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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If the City of London loses the trust of the people it serves, whether home or abroad, it's finished

Even a brief survey of history shows the extent to which Britain has been a financial titan. But a series of scandals has laid the City low. Can it recover?

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

The values of Democracy 15 will come from our supporters. Are these a good starting point?

The nascent political movement started by the founder of The Independent has held a series of public meetings and is now debating its core values

The Beatles, protests with purpose, and optimism: why the Sixties were nothing short of a Golden Age

A confluence of economic and cultural wealth with political passion made the sainted decade a blessing for all those lucky enough to go through it

A dramatic step forward for Democracy 2015: Adam Lotun to stand in Corby by-election on November 15

A month ago, the founder of The Independent launched a new political movement. Today he announces his first parliamentary candidate

West Coast trainline scandal reveals the true shambles at the heart of our Government

Institutional failures of competence and management led to a botched use of public money and show the terrible lack of experience among our political class

Sir Jimmy Savile has been accused of assaulting girls as young as 14

The BBC's lack of action over Jimmy Savile abuse accusations amounts to a cover-up

Did the Corporation fail to act when given incriminating evidence? Was it culpably silent? The Chairman of the corporation has no choice but to order an investigation

When the Queen gave me a story, I didn't blab

If you go around printing people's informal remarks, pretty soon you'll find your social circle confined to the newsroom

Democracy 2015: A question and answer session

Over a fortnight ago, the founder of The Independent and a team of interns set up a new political movement. This video explains what it is and where it's going.

A plague we must stop before it is endemic

If Britain was ever an uncorrupt society, those days are long passed. MPs and police officers work in small, closed societies where bad practices easily flourish

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

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