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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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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Michael Gove and David Cameron during a meeting on education in 2012

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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

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Mess up, and own up — The lesson from leading sportsmen that politicians would do well to heed

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

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

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