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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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

Women bishops: Church of England still divided but now prepared to trust each other

The route out of the impasse was found in part through facilitated conversations, in which differences can be deeply explored and solutions sought

Brazil's head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari leads player Oscar off the pitch after the FIFA World Cup 2014 semi final match between Brazil and Germany at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

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Our leaders should show more dignity in defeat

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After Harris and Coulson, isn't it about time for a historic banking crime investigation?

After a string of unprecedented sex abuse and hacking trials, it would make sense

Rupert Murdoch and his ex-wife Wendi Deng

Rupert Murdoch should bear some responsibility for the crimes that the phone-hacking trial uncovered

The focus now turns to the man whose company owned the News of the World

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Blair discusses what to do about Iraq with Mr Bush at the president's ranch in Crawford, Texas; April 6 2002

The truth will out about Blair and Iraq, whatever the Chilcot Inquiry ends up telling us

The families of the soldiers who died need to know if there was a worthy cause behind the war

The Independent has seen evidence of more than 60 EU nationals on the electoral roll being denied the chance to vote in the European elections

Here’s what we should do about political disengagement

If the parties want people to feel closer to politics, they should speak to their concerns – and bring them closer to the process

The success of Hinchingbrooke Hospital shows when the state should welcome the private sector - and when it shouldn't

What quality does Circle have that the big outsourcing companies do not?

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