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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From primary schools to the economy, end-of-year reasons to be cheerful

There is a political virtue we have practised – patience in the face of adversity

Shame on Iain Duncan Smith — he has presided over a system which has led to widespread hunger

His neglect of his duties has contributed to a scandal

A masked protestor holds a flag outside the Houses of Parliament during the Million Mask March

Voter patience is wearing thin – which spells danger ahead

As voter turnouts decline, so does the legitimacy of any new government

Theresa May has faced tough questions about how Fiona Woolf was appointed

After the debacle of the child abuse inquiry, Theresa May is turning to a new type of politics

The Home Secretary has demonstrated a very rare quality among Conservative ministers – empathy and bipartisanship

Party chairman Grant Shapps at the Tory conference

Nastiness thrives in Tory Britain but voters won’t put up with it any more

From refusing to help save drowning migrants to introducing harsh new rules for disability benefits, the Tories have gone too far

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

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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

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