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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Surveillance by EU and American spy agencies, such as the NSA, could violate human rights

Our politicians have failed in their duty to protect our privacy. Now we must act

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Planning far ahead does not fit the marketing needs of political campaigning

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A series of defeats have done for colonialism, and its more virulent form, imperialism

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The near-bankruptcy of the Co-op bank is an awful warning of what can go wrong

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