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.
As the world looked on in horror at the savage shootings in the
hilly Newtown community of Sandy Hook on 14 December, Robyn Griggs-
Johnson was in the living room of her family home in Grand Rapids,
Michigan.It was late in the day, hours after Adam Lanza...
Campaigner for internet freedom Aaron Swartz was a campaigner for internet freedom and a software
developer who made an enormous impact during his 26 short years on
the planet. His campaigning work and direct action for freedom of
information had led...
The head of Boeing's bitter rival, Airbus, has backed the safety
standards of the US aircraft manufacturer despite the grounding of
Dreamliners due to fire fears over their batteries.At Airbus's annual results in Toulouse yesterday, its chief
LEADING ARTICLE The grounding of the entire fleet of Boeing 787s - the flagship
Dreamliner - is a move that the world's leading airline manufacturer
had little choice over given the defects in it that have come to
light. The flying public needed that...
INVESTMENT VIEW With a number of trading statements now in, it seems the nation's
pub companies had a rather merry Christmas. Sales have done well,
even in austerity Britain. Some of the better-run businesses in the
sector have been suggesting they have...
US Politics What a difference four years make. When Barack Obama delivers his
second inaugural address, as he will on the Washington Mall on
Monday, he will do so confident that he is hitting the ground
running. Not only is his new top team already...
Human rights reformer who helped draft Japan's constitution Beate Sirota Gordon lived enough lives to beggar belief. Fluent
in English, German, French, Japanese and Russian, she was a linguist
who shaped 20th-century history. As an influencer, midwife...
Roots was never like this. But then did we really expect a slave
epic by Quentin Tarantino to be anything other than, well, Tarantino-
esque? Django Unchained is a film about exploitation and brutality
in the antebellum South, brimful of those signature...
Fifty of the world's most advanced and expensive flying machines
are standing idle after America's Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) issued an order grounding the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. It issued
an Emergency Airworthiness Directive "to prevent damage...
Government dismay after Algerian forces attack Islamists at BP
gas plant Prime Minister warns of 'difficult news' after Algerians
claim success Thirty hostages, including two Britons, were reported killed when
Algerian forces defied international pleas...
David Cameron is to warn that the British people will "drift
towards the exit" of the European Union unless the EU is reformed.The warning will be included in the speech on the UK's
relationship with the EU, which the Prime Minister was due to make
New Barclays boss Antony Jenkins wants the bank to clean up its
act, but James Moore asks if anything will really change Clean up or clear off. That was the message sent to more than
140,000 employees at Barclays, from the lowliest tellers in its
Now that Pep Guardiola has spurned Chelsea's advances, Glenn
Moore looks at the contenders Roman Abramovich has in mind to fill
the Stamford Bridge hot seat RAFA BENITEZFOR The man in place, so he will know the problems confronting
the club and has already...
RACING The weather is threatening the hottest jumper in Britain with
cold storage - an inspection at Ascot this afternoon will determine
prospects for Sprinter Sacre's scheduled Cheltenham Festival warm-
up tomorrow - but one rising star did manage another...
Scientist warns that local authority cuts have led to fewer lab
tests on food samples The number of trained local scientists who check food safety in
Britain has halved in a decade, increasing the chances that Britain
will see a repeat of the horse meat...
The shooting of Aslan Usoyan outside his favourite restaurant has
stoked fears of gangland reprisals The audacious daylight shooting of a Russian mafia boss in
central Moscow has stoked fears of further score-settling and a
return to the bloody gangland...
European investment lifts despair at studios endangered by
funding cuts The global success of productions such as The Red Riding Trilogy,
The Damned United and This Is England helped earn Yorkshire the
nickname Celluloid Dale. Yet just two years ago...
What's for supper? INGREDIENTS TO SERVE 4For the beef stock2kg beef bones (I use knuckle)1 carrot, roughly chopped1 onion, halved2 celery sticks, roughly chopped1 bay leafA handful of fresh thyme sprigs1 teaspoon black peppercorns4 juniper berriesFor...
Wolves stalwart of the 1950s and '60s Stan Cullis, the martinet manager who moulded Wolverhampton
Wanderers into one of the dominant football forces in the land
during the decade and a half after the war, demanded of his
defenders that they be stout...
A 14-year-old girl who was allegedly beaten and repeatedly raped
by a member of a child sex trafficking ring was persuaded to drop
her police complaint by another girl who was "seeing" her attacker,
a court heard yesterday.The jury in the trial of nine...
Hogget, mutton, slow-grown pork and chickens the size of turkeys -
it's time to rediscover the intense flavour and succulence of more
mature meats, says Anthea Gerrie You are a two-Michelin-star chef who has invited several others
to celebrate the success...
The Treasury is attempting to water down plans to give tax breaks
and "free" state-funded hours of childcare to millions of working
families.The proposals were due to be announced as part of the
Government's mid-term review and help off-set criticism...
The pilot who died when his helicopter crashed in London on
Wednesday, killing another man on the ground, may have been trying
to switch frequency on his communications radio when the aircraft
collided with a crane during the morning rush hour.Aviation...
As Armstrong chats to talk show queen, Simon Turnbull recalls
disgraced sprinter Marion Jones' appearance - a whitewash that did
nothing to save her reputation What now for Lance Armstrong after his opening night at the
Oprah? Of course, the Tour de...
Briton has always had talent but win over Kvitova shows she has
gained a hard edge Laura Robson called it "an ugly match" but in years to come she
will surely view it as a beautiful memory. The 18-year-old Briton's
2-6, 6-3, 11-9 victory here yesterday...
Kim Sengupta joins the French and Malian forces under fire at the
strategic river crossing of Markala The first burst of the firefight was intense as the Islamists
opened up with their Kalashnikovs and charged across open ground
with little cover. They...
My life in food... Prue Leith After beginning her career cooking lunches in a cupboard at
solicitors McKenna and Partners, Leith opened her own catering
business, followed in short order by a restaurant and then her
cookery school, Leith's School of...
Yes, he is pretty special, writes Pete Jenson, but Guardiola has
achieved so much by the age of 42 that anything less than immediate
and stunning success at Bayern Munich will be viewed as a failure When asked about Pep Guardiola and Bayern Munich, his...
Rationally speaking, it's crazy to play the lottery - but 60 per
cent of us do it anyway. So why don't we stop? And will Camelot's
price rise change anything? Simon Usborne crunches the numbers Beyond the hope, marketing and the rational realisation...
One day someone will take away BBC4 and there will fall across
the land a mighty lamentation, even though relatively few people
watch it now and we all pretty much take it for granted. BBC4's
problem - and this is by way of a confession - is that its
Nudity Series two of the much-talked-about HBO TV show Girls has begun
airing in the US and UK, bringing with it a palaver surrounding
creator Lena Dunham's body. American shock-jock Howard Stern
declared that being subjected to a "little fat girl" naked...
COMMENT It wasn't a bright idea on the part of Luis Suarez to tell the
Argentinian media that the theatrics which drew the wrath of Stoke
City's manager, Tony Pulis, and then the staunchest defence of his
man by Brendan Rodgers were a dive after all....
From bright lamps to nifty vacuum cleaners, the latest household
appliances don't even need to be connected to the mains. Barbara
Chandler pulls the plug on clunky gadgets Pull the plug on old-school home gadgets that require mains
power. The latest...
Malawi hits out at star's claim her charity built 10 new schools Madonna's charitable endeavours were dealt another blow yesterday
when Malawi's Education Minister flatly denied the pop star's claims
that her charity had built 10 new schools in the country.In...
WORLD VIEW To listen to some of the comment on the seizure of Western
hostages in eastern Algeria, you'd have thought that the world now
faces a global threat from a revived al-Qa'ida that stretches right
across Africa from Somalia in the east to Nigeria...
One of the two Luqman brothers being hunted in Pakistan for
defrauding Barclays Bank out of 100m has been jailed for seven-and-
a-half years in his absence.A jury at Manchester Crown Court on 16 June convicted Waheed
Luqman, 39, of fraud and false accounting...
British No 1 insists the focus on his physique is misplaced
despite his intense fitness regime There is one major question about Andy Murray that appears to be
dominating some sections of the media here at the Australian Open.It is not whether he is...
England winger has grown to become very close to the finished
article since he lit up Old Trafford 13 months ago in League Cup I'll never forget the day, walking off the Crystal Palace
training ground in Beckenham, having witnessed Victor Moses
V/H/S (18)Adam Wingard, David Bruckner, Ti West, Glenn McQuaid, Joe
Swanberg, Radio Silence, 116minsStarring: Calvin Reeder, Lane Hughes**The "found footage" horror movie is living on borrowed time,
though V/H/S is refusing to let it die. A portmanteau...
At the grand old age of 26, Polly Stenham is back at the Royal
Court with a play that - almost to the point of self-parody at times
- works variations on themes she developed in That Face, her
precocious debut, and its follow-up Tusk Tusk. Once again,...
A trio of high-profile sport stars joined the line-up for the
first big poker happening of 2013, the PokerStars Caribbean
Adventure at the Atlantis Casino, Bahamas that ended on Monday.
Their adventures in the $10,000 main event lasted a couple of days,
Secret inquiry into paedophile ring ends in criminal
investigation Scotland Yard launched an investigation last night into
allegations that Tory politicians were members of a paedophile ring
which abused children in care in the 1980s.Operation Fernbridge...
There was a time when driving a motor vehicle covered in Union
Flags under Berlin's Brandenburg Gate might not have been considered
an act of diplomacy. Indeed that time might very well still be now.
But such was the fashion in which Britain's new trade...
OUTLOOK Is it time to stock up on shotguns, baked beans and bottled
water, and prepare to ride out the coming apocalypse? Efforts to
salvage growth by printing hundreds of billions of pounds have
raised hackles among plenty of experts worried about rampant
With train fares rising it makes sense to move closer into town
and cycle to work. David Spittles finds homes on the edge of the
West End, City and Canary Wharf for less than you might think Fare rises of up to an inflation-busting 10 per cent are a
SPOTLIGHT ON... The dude who got Gangnam Style stuck in my head for a month?No, that's Psy. PY Gerbeau - it stands for Pierre-Yves, but he's
known in the red tops as the Gerbil - is the French entrepreneur who
rescued the reputation of the Millennium...
RUGBY UNION Harlequins were truly blessed by the draw for this season's
Heineken Cup pool stage - Connacht, the weakest of the Irish teams,
and the Italian side Zebre, the weakest team in Christendom, were
opponents of which dreams are made. However,...
Pounds 8.7bn writedowns blow but hopes are voiced of a 'hard-
nosed' era for miner Rio Tinto's shareholders have welcomed the promotion of Sam
Walsh, the miner's iron ore chief executive, to the top job
following the sudden resignation yesterday of Tom...
'I never gave up,' says young Briton after gutsy, three-hour win
over world No 8 Kvitova at Australian Open TENNIS 'This was probably
my toughest win. It was ugly' If there were any remaining doubts about Laura Robson's status as
the most exciting young...
The DIARY Jonathan Ross, not normally coy, was in no mood to talk when
contacted about a rumour he is interested in a rescue bid for HMV.
"Some people I know are talking about it. I am not directly
involved. I can't say more than that," he replied.He...
GOLF Disappointing opening round in new colours leaves world No 1
in danger of missing cut Before the ball flight instructs whether a golf shot is good or
bad, the sound at impact lets you know. His tee shot at the last
echoed to the sweet thwack of...
Thousands of sick or disabled people have died after undergoing
assessments to find out whether they were fit to work, the House of
Commons was told yesterday.Atos Healthcare, the firm contracted to carry out work capability
assessment tests for the...
Some artists know who they are from the start; others make art
from figuring it out. The process of definition must be made a
little more tricky, though, by being the younger sibling of probably
the world's biggest pop star.Solange Knowles, little sister...
Tottenham Hotspur are planning how to face the rest of the season
without their key Brazil midfielder Sandro following his knee
surgery on Wednesday. The player himself revealed the severity of
the injury immediately afterwards by tweeting: "Sorry guys,...
CYCLING The route of the Tour de France's detour to Britain next year has
been unveiled with two tough opening stages around the hills of
Yorkshire before a scenic finale in London, where it will seek to
tap into the capital's Olympic enthusiasm with...
LEADING ARTICLE The UK Independence Party has added a clock to its website to
count down the days until 1 January 2014, when controls expire on
immigration from Romania and Bulgaria, the two newest EU member
states. It is a shameless piece of scaremongering...
Liverpool manager risks alienating star forward after
disciplining him for 'falling' to win penalty Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has taken a calculated risk
with this season's single world-class Anfield player, Luis Suarez,
by censuring and disciplining...
Buoyant demand for tablet devices powered better-than-expected
sales at Dixons Retail's Currys and Home Retail's Argos over
Christmas, but neither group sees any improvement in UK consumer
spending in the year ahead.Dixons enjoyed an "uplift" in sales...
No more knives, so long scales: this bit of kit weighs, chops,
cooks and washes itself up. No wonder top chefs are fans. Lisa
Markwell puts a Thermomix through its paces Need another gadget? If you read John Walsh's feature a few weeks
ago on these pages...
One of the brightest young talents in American sport, Manti Te'o
broke fans' hearts with the sad tale of his girlfriend's death.
There's one problem: she never really existed. Rupert Cornwell
reports It was enough to melt the heart of the most cynical...
Gambling It is not a good moment to scoff at the vulnerable. The weather
is freezing, the economy miserable, jobs are being lost and for many
a tax deadline is looming. All the same, when Lottery addicts - who
are as vulnerable to false hope as anyone...
COMMENT "Take but degree away, untune that string, and hark what discord
follows." This Jacobean plea for stability should be ringing in our
ears as we watch the latest manifestation of instability in the
Middle East/North Africa (Mena), this time in...
Algeria has a long history of being as brutal with captives as
their captors ANALYSIS The Algerian army, we were told by the usual suspects yesterday
afternoon - on French television as well as in America - "are not
soft on terrorists" and had "expertise"...
Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of the Turkish
city of Diyarbakr yesterday for the funerals of three female Kurdish
activists shot dead in Paris last week."The martyrs' path is our path," the crowds chanted as the three
coffins were paraded...
VIEW FROM THE MIDDLE Today, readers, I am a frustrated golfer. A bunch of us tried to
escape the team hotel here in Ranchi - not an easy task, given that
fans are camped outside round the clock - for a nice relaxing 18
holes. But it turned out that the...
NOTEBOOK Although I like to think my largely trouble-free teens were due
to my innate sense of right and wrong, and, above all, managing not
to get caught, my parents attribute it to my not wanting to upset my
grandparents, to whom I was very close....
Manchester United have taken the young Leicester City attacker
Jeff Schlupp on trial with a view to signing him on a permanent
deal.But fresh doubts have been cast over the career of Darren
Fletcher, the United midfielder, after he was ruled out for...
MARKET REPORT It was a day of two halves yesterday. Pessimists were toppled by
bullish traders in the afternoon, and the benchmark index hit its
highest point since May 2008, taking it back to the level last seen
before the collapse of Lehman Brothers....
Travel The online encyclopaedia has launched a user-edited travel
guide. So does that spell curtains for Lonely Planet and Co? Will
Coldwell finds out This week the Wikimedia Foundation launched its latest open
source enterprise; Wiki-voyage, "a free...
SKETCH It was day two of the horse burger crisis, and the Secretary of
State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs was not to be seen in
Parliament. When Labour's agriculture spokesman Mary Creagh last
dragged ministers to the House - to discuss the...
Arsenal midfielder's drive and determination drawing comparisons
with Liverpool captain It is initially easy to criticise Arsenal's over-reliance on and
overuse of Jack Wilshere, but rather harder when you watch him play.Less than three months after...