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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A general view of Paris Jewels and Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Ltd store in London, Britain, 07 April 2015

Banks are capable of crimes far worse than heists

The Clydesdale Bank is being fined £20.7m for the serious failings in its handling of complaints about its mis-selling of payment protection insurance

Rupert Murdoch with Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks behind him in 2005. Next to Murdoch is Les Hinton, then NI chairman

Rupert Murdoch should have been on trial, not his hacks at The Sun

The journalists who were charged and acquitted were part of a culture where any story could be bought, but they didn’t invent it

FN party leader Marine Le Pen says the claims are ‘a smear’

Marine Le Pen’s big push is about to begin – and she’ll take more stopping than her father

When it comes to the 2017 election I hope the  French take fright again

Senior writer Peter Osborne criticised his paper’s minimal coverage of the tax evasion scandal

What do the charges Peter Oborne levels against the Telegraph tell us about the economics of newspapers?

At some publications, content is not always immune from commercial pressures

An Isis jihadist pictured standing on the rubble of houses after a Syrian warplane was reportedly shot down by Isis militants over the Syrian town of Raqa

Isis video: Publishing these images would not just be shocking, but a breach of moral responsibility

How Isis’s atrocities pose a dilemma for Western media

Labour leader Ed Miliband delivers a speech on his party's plans for the NHS, in Sale, on Tuesday

Why is Miliband fixating on the NHS when he’d be better off focusing on the wealth gap?

Inequality is the story to tell, and it can win Labour the election

John Chilcot announcing the terms of reference of his inquiry into the causes of the Iraq war in 2009

Chilcot: The public craves a full account that holds people responsible. Then healing can begin

Those affected by the Iraq war want a reckoning

Anti-Semitism in France: A prejudice that hardened in 1789 and which has come in waves ever since

Just look at how one  periodical described the country’s first Jewish prime minister

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

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Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
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‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

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Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own