The Independent

The Independent is a British national morning newspaper published in London by Independent Print Limited, owned by Alexander Lebedev since 2010. Nicknamed the Indy, it was launched in 1986 and is one of the youngest UK national daily newspapers.

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Aaron Freedman

I write and report on political, social, and cultural issues that animate me. Born and raised New Yorker, …

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Martin Dunne

Local reporter, martial artist, music writer, film junkie, cider enthusiast.

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I am a highly adaptable writer who loves to create engaging, relatable and inspiring content. I specialise in …

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Harriet Hernando

Press officer, NCTJ qualified journalist, editor

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Latest Articles

Denise Johnson: Pioneering soul and dance singer with Primal Scream

Denise Johnson’s love affair with music began in an unorthodox way: through a fascination with yodelling. Her childhood home may have pulsed with her Jamaican mother’s reggae and soul records, but the first album she remembered was The Sound of Music soundtrack. In an interview with Louder than War in 2018, she said the song which intrigued her most as a kid was “The Lonely Goatherd”.
By Harriet Marsden
The Independent

Explained: How Uefa failed to uphold Man City's Champions League ban

Manchester City and Uefa have learned of the full reasoning in the judgment from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas). City were appealing against a ruling that found them guilty of breaching Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations by “disguising” cash injections from the ownership as sponsorship payments, specifically from Etisalat and Etihad. The case brought by European football’s governing body was ultimately thwarted by the time-barring of two key payments, and the lack of evidence...
By James Martin
The Independent

10 best natural cleaning products that actually work

Most of us have considered swapping our cleaning products for more natural or environmentally friendly alternatives, but it can be difficult to know where to start. There’s often a myth that natural products aren’t as tough on stains and dirt as the regular kind but that’s really not the case. “‘Natural’ doesn’t have to mean ‘ineffective,’“ advises Zoë Hughes MFHT, who runs Betwixt Therapy and delivers workshops in natural home cleaning. “Essential oils have been under the microscope (literall
By jenna farmer
The Independent

Dorothy Wakely: Intelligence officer who trained secret agents

When her children asked what she did in the war, Dorothy Wakely told them that she drove ambulances and chauffeured officers. But when her son Simon was about 11 or 12, rummaging around a storage unit, he came across her revolver and bullets. She told him: “Oh, that was mine during the war.” It was only then, he told the BBC’s Last Word, that he realised there was probably more to it.
By Harriet Marsden
The Independent

Opinion: The customer is not always right – the first rule for going back to work post-coronavirus

During the pandemic, I found myself back home from university and applying for a supermarket job. I thought it would get me out of the house – and my overdraft. Having already worked in a supermarket and a student bar, I also reckoned I’d had my fair share of customer experience, and how different could it be? I learned that while customer service comes with its stresses, regardless of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s a new experience to try to keep yourself and others safe, all the while keeping
By Katharine Smith
The Independent

Interrupting children and dodgy wifi: How to interview well from home and avoid disaster to interview well from home and avoid disaster

As the coronavirus pandemic shifts from a medical to a financial crisis, millions of people are now facing unemployment, with fears that one in seven workers will lose their jobs if a second wave of the virus hits. In fact, even if the virus is kept under control, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has predicted unemployment to hit 11.7 per cent, which would see around four million people in the UK out of work. Many people have already lost their jobs and when th
By Rebecca Goodman
The Independent

How to make yourself more employable if you’ve lost your job

The UK is opening up after the coronavirus lockdown but the financial impact of the virus, including the country facing its worst outlook for jobs for 30 years, and the economy contracting faster than after the 2008 financial crash, means the downturn is far from over. More than a quarter of workers are now on the government’s furlough scheme, with those in the leisure, retail, and hospitality sectors some of the worst affected. It has so far cost the Treasury around £20bn. Some will have alrea
By Rebecca Goodman
The Independent

How drug cartels are adapting to lockdowns around the world

Prying open a container in the port of Antwerp, Belgian customs officers were sure they were about to uncover a massive drugs bust: five tonnes of cocaine from South America was supposed to be inside. But when they pried it open, all they found was a pile of squid. The flummoxed officials discovered the cartels had been one step ahead, swapping out the illicit cargo upon arrival at port and before it could be checked by customs.
By Luke Taylor
The Independent

Opinion: Boris Johnson says migrant workers are 'welcome' but it's so hard to believe him

At a recent government briefing, Boris Johnson was asked by Italian journalist, Marco Varvello, about potential migrant workers hoping to come back to the UK. Commentators were quick to point out the irony that the Italian phrase, meaning “everyone welcome”, largely contradicted the anti-migrant stance Johnson had publicly taken since the 2016 Brexit referendum. Going back to December 2019, we saw Johnson and the Conservatives storm to an 80-seat majority off the back of a campaign built upon
By Jamie Beauvais
The Independent

Coronavirus could hit US economy by $15.7 trillion, Congressional Budget Office projects

The US economy’s gross domestic product (GDP) is predicted to be $15.7 trillion (£12.5 trillion) smaller over the next ten years, than previously predicted, due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). The agency announced on Monday that unless Congress attempts to mitigate the damage caused by the pandemic, the US economy will be severely hit over the long term, The Week reports. In a letter sent to Democratic senator Bernie Sanders and S
By James Crump
The Independent

Killer Mike, T.I. and Atlanta's Black Misleadership Class

The entire spectacle was a mishmash of scolding, empty political sloganeering, tone-deaf pleads for “peace” in response to systemic state violence, and the treachery of the Black misleadership class. In his 2018 article, Black Agenda Report executive editor Glen Ford defines this class as both an “actual and aspirational class of political forces” readily prepared to “sell out the interests of the overwhelmingly working class Black masses” for the sake of capitalist, corporate, or imperialist interests.
By Devyn Springer
The Independent

Lingerie buying guide: Everything you need to know about size, fit and style

As the first thing you put on each morning and the last thing you take off at night, lingerie is a big part of our wardrobes. The right set can make you feel more comfortable, confident and powerful – so why do so many of us find looking for lingerie so stressful?
By Chloë James
The Independent

Opinion: Think twice before spending thousands on a 'panic master's' – it's always better to do it for the right reason

It’s Christmas 2018 and I’m in the car, driving back to spend two weeks in my family home for the holidays. I have eight months until I graduate from my BA in philosophy, not a single job interview on the horizon and I am absolutely terrified. I turn to my mum and say: “You know, a lot of my friends are thinking about doing postgrad courses.” A short conversation, various scholarship applications and numerous part-time jobs later, I found myself moving to Cardiff to do a master’s in internatio
By Katharine Smith
The Independent

More than 100,000 cruise ship crew members stuck at sea

More than 100,000 cruise ship staff members are still stuck out at sea, due to the coronavirus pandemic crippling the tourism industry and governments not letting them return to land. The cruise ship industry stopped running in March, after multiple people contracted Covid-19 onboard various ships, and global travel was restricted by governments. This has left crew members stuck out at sea, with many of them not getting paid, despite being stranded on the ships away from their friends and fami
By James Crump
The Independent

Nearly a quarter of likely Republican voters think party should nominate someone other than Trump

A new poll has revealed that nearly a quarter of Republicans think that the party should nominate someone other than president Donald Trump as their 2020 presidential nominee. The poll, by Ramussen Reports, found that 23 per cent of likely Republican voters want the GOP to deny the president the chance of running for a second term, by nominating a different candidate. According to the organisation, who conduct surveys nationwide, 70 per cent said that Mr Trump should be the Republican candidat
By James Crump
The Independent

Budgets, bills and emergency savings: How to financially brace yourself for a coronavirus recession

The coronavirus pandemic has not only caused thousands of deaths, including more than 50,000 in the UK alone, but has also triggered a worldwide economic crisis, with rising unemployment, falling wages, and a slowdown of business. On 13 May, Office for National Statistics figures showed the UK economy contracted at its fastest pace since the 2008 financial crisis during the first quarter of 2020. We won’t know until the summer if the UK is officially in recession – technically classified as a
By Rebecca Goodman
The Independent

Watching ‘Normal People’ made me face up to how I felt about sex as a young woman

Like much of the country, I spent a few heavy days devouring the TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s bestselling book Normal People to the backdrop of a soft, rainy lockdown. Of course, I was enamoured by it but it tapped into a part of my psyche that I had buried a while back, partly out of pain and partly out of shame. Sex. For most women, our sexual history is something we guard closely. It’s something we share over wine with our friends, discuss in whispers with new lovers and awkwardly bumble
By Frankie Leach
The Independent

How the Kennedy family have been beset by tragedy for generations

Police in Maryland announced on Thursday that they have recovered the body of eight-year-old Gideon McKean, great-grandson of Robert F Kennedy, who went missing on a canoeing trip with his mother. Last week, 41-year-old Maeve Kennedy McKean, and her son Gideon, went missing whilst canoeing in the Chesapeake Bay area. Ms McKean’s body was recovered on Monday, nearly 2,000 feet from where her son’s body was found. The pair went missing after they embarked on a canoe trip, while self-isolating i
By James Crump
The Independent

People cannot define themselves as gender neutral on passports, court rules

A campaigner who wants passports to include a category for those who do not identify as male or female has lost a Court of Appeal challenge over gender neutral passports. Christie Elan-Cane, who wants passports to include an “X” category for such individuals, believes the current UK passport policy infringes the right to privacy. But senior judges dismissed the appeal, a decision Elan-Cane described as “devastating”. The campaigner, who has been fighting for legal and social recognition for n
By James Huyton
The Independent

Sting, Shakti and sex: The exhibition changing our understanding of tantra

A woman has her legs slung over the shoulders of a man, bent backwards like a stone comma. One of her feet is on the man’s headdress, while he rests his chin on her “yoni”. I’m hunkered down on my knees in a back room of the British Museum, staring at a carved depiction of oral sex. Not your typical Tuesday. My guide tells me that the statue is 11th century, possibly from the Elephanta cave temples near Mumbai, and came to the museum in 1865. It venerates the vulva, or the source of creation, s
By Harriet Marsden
The Independent

How travel is levelling the playing field for women

It’s the same old story: although at least 60 per cent of people working in the tourism industry are women, they rarely make it into leadership roles. But we’re harbouring an embarrassingly well-kept secret: as an industry, travel provides one of the best chances of levelling gender inequality worldwide.
By Catherine Roberts
The Independent

Why Ipswich deserves its place on TripAdvisor’s emerging destinations list

Call off the ski season and cancel Marbs because the algorithms have finally lost the plot: Ipswich, county capital of Suffolk, has been crowned king of destinations for 2020. That is to say, this sleepy historic town (no, we’re not a city) has somehow snuck its way onto TripAdvisor’s emerging destinations list for 2020 – the only UK entry to make the cut.
By Rachael Pells
The Independent

Pippi Longstocking turns 75: The legacy of Astrid Lindgren and the world’s strongest girl

She’s the strongest girl in the world. With her carrot-coloured pigtails, her striped mismatched socks and her freckles, she’s instantly recognisable. She’s a financially independent child, a reckless but compassionate anarchist with an intolerance for bullies. She’s a feminist role model who has inspired everyone from Michelle Obama to Lady Gaga, Madonna, Amy Poehler, Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
By Harriet Marsden
The Independent