Andy McSmith is a senior reporter at The Independent. He has vast experience in political journalism and has also appeared on documentaries for BBC Radio 4.
19 December 2014 07:11 PM
Young and clear-eyed, she saw the Ward trial for what it was and refused to play her role
18 December 2014 07:42 PM
There were many strange things about the party that David and Samantha Cameron threw at Chequers last week.
Cuba-US relations: How one Caribbean island stood up to Uncle Sam and became the home of radical chic
17 December 2014 08:51 PM
It had a romantic pull, a state ruled by men who still dressed like revolutionaries, and which defied the American behemoth
17 December 2014 06:44 PM
Ed Balls ruffled a few feathers in the Labour Party 11 months ago, when he disclosed that he had had a talk with Nick Clegg, seemingly about the possibility of Labour going into coalition with the Liberal Democrats.
16 December 2014 06:13 PM
If there is one thing a Whitehall civil servant surely needs, it is a desk.
08 December 2014 12:00 AM
The Conservatives are clinging to the hope that they can win an outright majority at next year's general election
04 December 2014 07:18 PM
Witty and flamboyant in his Edwardian suits, under him the Liberals’ fortunes revived
04 December 2014 07:00 PM
This year's offerings tackle sex in high places scandal, career crises and the British Establishment
04 December 2014 06:33 PM
If you walk along Greek Street in London on Monday night, you will hear a hubbub coming from the Gay Hussar, a Hungarian restaurant. Every table will be filled with people apparently celebrating, though frankly they have not much reason to celebrate. The Gay Hussar in Soho has been famous for years as the watering hole where left-wing politicians gathered to plot, and journalists came to earwig.
03 December 2014 07:08 PM
The Tory MP Daniel Kawczynski had a struggle making himself heard at Prime Minister’s Questions today because he was the next to be called after David Cameron had accused the shadow Chancellor Ed Balls of “political masosadism”. It was a slip of the tongue that had MPs rocking with laughter. No one present had ever heard the expression “masosadism” before, but apparently it exists, and applies to those who derive pleasure from pain but also occasionally like to dish it out too.
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more