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 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

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

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Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
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Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

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Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

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Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game