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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So far, older people have been relatively unscathed by the Coalition’s cuts

This pensioner isn’t giving his benefits back

My income has always been fully declared, but now the perks are about to come my way, I'm expected to renounce them?

The age of austerity is over. Why? It doesn’t work

If ever George Osborne wanted an excuse to embrace Plan B this is the moment

Parliament: A thousand years old and full of fight

This ancient institution has been remarkably vigorous in recent months and it's striking what backbenchers and ordinary members of the House of Lords can do

'A heroine and a hate figure' - for better or worse, Baroness Thatcher remade our nation

Few British prime ministers have given their name to a political philosophy

The response to Mid Staffordshire: So do we now all agree on what ‘care’ means?

The scale of the task in changing the culture on wards explains the fervour of this document

Budget 2013: When wealth is flaunted, poorer people suffer

While the rich will benefit from the cut in tax, they will find it harder to evade the tax that is due

Hollande, Cameron and how not to be a leader

The French President appears too relaxed, while our PM has the opposite problem

Beppe Grillo's success in the Italian election is a victory for clean hands. We should learn from it

A population fed up with corrupt and self-serving politics produced this astonishing result, and the parallels with our national situation are clear

First the Pope resigns, and now Cardinal Keith O'Brien too - The Catholic Church's leadership has been tarnished as never before in its history

A memo to the Vatican: if you may resign, you may also be forced to go.

Barely noticed, civil war is raging in Whitehall

Government ministers are riding roughshod over the civil service, and that leads to government by cock-up and a loss of morale in Whitehall

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Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
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The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

For instance, did Isis kill the Israeli teenagers to trigger a war, asks Patrick Cockburn