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

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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

How to sell horsemeat and sub-prime loans

Trusting businesses to do the right thing is naive. From banking to the meat industry, without strong regulation, it's inevitably the consumer who loses out

Is Cameron a liar? Now for the official verdict

The deceit about paying down the national debt will have been in the script for days if not weeks

George Entwistle and Sir Jeremy Heywood demonstrate the dangers of narrow professional experience in our highest public servants

The French call it déformation professionnelle - but these blinkered men of the machine are not an exclusively Gallic phenomenon

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