Andreas Whittam Smith

Andreas Whittam Smith, CBE, 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. He continues to write for all Independent titles.

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Conservatives and Labour are both wrong about business

In outsourcing public services, Tories don't realise that private enterprise can be just as chaotic and disorganised

Anti-Tory protesters outside the National Gallery in London

Out of government, out of opposition? You better watch out, Labour

Some people think it will take it 10 years for the party to recover, which is plenty of time for a new progressive party to emerge

How I’ve backed the winner in every election for the last 56 years

So how will I vote this year? My mind is not yet made up

A protester holds a placard that reads 'Rent Control Now!' during a demonstration dubbed 'The March for Homes'

Ignore the whining – you can build a good case to support Miliband’s rent control

The objective is to regulate a market that has become a nightmare for millions

An Italian policeman stands guard as migrants eat while waiting at the port of Lampedusa to board a ferry bound for Porto Empedocle in Sicily. Authorities on the Italian island of Lampedusa struggled to cope with a huge influx of newly-arrived migrants as aid organisations warned the Libya crisis means thousands more could be on their way

The Conservatives' compassion deficit is clear in their statements on migrants in the Mediterranean

Unfortunately, traffickers don’t live round the corner from Downing Street

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

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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

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