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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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

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The cost of various Health Secretaries’ interventions has been heavy

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

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