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 ...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.
The National Hunt season hits top gear this weekend. With
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TV REVIEW "The BBC is reeling from a crisis of its own making," intoned
Nick Higham, the BBC News correspondent. And with its officer class
decimated, the Corporation devoted its energies to crawling over the
minutiae of developments on a rolling BBC...
Starbucks and Google admit to MPs they use favourable
jurisdictions for their UK businesses Amazon was mauled by MPs yesterday for failing to answer
questions about its tax affairs amid suspicions that it
"manipulates" its accounting to avoid paying...
The DIARY The search for a new BBC Director-General will go far and wide.
Ideally, the candidate should be someone who understands television,
has journalism in the blood and high-level managerial experience. A
woman DG would be a breakthrough. And obviously...
Dave Murphy is the man charged with organising the coaches that
ferry official Liverpool supporters' club members around the country
to follow their team. He would not dream of travelling to watch
England, however, and has one overriding thought at Steven...
Mario Balotelli does not want to leave Manchester City, despite a
struggle to make a lasting impact at the club, which saw him dropped
from the squad for Sunday's win over Tottenham. After his
outstanding European Championship with Italy, Balotelli has...
Acts of kindness to our fellow humans don't only benefit others -
they boost our own well-being, too, experts believe. Flemmich Webb
goes in search of the do-good factor I'm going to be extra nice today. Don't get me wrong: I'm not
normally an uncaring...
Twitter users who wrongly suggested that Lord McAlpine was a
paedophile could be sued even if they didn't have any followers,
experts said yesterday after it emerged that the former politician
was considering libel action.After the BBC's Newsnight mistakenly...
Nathaniel Martello-White's stinging satire is inspired by
frustration at the dearth of quality roles for black actors in this
country. Premiered in a production by David Lan that pulsates with
witty dynamism, the play takes a caustically absurdist approach...
Michael Palin does a very effective job masquerading as the man
next door, an English everyman in his holiday uniform. In this
disguise, but breaking out into his self-mocking humour at need, he
mucks in all over Brazil, dancing with Yanomami tribes,...
MARKET REPORT Problems as far afield as Algeria, Saudi Arabia and Australia
have helped sink shares in oil services group Cape. Its fourth
profits warning in a year was blamed on a downturn in trade at its
onshore oil business in Australia, a 1.5m debt...
Boxer who beat Sugar Ray Robinson for a world title Carmen Basilio said he made his opponents cry with "onion juice",
and during a remarkable boxing career he left some of the very best
in tears. Basilio was born to onion farmers, raised on an onion...
CRICKET The former England cricket captain Chris Cowdrey has urged Nick
Compton to take his international chance with both hands and ignore
the pressure that comes with having one of the sport's most famous
surnames.The England opener is likely to become...
Five years ago on a shabby university campus in Polokwane, the
capital of impoverished Limpopo Province, the President of South
Africa was heckled by his own party members as he took to the
podium. Within 24 hours Thabo Mbeki had been ousted as leader...
Republicans demand General attends inquiry on Benghazi killings
as he handles affair fallout David Petraeus has devoted the days since his resignation to a so-
far-futile effort to placate his wife, a close friend said
yesterday, hinting the disgraced...
Serb in imperious form as he stages stunning second set fight-
back to overcome Federer Their season has raged for 10 and a half months but Novak
Djokovic and Roger Federer saved some of their very best for last.
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Brown 22 og, Reed 90, 119 After extra-time; score at 90min 2-2 Joy was confined at Kingsmeadow last night as AFC Wimbledon edged
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Minister pledges new rules to ensure firms which fail vulnerable
patients are punished Private companies which get public money to run care homes will
be made "corporately accountable" for poor standards, the Care
Services minister has pledged.Norman...
The BBC: Purpose John Simpson is an old friend and Jeremy Paxman a man whose
journalism I have always admired. So it is with regret that I say
these two great broadcasters have lost it when they attribute to
cuts in the BBC's programme-making budget...
Whistleblower hands evidence of manipulation of gas market to
Financial Services Authority The big power companies have been accused of fixing gas prices in
the week that customers of British Gas are facing bill hikes of 6
per cent.The energy regulator...
England may have landed in precisely the right place if they are
seeking inspiration to beat India. Passive resistance and infinite
patience, two of the main components of their master plan, were
practised for years almost to perfection by Mahatma Gandhi...
It's Tim Davie's job to steady the ship until a replacement for
George Entwistle is found. But his ambitions may not end there Tim Davie might only be acting Director-General of the BBC but he
spent much of his first day setting out his credentials...
Royal College of Nursing warns workforce has fallen by 21,000
since Coalition came to power The NHS is "sleepwalking" into a staffing crisis with almost
61,000 jobs under threat, the Government is warned today.The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said...
Of all the tributes heaping on Steven Gerrard, the one that does
him most credit is that at 32 he still plays with the rage of a kid
obsessed with the need to prove himself.There are reasons for this of course - and not all of them are to
do with the...
Brother's book blames parents for Toulouse scooter assassin's
killing spree. By John Lichfield The oldest brother of the Toulouse scooter killer, Mohamed Merah,
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Mike Stone road tests 150 cars a year, and is adept at assessing
a model's strengths and weaknesses, quickly. Here's how he does it -
and how you can too."The first questions I ask myself are, does this car achieve what
it sets out to do and how does...
LIFE ON MARSDEN Last week I started packing to move house and discovered that I
owned two slotted spoons. This seemed to be evidence of such
excessive indulgence that I immediately put one in the pile marked
"jettison", which is bigger than the pile...
David Petraeus Few would describe the resignation of David Petraeus in such
tawdry circumstances as anything other than a tragedy - for himself,
for his family and for the other families involved. The retired
general had been head of the US Central...
With Vladimir Putin back in the Kremlin as president,
'diversification' is now the buzzword in the country's political
circles, says Mary Dejevsky Asked to comment on last month's deal between Rosneft and BP,
which will create the world's biggest oil...
Home Secretary's order to deport preacher to face trial in Jordan
is overturned on appeal Abu Qatada is to be released back on to the streets of Britain
after an appeals commission defied the Home Secretary to revoke the
radical cleric's deportation...
Kingsholm, the one English club rugby stadium still on the list
of potential venues for World Cup matches in a little under three
years' time, will put its best foot forward tonight - and summon its
loudest, most blood-curdling primeval roar from the...
Australia game now a must-win if England are to avoid potential
group of death at World Cup Stuart Lancaster is on record as saying that when he goes to bed
at night, he does not lie awake worrying about England's position in
the International Rugby...
As any historian knows, you need to know the origin and date of a
piece of evidence before you know what it proves. Take this remark,
for instance, about a man who eventually became so notorious that
even the smallest fact about him would come to be...
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the environment, but how do you know you are making the...
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He may have impeccable taste in music, but Jon Snow's decision to
take to the stage with the singularly talented Mara Carlyle
ultimately proves more foolish than brave. Having met her at New
Horizon, a homeless shelter he supports, Snow has enthusiastically
The arrest of a man for allegedly posting a picture of a burning
poppy online on Remembrance Sunday has been condemned by civil
liberties activists, amid growing concern about threats to freedom
of speech.The 19-year-old from Canterbury, named locally...
A photograph of Matisse working in his studio as an elderly man
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painting on the canvas that caught Bochner's attention,...
You would have thought that David Hockney had made a big enough
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Zaha's surprise England call-up is culmination of careful
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cent of the country's...
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being finally subjected to vivid light. Some of the more famous and
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Unscrupulous firms use Christmas shopping sprees to target
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after India's then-ruler asked...
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director bore the brunt of shareholder wrath over founder and
chairman Steve Morgan's failed 562m attempt to take the company
private.The company's senior independent director, Alan Jackson,...
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international opinion for a renewed onslaught against Palestinian
militants after more than a million Israeli citizens spent a third
night in bomb shelters as more than 100 rockets rained across...
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Three games into his international career, Tim Visser is the
joint-third top try scorer in the current Scotland squad. The
country's quest for a victory against New Zealand continues but in
the midst of the 51-22 loss to the world champions on Sunday...
Diplomat who stood up to the Argentinians during the Falklands
War Sir Rex Hunt has a place in British history for having faced with
aplomb a disaster not of his own making. As Governor of the Falkland
Islands in the South Atlantic he was obliged on...
Here's a handy guide to the things to consider when you are
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drive' You may well have decided to buy a new car, possibly to reduce
your day-to-day running costs. But how do you go about it?...
OUTLOOK Chip, chip, chip. The Parliamentary Commission into Banking
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Vickers' proposals to force Britain's banks to ring-fence retail
operations with the aim of securing the deposits...
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the Royal Opera House during a performance of his ballet Mayerling.
At the end of the evening, the stunned audience was informed of the
great choreographer's death. Two decades on, his...
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despite a bit-part role at his club It is developing into the season of the substitute - Manchester
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Manchester United time...
Leon Osman's story of how he sat his seven-year-old boy down in
front of a television set for the news bulletin reporting his own
England call-up is an incentive to any player who thinks his time as
an international has passed.His son, Cole, is already...
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growing tide of resignations amid claims of authoritarianism as it
attempts to replace ageing members of Burma's democracy movement
with new blood.About 130 members of Ms Suu Kyi's opposition...
For those with dementia and their loved ones, a cafe with a
difference is providing a lifeline in a confusing world. Emily Jupp
goes to visit The first rule of the memory-loss caf is you must tell as many
dementia sufferers as possible about the memory-loss...
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eviction of money changers from the Temple. But to judge by
yesterday's showing, bankers would be highly unwise to mess with His
Grace.Having decided to remain on the...
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Have humans become too clever for their own good? Geneticist
argues intelligence peaked long ago and is declining because of
technology Is the human species doomed to intellectual decline? Will our
intelligence ebb away in centuries to come, leaving...
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responses to questions A man who doctors believed had been in a vegetative state for
more than a decade has been able to answer questions from scientists
and tell them he was not in any pain.The...
The United States will leapfrog Saudi Arabia and Russia to become
the world's biggest producer of oil and gas in the next five years
as the controversial practice of "fracking" for hydrocarbons
contained in shale rocks has enabled the country to increase
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university, I've been worried sick. I've read about the new TV show
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seems they're expected to have loveless sex with boys desensitised
England new boy turns down Ivory Coast offer to join squad for
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away like Moses did The Crystal Palace prodigy Wilfried Zaha has turned down the
Ivory Coast's invitation to join their...