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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The Anglican and Catholic Churches have finally realised they must change to survive. But is it too late?

The problem is not adults leaving the church: it is their children never going at all

Poverty is the defining problem of our age

Unfortunately, there is no end in sight. New digital technologies will make it worse

The power to shock: clockwise from main picture Lord Justice Leveson and his report

How the Leveson Report stopped the press in its tracks: One year on, the forensic cataloguing of media bullying retains its power to shock

It's a year since Lord Justice Leveson delivered his verdict on British newspapers. The implications are still sinking in, says Andreas Whittam Smith

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

Unless we make a mighty fuss, the establishment will fold its arms and do nothing

In Viennese painting of the early 20th Century, you get a sense of horrors to come

Freud saw culture as a veneer through which destructive forces could break

If Universal Credit isn't to fail, Iain Duncan Smith must learn from the flaws of Obamacare

These are the three questions IDS should currently be asking

Eurobonds scandal: You can blame the tax avoiders. But the Government’s the real villain

At the same time as HMRC complains about avoidance, it is creating fresh loopholes

Our leaders have always misled us about the EU

Governments were intent on shielding voters from understanding how much sovereignty we had lost

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Barack Obama and the Republican Party are engaged in an existential battle

No winner can come out of this stalemate with their head held high

The best weapon against the far right? Empathy

Politicians need to be attentive to those who find themselves on a downward financial escalator. Otherwise, extremists are more than ready to lend an ear

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