Andreas Whittam Smith

Andreas Whittam Smith was a financial journalist until 1985 when he led the team that founded The Independent. The paper’s first editor (1986-1994), he has subsequently been the president of the British Board of Film Classification (1998-2002) and chairman of the Financial Ombudsman Service (1998-2003). He is currently First Church Estates Commissioner responsible for £5bn of the Church's investments, and chairman of the Children's Mutual.

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The Pope and his Vatican gathering received a lesson on the importance of sex in a relationship on Monday

This Pope is full of questions, especially about the church's treatment of gay men and women

For the first time in its history, the Church is starting to slightly relax its attitude to homosexuality

Inside the WikiHouse, which has been made at the fraction of the cost of a normal house

WikiHouse 4.0 is a sign that we have entered the Third Industrial Revolution

What might a build-your-own home movement eventually do to the building industry?

Chancellor George Osborne got a standing ovation from the Tories for a package of tough measures

The Conservative party would have us believe that the poor deserve to be punished

This week the Tories have proven once again that they are completely lacking in compassion

The Tesco crisis, and other scandals that really shocked me

I've heard of few financial announcements that have astonished me on this scale

An EA-18G Growler takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington

Syria air strikes: For all Isis’s undoubted evil, I say No to UK air strikes

The moral argument does not trump all other considerations

With a record turnout forecast, Thursday's poll will be unlike any election Scotland, or anywhere else in the UK, has experienced

Scottish independence: There's been as much hatred as hope. But this is democracy at its best

If Scotland votes yes, it would be one of the UK's greatest shows of political engagement

First Minister Alex Salmond, with Scots and other European citizens, supporting the 'Yes' vote in Glasgow

An independent Scotland could end up strengthening the United Kingdom

As long as the right lessons are learnt

Ukrainian servicemen ride in an armoured vehicle as the country's Defence Minister accuses Russia of starting a 'great war'

From what we know of Putin, it’s clear that Nato’s best option is to press on

We might find that, after all, no ceasefire had been brokered

George Osborne

Blowing your pension was never a very sensible idea

And now George Osborne has a plan to help us avoid doing that

Michael Gove and David Cameron during a meeting on education in 2012

Who are you trying to kid, Mr Cameron?

Little that the Prime Minister says about the reshuffle bears scrutiny

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Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker