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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How can we learn to trust bankers again?

Nothing would do more to restore the relationship between financial institutions and their customers than sustained, personal contact at the point of sale

Andreas Whittam Smith with members of the Democracy 2015 team. The movement aims to return political power to ordinary people

An American View on British Politics

How the findings of a leading American political pollster support the goals of 'Democracy 2015'

The real meaning of 'omnishambles'

An air of extreme incompetence has attached itself to this government

Andreas Whittam Smith with members of the Democracy 2015 team. The movement aims to return political power to ordinary people

Democracy 2015: An update

Together with a team of interns, the founder of The Independent launched an exciting new political movement last week. Here's a report on their progress

Andreas Whittam Smith with members of the Democracy 2015 team. The movement aims to return political power to ordinary people

How you can bring our ailing democracy back to life

Yesterday, Andreas Whittam Smith, founder of  The Independent, announced a bold plan for a new political movement to restore British democracy. Here he unveils an initial manifesto for Democracy 2015 – and explains how you can get involved

The Independent’s founding editor Andreas Whittam Smith with the newspaper’s intern students

Andreas Whittam Smith: Our democracy is desperately sick. This is your chance to help save it

Creative use of digital media could exceed the power of political parties to raise funds

Andreas Whittam Smith: In our race to win the Games, we lost our dignity

People manage to get to Wimbledon on time without traffic laws being changed

Andreas Whittam Smith: The Utopia Lansley dreamt of is beyond politics

The NHS would be turned into a clockwork universe - a perfectly incentivised perpetual motion machine

Andreas Whittam Smith: We could tax all over 50s to pay for old age

The state doesn't look after you from cradle to grave if you need it to; it misses out the last bit

Andreas Whittam Smith: GlaxoSmithKline - and you thought the culture at Barclays was sick

The culture of modern business is the problem. Corrupt practices have spread far and wide

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