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.
Figures show rapid growth of property gap with first-time buyers
priced out in South It is not so much a divide as a gaping chasm. The growing
disparity between house prices in London and the South- east and
those in the rest of the United Kingdom was...
THE WAY I SEE IT Peter Schmeichel tells us that the football family should come
together in aid of Paul Gascoigne. Sadly it might already be too
late for Gazza, a frail psyche married to a talent arguably as great
as any England have produced in the...
Roberto Mancini is supposed to do exasperation at the Etihad
Stadium. Often he appears to have the exclusive contract and who,
anyway, can do it quite like him? On this occasion, though, he
surely had to defer to the body language of Sergio Aguero's...
Lawyers fear victim was coerced as regime is accused of brutalityWhen disturbing video footage emerged of a naked man being beaten
by riot police as he lay cowering on the roadside on Friday night,
many Egyptians compared the scenes to the worst abuses...
LEADING ARTICLE The concentration of wealth - and property wealth in particular -
in Britain's south-eastern corner is hardly a new phenomenon. In the
aftermath of the financial crisis, however, the gap between London
and the rest has widened further...
WEST BROMWICH ALBION 0 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1 Bale 67 At the club that has almost run out of available strikers, it is
some consolation that, in Gareth Bale, Tottenham Hotspur have the
man who can do it all.Some days you just have to sit back and admire...
News of senior staff departures comes as chief executive faces
grilling by MPs Chris Lucas is to quit Barclays after nearly six years as finance
director at the bank.His departure comes as Barclays' new chief executive Antony
Jenkins is battling to move...
A gay marriage bill which profoundly divides France crept through
parliament yesterday in the face of thousands of wrecking
amendments.The national assembly, which sat through the weekend for the
first time in 15 years, is to meet night and day to complete...
Inequality Perverse, cruel, self-defeating, unjust: these terms could
legitimately be used to describe a whole raft of government
policies. But consider this leading contender on all four counts:
the so-called "bedroom tax", due to be imposed from April....
Conservationists voice concern as environmental policy faces
massive shake-up Britain's countryside and wildlife face a looming "perfect storm"
of threats to environmental protection, conservationists warned last
night.The threats are headed by the possibility...
A formal investigation into the conduct of two of Michael Gove's
special advisers was demanded yesterday following anonymous smears
of the Education Secretary's opponents on the social networking site
Twitter,Stephen Twigg, Labour's education spokesman,...
CHAMPIONSHIP Debutant signs up to Cardiff team ethic as he seeks
to prove himself in title chasing team Fraizer Campbell was so excited by the prospect of making his
Cardiff City debut against Leeds that he was up at 7am on Saturday
morning. The early...
All eyes are on Chile to see if former world No 1 can return to
his best after the longest lay-off of an injury-hit career, writes
Paul Newman The Chile Open at Via del Mar is on the lowest tier of
tournaments on the men's circuit, offering just 250...
Andy Carroll's West Ham United career starts now. With 13 games
left this season Carroll, finally fit, can focus on playing and
scoring for the team to whom he is on loan, and where he could well
move permanently in the summer - if he enjoys himself.If...
Sprint king undeterred by sandstorms as he continues to settle
into his Belgian team Mark Cavendish came within a whisker of securing his highest
profile win of 2013 to date in the Tour of Qatar yesterday when he
pounded across the finishing line on...
Naval officer and witness at the 'Marchioness' inquiry On a balmy August evening in 1989, the Thames pleasure boat
Marchioness was involved in a collision with a river tug. Joyous and
dancing teenagers were plunged into the water; many drowned. After
The February problemThe solution to this, the regular competition problem for The
Independent set on the first Monday of each month, should be sent to
Jim Grevatt of the British Chess Problem Society at Lazybed, Headley
Fields, Headley, Hants GU35 8PS...
The outgoing US defence secretary has admitted that intelligence
obtained using enhanced interrogation techniques or torture was used
to "put together the puzzle" that led the American military to Osama
bin Laden's compound in Pakistan.Zero Dark Thirty,...
MANCHESTER CITY 2 Dzeko 23, Aguero 78 LIVERPOOL 2 Sturridge 29,
Gerrard 73 The way they clinched the championship means that there will
always be hope of retaining it but Manchester City had better start
rummaging around for the keys to the trophy cabinet....
We tend to picture Oscar winners in their moment of glory, waving
the gold statue in triumph, giving the long-practised speech, at the
top of their game. The world is now theirs, the thinking goes,
whatever they want they will get.The truth, as screenwriter...
Fellow ex-serviceman charged with murder of Chris Kyle, who
claimed 160 Iraqi lives A man has been charged with the murder of a former sniper and US
Navy Seal who was shot dead at point-blank range in Texas at the
weekend.Chris Kyle, who documented his...
There is always a need, even a duty perhaps, to wait and see with
England. They are, we have to remember, historically susceptible to
a bad case of hubris.It can hit them as hard as some flanker half-crazed by the smell
of their blood, and anyone who...
For the second year running, England internationals Matt Prior
and Ravi Bopara failed to attract any bids at the player auction for
the Indian Premier League.The duo, who were the only two England players represented in the
auction, were both ignored,...
When Jonny Wilkinson split the posts in Sydney ten years ago he
did more than send England to the summit of world rugby, he hung a
ball and chain around the necks of every fly-half asked to fill
those gilded boots. Could it be a decade later that Owen...
THE LONG VIEW "Then I crushed it and ground it to powder as fine as dust" -
exactly, I imagine, what the Islamic zealots were thinking as they
trashed ancient manuscripts in Timbuktu last week.Or indeed what the Taliban's munitions men had in mind when...
Media Studies When Tony Hall sets foot inside the BBC again next month he will
set in train a fundamental cultural shift in the organisation.During Hall's time running the Royal Opera House he built bridges
and made alliances. He learned the value of...
ECONOMIC OUTLOOK The horrid latest gross domestic product (GDP) numbers inevitably
resulted in the Coalition coming under pressure from all sides to do
something to get the economy moving. Some on the right, such as
Allister Heath from City AM, have...
How curious that a book about frozen food should be one of the
most enthralling studies of gastronomy ever published. Birds Eye
does not get a mention. This is the story of the food that sustained
or, often, failed to sustain adventurers in the deep...
Sturridge also in doubt for Wembley friendly as Gerrard awarded
England player of year Roy Hodgson lost Jermain Defoe and Michael Carrick to injury
yesterday ahead of England's friendly against Brazil on Wednesday
with Daniel Sturridge another major...
Suicide bombers killed at least 16 people outside the police
headquarters in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk yesterday in the
third such attack in the region in recent weeks.A vehicle painted to resemble a police car and packed with
The only woman in charge of a major label, Andria Vidler tells
Adam Sherwin how she's turning EMI around In a cut-throat music industry, where even the biggest stars
nervously await their weekly chart position, Andria Vidler expounds
a heretical philosophy."Being...
VIEW FROM THE SOFA Rock 'n' Roll Football Absolute Radio Stan Collymore, the prolific tweeter of talkSPORT, last week
wrote a blog on the supposed snobbery of football journalism. His
main bone of contention was that players-turned-pundits such as...
APPRECIATION Remember the Doodle Master, later renamed the Etch A Sketch? A
red box with a silver screen and two white knobs. You twiddled the
left-hand knob and a vertical line appeared: the right, and the line
- there was only the one line - moved...
Andrew Mitchell, the former Government Chief Whip at the centre
of the "plebgate" scandal, will tonight accuse Downing Street
officials of covering-up evidence showing he did not abuse police.The 56-year-old Conservative MP was forced to resign in October,
TALKING FOOTBALL There is plenty for the Football Association to concern itself
about when it comes to the thorny issue of Ashley Cole earning his
100th cap for England on Wednesday night. Will he play ball and
speak to the media about it? Will he crack...
Rickie Lambert will be 31 a week on Saturday. He has spent all
but the last six months of his career in the lower divisions, but
after scoring his 11th goal of the Premier League season for
Southampton in their 2-2 draw at Wigan, he says he is disappointed
Crushing victory over Scots leaves England coach with difficult
decisions to make "If it looks like a pig, it's a pig," remarked Scott Johnson, the
Scotland coach, after a heavy Calcutta Cup defeat that sent his side
spiralling back in time towards the...
"And God said: Let there be light and there was." Modern artists
have long since thrown over the idea of God, of course, So have they
of the heavens being the source of all light. With the invention of
electricity, the development of the fluorescent...
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini last night hit out at
Liverpool and the match officials for failing to stop play after a
Daniel Agger foul in the potentially pivotal incident of the game
which saw his club drop a further two points behind Manchester
Diplomat who negotiated with the Soviet Union on nuclear arms
reduction Nothing delighted Max Kampelman more than the description of him
once offered by Izvestia. He was, according to the former Soviet
newspaper, "a friend of animals and an enemy of...
AFRICA NATIONS CUP IVORY COAST 1 Tiote 50 NIGERIA 2 Emenike 43,
Mba 78 A goal from Sunday Mba helped Nigeria shock pre-tournament
favourites Ivory Coast and set up an Africa Cup of Nations semi-
final against Mali on Wednesday.Mba's deflected shot 12...
The protracted 1.1bn legal battle over three of London's most
exclusive hotels resumes tomorrow as Belfast developer Paddy
McKillen prepares to cross swords again in court with the
billionaire Barclay brothers.The row over Claridge's, the Berkeley and...
The number of women suspected of being trafficked to perform
housework in embassies and private houses in Britain has increased
amid warnings that vulnerable workers have been denied an escape
route from domestic servitude by new immigration rules.Victims...
Rafael Benitez increasingly bears the look of a man who must
borrow some more borrowed time. It always seemed what his Chelsea
career would live on, barring a miracle. But there has not been one.Bad managerial appointments (and dismissals) can take football
A new label from John Lewis brings contemporary clothing for men,
women and children together - perfect for the family who shop
together. By Rebecca Gonsalves It's something of an understatement to say that certain sections
of the high street have been...
Health chiefs fear over-reaction by ministers after report into
failings at Stafford Hospital Senior NHS leaders have warned ministers not to impose "excessive
inspection or micromanagement" on hospitals that could be counter-
productive in the wake...
Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller were the last to do it
when they alternated as Frankenstein and the monster at the
National. Now Kristin Scott Thomas and Lia Williams continue the
long and honourable theatrical tradition of the role-swap in...
In Deborah Colker's danced version of the Eugene Onegin story,
multiple Tatyanas yearn for half a dozen Onegins, while scrambling
over the branches of a giant tree. The acrobatics often blur the
ideas. Colker's dancers are fearless, but the risks aren't...
Just because a favourite triumphs unchallenged at long odds-on by
an extreme distance in a small field, it does not mean any lack of
excitement. Such a spectacle, as those who followed Frankel last
year on the Flat can testify, can be a thrill in itself....
British Museum show joins growing trend for major exhibitions to
be streamed in cinemas Live streaming in cinemas has been one of the great arts success
stories of recent years. From Puccini's La Bohme at the Royal Opera
House to the National Theatre's...
Steve Clarke, the West Bromwich Albion manager, was scathing
yesterday about the behaviour of his full-back, Goran Popov, who was
sent off for spitting at Kyle Walker in the 1-0 defeat to Tottenham,
that came at the end of a week the Midlands club will...
The price to save a season looked remarkably cheap on Saturday
night, by which time Moussa Sissoko had made an early mark on the
hearts of Newcastle supporters.Alan Pardew called the powerful midfielder "a force of football".
It was a nice soundbite...
Chris Grayling In Hard Times, Charles Dickens' bitterly sardonic fable for his
times, the northern milltown teacher Mr Gradgrind insists his
charges must not dwell on "wonder", only on fact. "Now, what I want
is, Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing...
THE WEEK AHEAD TodayInvestors in online-poker specialist 888 Holdings will be hoping
for a strong update today.Peel Hunt's Nick Batram thinks it is on track to come in ahead of
forecasts for its full year in March.Analysts think 888 Holdings' foray into...
FASHION STATEMENT WITH HARRIET WALKER Once the red-carpet season gets underway, we become used to
seeing the stars all dolled up, as if that's what they look like
when they eat breakfast or pop out to the shops.Couture gowns and trailing skirts are the...
Queen's Park Rangers' manager and chairman, Harry Redknapp and
Tony Fernandes, went on the defensive yesterday to justify the
club's transfer window spending. Both insisted the club's future was
not being placed in jeopardy even should the relegation...
Archaeology Scientists have offered a tantalising glimpse of the skull that
may be that of King Richard III. The image of the skull, right, was
released yesterday by the University of Leicester ahead of a "major
announcement" detailing results of extensive...
Paul Imison in Mexico City reveals how desperate migrants in
search of a new life are falling into the clutches of ruthless drugs
gangs Every day, as many as 1,500 migrants alight from the notorious
freight train known as La Bestia ("The Beast") as it...
Osborne ready to protect savers by breaking up banks Customers will have the right to switch their bank account to a
rival firm within a week under sweeping plans to reform the industry
to be announced by George Osborne today.The Chancellor is also expected...
Picture this scenario. England score four goals in beating Brazil
and even have the luxury of missing two penalties. It sounds like
the storyline for a video game, yet it happened when the countries
first met in 1956.Colin Grainger, who scored twice...
Rugged full-back for 1950s Arsenal Stan Charlton was essentially an amiable fellow, splendid company
in all circumstances except one. That was if you happened to be a
winger detailed to confront the muscular Devonian as he plied his
honest trade as a...
Reasonably priced, well-made and commercial - is Swedish style
having its own Ikea moment? Harriet Walker visits its fashion week
to find out As the snow melts and re-freezes and Stockholm turns its eyes to
the autumn 2013 catwalk shows, it's easy to...
Saving the Sussex woodland is worth a brush with the law, the
activist tells Charlotte Philby She is the most famous soldier in the new Battle of Hastings.
Natalie Hynde, the daughter of The Pretenders' singer Chrissie Hynde
and The Kinks' Ray Davies,...
Nature As the wintry weather transforms the suburban garden into the
blasted heath in King Lear, spare a thought for the poor birds whose
natural sources of food have been snowed on, iced up, rained away or
blown to buggery. You might think of leaving...
Health care Listeners welled up when the Labour MP Ann Clwyd described on
Radio 4 how her beloved husband, Owen Roberts, had caught pneumonia,
was treated in a Welsh hospital like a "battery hen", neglected,
left to breathe through an oxygen mask which...
LEADING ARTICLE Given the often-times fractious relationship between Google and
the Chinese government, it appears commercially unwise for the
search giant's chairman to accuse Beijing of being both the world's
most active internet censor and its "most...
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Ripper Street has been growing on me a little, after a first
impression that its version of Victorian London was a bit cut-and-
paste and cardboard theatre. It's thickening up quite nicely and
it's partly the plot that has done the thickening, the cornstarch...
Cameron struggling to secure support of majority of his party Dozens of wavering Conservative MPs, including some cabinet
ministers, were facing intense pressure last night to put aside
their reservations and back the Government's Bill to legalise gay
MATTHEW NORMAN ON MONDAY A day before the big vote, perplexity grips lovable cabinet chump
Chris Grayling. A lively sabbath for the Injustice Secretary
revealed that he doesn't know if he's Arthur or Martha on two penal
fronts.While The Independent on...
"Any special ladies in the house tonight?" asks the saucy R&B
star. He's met with a filling-shattering wail from the predominantly
female crowd who can't get enough of this artist's "thang".
Everythang's a "thang" in Trey Songz's world, a place where
Fulham manager tips his Dutch compatriot to finish the season as
top scorer once again When the summer transfer window closed, Fulham's manager Martin
Jol was left bitterly frustrated at having lost two key players,
Clint Dempsey and Mousa Dembele,...
The fashion bible is putting on festivals and has set up its own
school of style. It's got designs on all of us, says Gillian Orr If you were one of the 3,000 people who attended Vogue Festival
in London last year, you would have been privy to hearing...
From the Grand Slam to the grand slump. Ten months on from the
champagne moment of Alex Cuthbert's Slam-dunk try against France in
Cardiff, the Welsh glass is not so much half full or half empty as
half shattered.From the moment the unfortunate Cuthbert...
SMALL TALK The emails began arriving within minutes of the announcement by
the Financial Services Authority that tens of thousands of small
businesses have been mis-sold interest-rate swaps by the banks.
Within half an hour, no fewer than six "claims...
Arsene Wenger knows only too well the criticism that has come his
club's way for their transfer market dealings so he feels he
deserves praise for his quick deadline day capture of Spanish full-
back Nacho Monreal from Malaga, and the Arsenal manager...
As Brazil head to Wembley for the FA's 150th birthday, biographer
David Miller remembers how Stanley Matthews led England to victory
in first meeting in 1956 We can, enjoyably, argue about almost anything in football -
players, coaches, referees, goals,...
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WARRINGTON 40 CASTLEFORD 24 Warrington might be the least-changed team in Super League, but
they showed in a first-half demolition of Castleford exactly why
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Yoshikazu Jumei rarely gives piano recitals in the West. Opening
with Brahms's Variations on an Original Theme, Opus 21 No 1, he
brought out the bass sonorities with a suitably weighty touch and,
trading on the angular ruggedness of the harmonies, let...
England be warned. The national team has been left bamboozled by
a party trick from a green-shirted No 11 on Irish soil before.True, on that occasion it was the English football XI and it was
on Northern Irish soil - at Windsor Park in Belfast in 1971....