London holds 'jeans and beer' gigs at his official residence – it's all part of the job, he tells Chris Green
Meet the Quantified Selfers: From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor

Meet the 'Quantified Selfers'

From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor
Madani Younis: Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Madani Younis wants the neighbourhood to follow his work as closely as his audiences do
Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

When it comes to national stereotyping, the Irish – among others – know it can pay to play up to outsiders' expectations, says DJ Taylor