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 HS2 shambles reveals how our politics can’t cope with planning

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

Once the West set out to conquer the world. Those days have gone for ever

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

Here’s how a ‘good’ bank could operate

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

Is there bullying in your workplace? Here's why

When superiors fire off insults, it is a symptom of instability within the organisation

Will nobody confront the hackers and blaggers in pin-striped suits?

The two explanations put forward by Soca for its inaction have the marks of having been thought up at the last minute

The Keogh report leaves us asking - what is Government for?

The cost of various Health Secretaries’ interventions has been heavy

The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu and the Archbishop of Canterbury the Most Rev Justin Welby, talk to each other during discussions over women in the Episcopate at the General Synod

Women bishops at last? Law debated by Church of England Synod

Members of the General Synod agree to begin next stage on proposals

George Osborne's latest flop over 'shares for rights' is typical of modern government

Since it became law the Department for Business has received only four inquiries, but this measure's history says a lot about the replacement of ideology with marketing

Don’t mourn the universities that go bust

The new commercial battleground that is the student “experience” will undoubtedly lead to a radical restructuring of higher education - and maybe that's no bad thing

If Google is in the dock about child sex abuse, then so are judges

There can be no one solution to the problem society has with sexual violence

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