The Independent (London, England)

The Independent is a Monday to Sunday newspaper, owned and published by Independent Print Ltd and headquartered in London, England. It was first published in 1986 in reaction to the conservative views held by the London Times and the London Telegraph. It has a liberal slant. The Independent's audience is London based, with 54 percent of its readership living in London and its surroundings. Other notable qualities of its readership are: the average reader is 43 years old; 59 percent are employed; 62 percent are married; 48 percent have a college degree or higher; and 73 percent own their own homes. Regions covered include: London and South East, South West, Midlands, North and North East, North West, Scotland, and Wales. The Independent is the youngest of Britain's daily newspapers and is notable for challenging London's more established and conservative daily newspapers. The daily edition was named National Newspaper of the Year at the 2004 British Press Awards. In 2010, Simon Kelner, Editor-in-Chief of The Independent, and Johann Hari, a regular columnist in the paper, each received a Comment Award, similar to the U.S. Pultizer Prize. Oliver Wright is Whitehall editor; Oly Duff is home news editor, and Katherine Butler is comment editor.

Articles from December 23, 2008

60,000 Households to Pay Tax at 90%
THE GOVERNMENT has been accused of creating a new poverty trap with recent changes to the tax credit and benefit system which risk penalising almost two million low earners trying to boost their income.Thousands of the lowest-paid workers handed a pay...
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Adrian Mitchell
Poet and playwright whose work was driven by his pacifist politics 'Most people ignore most poetry because most poetry ignores most people" may well be the most widely quoted observation of the last half-century regarding poetry in Britain. It was Adrian...
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A Neverland That Needs a Sprinkle of Faerie Dust
THEATRE PETER PAN West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds *** Putting the jolly in the Jolly Roger and the treasure in our chest, Rachel Kavanaugh's production of Peter Pan is billed as a musical adventure. It's the Christmas show for everyone who has never...
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Anti-Terror Chief's Apology Fails to Quell Row over Tory Attack
* Conservatives question whether officer should lead inquiry into Green arrest DOUBTS were growing over the future of Britain's anti-terror police chief last night after the Conservatives questioned his objectivity and temperament. Assistant Commissioner...
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As the World Sees It
New Thai governmentBANGKOK POSTPrime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has made some excellent choices for his first cabinet. The 35 men and women are to be sworn in to office today. They all deserve strong support from a troubled nation. Unfortunately, the...
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Bargain-Hunting Will Be the Death of Us
What was it like for you last weekend - I have in mind the shopping. Were the crowds so dense that you were pushed off the kerb into the traffic? Were you wandering around the shop looking for an assistant? Did you have to wait in an interminable queue...
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Butcher Open to Boyd Return
* Scotland assistant talks of 'second chance' for striker who turned back on nation Terry Butcher admits he would not be opposed to Kris Boyd playing for Scotland again after watching the Rangers striker score 18 goals this season. The national team...
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Chess
Veselin Topalov is the winner of the Pearl Spring Super GM tournament in Nanjing, after a storming second-half performance guaranteed him victory with a round to spare: a real feat in an event of this class.As he often does, Topalov had started slowly,...
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Classical
STEVEN ISSERLIS BIRTHDAY CONCERT Wigmore Hall, London ***** With his wild locks and impish grin, Steven Isserlis always came across as a perennial infant, until his magisterial recordings of Bach's Cello Suites revealed the wisdom of a sage. Yet here...
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Credit Crisis Diary
No need to put this meal on expensesGood to see that even the City's top names are cutting their cloth to suit these more thrifty times. Naguib Kheraj, right, the chief executive of JPMorgan Cazenove, was on Sunday spotted heading into the Diwana restaurant...
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Death-Fall Model Found Boyfriend Was Married
* Tributes pour in for 23-year-old 'who had the world at her feet' A MODEL crowned the Face of Asia has fallen 150ft to her death from a luxury block of flats in Greater Manchester after finding out her boyfriend was married with a child.Sahar Daftary,...
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EC Orders Asset Sale as Price for EDF British Energy Deal
* Pounds 12.5bn sale of nuclear giant cleared as EDF offers concessions on competition The European Commission will force a sell-off of assets in return for approving Electricite de France's 12.5bn acquisition of British Energy.EDF must sell its non-nuclear...
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Exit Strategy Debate Gets off on the Wrong Foot in Baghdad
The ratification of the agreement underpinning Britain's exit strategy from Iraq was delayed once again when the parliament in Baghdad became embroiled in a row over shoes being thrown at President George Bush instead of voting on the issue.On Saturday,...
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Flu Is Back - but Now It's the Young Who Suffer Most
* Older people more likely to be vaccinated, experts say Young adults are being struck down with the flu at three times the rate of their parents' generation, figures from heath watchdogs reveal.For every 100,000 people aged 15 to 44 in England, 54.4...
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Gaza Has to Be Part of Any Middle East Peace
IS THERE a risk of a Christmas war in the Holy Land? Is there anything Britain can do about it?The answers are: yes and yes.The ceasefire in Gaza, always shaky, has come to an end. Even when it was on, the two sides played chicken, one using lethal modern...
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Ghosts with the Most
Last Night's Television CROOKED HOUSE BBC4 THE ASCENT OF MONEY CHANNEL 4 CATASTROPHE CHANNEL 4 If only the people who run our economies knew more history, went Niall Fergusons refrain in the final part of The Ascent of Money ,we wouldnt be in this mess...
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Good News from China
LEADING ARTICLE THERE IS a distinct sense of dej vu about panda diplomacy. Beijing, it might be said, is up to its old tricks, trading one of these outwardly winsome animals for another country's goodwill. Here we have an example of "soft power", as...
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How the Piano Helps Me Deal with Being the Secretary of State
Podium I HAVE TO work very, very hard and I work a lot of long hours and I travel a lot. But I still try, in all of that, to have a balanced life.I try to make time for my friends and my family. I try to make time for exercise - even if it does mean...
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How to Beat a Hangover
Forget hair of the dog. There are better ways to ease the pain of a night on the tiles, says Roger Dobson Cases of veisalgia will peak again this week. Symptoms include a range of physical, mental and psychological disturbances,such as headache, diarrhoea,...
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Hughes Fury at City's Boys from Brazil
The full extent of Mark Hughes' fury with some of the established Manchester City players he considers to have become "too comfortable" was revealed yesterday when it emerged that Elano was axed from the match-day squad to face West Bromwich last Sunday...
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Hughes Vents Anger on City's Boys from Brazil
FOOTBALL * Eastlands tensions boil over in training ground confrontation with Elano City's troubles deepened by rift with old era The full extent of Mark Hughes' fury with some of the established Manchester City players he considers to have become "too...
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If Only Cameron Could Base His Policies on Clegg
So far the two main opposition leaders respond in markedly different ways to the recession. Claiming the mantle of responsibility, David Cameron opposes a fiscal stimulus. In contrast, Nick Clegg supports a temporary boost to the economy but opposes...
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I Hang on the Queen's Every Word
MY FAVOURITE part of Christmas, after the food and the presents of course, is the Queen's Christmas broadcast. Watching this was such an important part of my childhood Christmases that I am often quite surprised to find that most families don't do the...
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India's Sixties Revival a Complete Turn-Off
Comment For most of the afternoon in the second Test yesterday it was somnolent stuff. Events proceeded at such a pace that it was as if the early-morning smog which had enveloped the ground and its environs had stifled all ambition.It was like a County...
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Indulge - the Easy Way
A merry Christmas doesn't have to be unhealthy. Jane Feinmann shows you and your family how to survive the festive season in better shape than ever before - without cutting back on the fun KEEP THE CHRISTMAS TASTE WITHOUT THE FATA typical Christmas Day's...
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It's Enough to Make You Believe in God
It is a difficult week for those of us of little faith. At every turn, there are songs in the air about certain poor shepherds, the angelic host proclaiming, the mother mild, the wondrous childhood all deep and crisp and even, and so on. It would be...
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Last Orders at the Cafe Royal
* After 143 years, the London institution frequented by Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde has closed its doors The last of the tea and toast has been taken, the waiters, caterers and cloakroom attendants have all gone home, and a part of the capital...
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Last Rites for Christmas TV?
As broadcasters bet big on television-on-demand, time is running out for Britain's biggest day of shared viewing. Nick Clark reports It's the biggest day of the year for television schedulers, but Thursday could be the last Christmas Day on which everyone...
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Leeds Annex Hall in Deal until 2011
RUGBY LEAGUE Ryan Hall has been rewarded for his contribution to Leeds' success last season with a new three-year contract. The winger came back after a broken foot to score a spectacular kick-and-chase try in the Grand Final victory over St Helens....
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Looted Ancient Treasures Recovered in Basra 'Sting'
* Smugglers were planning to sell priceless artefacts stolen from museums to foreign collectors Ancient treasures stolen from museums in the anarchic aftermath of the United States-led invasion of Iraq five years ago have been found in Basra, in one...
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Man Jailed after Fathering Two Children by Daughter
* Abuse began when one girl was eight years old A 72-year-old man was convicted yesterday of sexually abusing his three daughters for nearly 20 years, fathering two children with one of them. The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his...
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Modern Face of Slavery
They are lured by the promise of money and training, but end up as domestic workers who endure abuse and beatings at the hands of their masters. By Andrew Buncombe She came to Delhi dreaming of a new start, of escape from a life of poverty and hardship....
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More Retailers Fighting for Survival
Whittard of Chelsea and The Officers Club are the latest chains on the brink of going into administration. By James Thompson and Martin Hickman A FURTHER two high-profile retailers were on the brink of administration last night as the pre-Christmas collapse...
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'My Son Thinks Daddy Will Be Home for Christmas ... That Is Quite Sad'
Families of five Britons held hostage in Iraq for 19 months make an emotional appeal for their release THEY HAVE been held hostage in Iraq for nearly 19 months, largely forgotten in Britain because of an official government policy to discourage publicity.But...
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Neighbours Want Kidman to Take Her Yacht Away with Her
IT is one of Sydney's most prestigious apartment buildings, right on the harbour and home to a clutch of local celebrities, including, until recently, Nicole Kidman. Problem is, when the Hollywood star sold up, she left her A$4.5m (2.1m) yacht behind...
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Obama's Home on the Range but Senate Scandal Simmers
* President-elect takes first break since election victory PEACE AND privacy are the two gifts Barack Obama, the President- elect, will be looking for this Christmas as he and his family, trailed by aides, reporters, photographers and secret service...
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Olga Lepeschinskaya
Stalin's favourite ballerina who became a highly regarded teacherOlga Lepeschinskaya was one of the most brilliant ballerinas of Soviet ballet. She possessed a charming and vivacious personality and radiated a human warmth that was delightful. Her dancing...
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Outburst out of Character for a Soul of Discretion
Profile Until this week, the only manner in which Bob Quick lived up to his surname was his ascent to the highest echelons of policing and his ability to avoid the limelight, despite his involvement in high- profile anti-corruption cases and racially-motivated...
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Owen Delays Decision on His Future until Summer
Michael Owen yesterday delivered the Christmas message that many Newcastle United fans, as well as manager Joe Kinnear, have been fearing, when he announced that he would not make a decision about his future until the end of the season.In a statement...
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Pandora
Kinnock finds a new job (far from Russia)Stephen Kinnock has found himself a new berth, 11 months after getting caught in the centre of a major diplomatic storm which drew parallels with the Cold War.Kinnock, pictured, the son of the former Labour Party...
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Pietersen Made to Eat Humble Pie by Yuvraj
INDIA 453 & 134-4 ENGLAND 302 Yuvraj Singh may be a "pie chucker" in the eyes of Kevin Pietersen but he can bat. Yuvraj's unbeaten, 40-ball innings of 39, yes 39, was the highlight of a drab day of Test cricket here in Mohali yesterday. Having traded...
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Please, No Slade!
Sick of the usual Christmas hits? Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens selects his alternative festive playlist No Wham!. That's the first rule. After that, pretty much, if it's a Christmas record, festive in its melodies, lyrics, sound and sleeve, then count me...
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Pop
ADELE Roundhouse, London **** The cup of tea that Adele clutched at the beginning of tonight's set was an appropriate symbol for the kind of intimate homecoming performance she delivered warmly to a delighted Camden Roundhouse audience. And the roadie...
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Quiet American to Take Control of Sunderland
Ellis Short, the Dallas-based Irish-American businessman who owns a large share of Sunderland, has in place an agreement with the previous outright owners, the Drumaville consortium, that could see Short take full control of the 128-year-old Wearside...
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Recession Shatters Venice's Glass-Blowers
* Historic industry forced to lay off hundreds of workers FOR CENTURIES their workshops have sold intricate curlicues of glass to the smartest shops in the world but now the winds of crisis howling across the globe are rattling the doors of the glass-...
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Retail Sector Hit by Pre-Christmas Discounts
Market Report HOME RETAIL GROUP, the owner of the Homebase home improvement chain, slumped to the bottom of the Footsie last night as the retail sector turned lower amid growing concern about the impact of the flood of discounts on the high street.Analysts...
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Somerville's Eye May Cause Lengthy Lay-Off
Rugby union A hundred or so minutes into his career as one of Gloucester's big-money foreign captures, the All Black prop Greg Somerville may be facing a substantial spell of watching his new club rather than playing for them.The tight-head specialist...
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Terry Sees Red as Chelsea Miss Chance for Top Spot
FOOTBALL EVERTON 0 CHELSEA 0 Scolari lost for words after referee stands firm At least Avram Grant condescended to march up four flights of Goodison stairs to throw a tantrum. His response to a challenging period in the perennially challenging job of...
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The HARDER THEY FALL
Chris McGrath talks to Ruby Walsh, the epitome of a resilient, reckless jump jockey, back to ride Kauto Star on Boxing Day after losing his spleen last month Think of these men, perhaps, as the turkey is carved on Christmas Day. Not just because jockeys...
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There Is No Turning Back the Clock on Credit Controls
Outlook As confessions go, Sir John Gieve's admission that the Bank of England did not realise just how serious the effects of Britain's "crazy borrowing" would be is hardly revelatory. We are ending the year facing a grim recession, but for three-quarters...
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The Ten Best Last-Minute Gifts
Monsoon* No, this isn't a present for a pet budgie. This birdcage is decorative but useful, as it can be used as a boho jewellery box or a pretty place to keep an indoor plant. Want extra Brownie points? Fill it with sweets before wrapping it up.Price:...
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Toyota Expects Pounds 1.1bn Loss a Year after Record Profits
* World's biggest car-maker hit by currency appreciation The crisis facing the world's largest car-makers intensified yesterday as the Japanese giant Toyota, which last year reported record profits, forecast its first annual operating loss. The world's...
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Urban Notebook
The sun has got his hat on down in SE23Without wishing to seem precipitate - for anything can happen between going to press and you reading this - wasn't it great, at last, that the sun came up this morning? Sunday night was the longest night of a long...
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US Property Developers Latest to Seek Bailout
Commercial property developers are lobbying for a piece of the US government's Wall Street bailout fund, warning yesterday that a real estate crash could wreak new havoc on the banking system next year.A Federal Reserve scheme to kickstart the market...
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Voters Revolt over Taxes
* Brown loses his bounce as new 'Independent' poll shows growing support for lower public spending Exclusive PM's spending strategy given the thumbs down Voters are turning their back, for the first time in more than a decade, on Labour's promise to...
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Wait until End of the Season to Judge Me, Keane Asks
The 16th substitution of Robbie Keane's Liverpool career on Sunday against Arsenal told you that, even in his absence, Rafael Benitez was not about to allow the striker to get carried away. At least this time, Keane could walk off the pitch with a goal...
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Watch out - You May Come to Regret That Festive Kiss
Medical Life Warning of the week: beware of a Dyson under the mistletoe this Christmas. Not the vacuum cleaner, but anyone trying to impersonate one. It may start with a swoon but end with a searing pain and leave you deafened round the dinner table.If...
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'We Will Continue to Pay to See Shane MacGowan, Provided He Does His Job'
Tales of the City It was the whirling lager bottle that did it. I'd gone to see The Pogues perform at Brixton Academy for the fourth year running, and this year I'd taken my two eldest children. They'd been listening to the music of the London-Irish...
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What the Metropolitan Police Needs from Its New Chief
LEADING ARTICLE Sir Ian Blair's successor must be a leader, a diplomat and a crime fighter Something is plainly rotten at Scotland Yard. The Metropolitan Police force has been responsible for a catalogue of blunders in recent years, from the mistaken...
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Wild Thing
Wild boar are on the rampage in Gloucestershire, so the council has sent a team to Germany to see how they deal with the menace. By Cahal Milmo and Tony Paterson The first evidence that wild boar had become a problem in Soudley came one weekend morning...
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Winners of World's Richest Lottery Share Pounds 2.1bn Prize
Spain's traditional Christmas lottery showered its riches yesterday on the historic centre of Barcelona, as El Gordo, "the Fat One", dished out 2.3bn (2.14bn) in prizes. Up to 1,950 people have won a share in what is the world's richest lottery.Hundreds...
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Zenit Dangle Pounds 20m Arshavin in Front of Arsenal
Zenit St Petersburg are optimistic that Arsenal will make a club record bid for Andrei Arshavin in the next few days. Arsne Wenger has money to spend after Arsenal made a 37m profit last season and, despite questioning Arshavin's physique as he dazzled...
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