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.
01 May 2015 09:00 AM
Question Time format shed more light on the trio than a three-way debate
30 April 2015 06:35 PM
I can understand Ukip demanding a police investigation after a contestant on Have I Got News For You claimed to have visited South Thanet more often than Nigel Farage. It’s been a long campaign, Ukip’s vote is ebbing away; it’s time for a sense of humour breakdown.
General Election 2015: 'Miliband: the Interview' should have been titled 'Russell Brand: the Monologue'
29 April 2015 07:44 PM
Miliband could hardly get a word in as Brand ranted about 'powerful elites' and bankers
29 April 2015 06:10 PM
Nigel Farage has received unexpected support in his campaign to become MP for South Thanet, from the President of the European Commission – not normally a fan of UKIP. Election or no election, Farage is still a member of the European Parliament, and he put in a day there yesterday, fighting losing battles over migration and asylum. “As I walked into European Parliament just now,” he tweeted early in the day, “Jean Claude Juncker wished me good luck for South Thanet as it means I won't be here anymore!”
28 April 2015 08:47 PM
There was a running joke on social media at Russell Brand’s expense, which went like this: you take a portentous Russell Brand quotation, and after it you cry: “Parklife!” In the one-minute trailer for the interview that Brand did with Ed Miliband, you hear him ask: “For me, what I have learnt is that because of geopolitical influences, because of global finance, it seems that it’s very difficult at a domestic level to leverage serious influence.”
28 April 2015 06:13 PM
Scrutiny of Nicola Sturgeon has thrown up an interesting coincidence. Her favourite novel was Sunset Song, part of a trilogy by Lewis Grassic Gibbon, a Scottish writer who died young in 1935. Sturgeon read it when it was in her teens. “It seemed to speak to me at a time when other things were taking shape in my head,” she told The Scotsman. In her mind, it fortified the case for Scottish independence.
27 April 2015 07:55 PM
(Hoping to) Not fade away
General Election 2015: Cameron defends criticism that Tories still neck and neck with Labour in polls
26 April 2015 08:03 PM
Speaking in Yeovil, the Prime Minister said: 'If you want political excitement, go to Greece'
Ed Miliband vs Boris Johnson on the Andrew Marr Show sketch: Roll up, roll up – it's the Ed and Boris verbal jousting show
26 April 2015 07:08 PM
London’s Mayor is by general acclaim the wittiest performer in modern politics - Miliband is the one who cannot eat a bacon sandwich
Andy McSmith's Election Diary: How the Tower Hamlets corruption scandal goes far beyond just Lutfur Rahman
23 April 2015 05:39 PM
Lutfur Rahman was not the only one to come out badly from Judge Richard Mawrey’s report into intimidation and corruption in Tower Hamlets. There was a section on how Labour’s National Executive Committee dealt with “an astonishing catalogue of very serious allegations” handed to them in September 2010 by Helal Abbas, who had come a poor third, behind Rahman and John Biggs, in the contest to be selected as Labour’s mayoral candidate.
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
In defence of liberal democracy
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils
- 2 How the language you speak changes your view of the world
- 3 Russell Brand backs Ed Miliband: 'You gotta vote Labour'
- 4 General Election 2015: 14-year-old boy asks Nick Clegg – 'can you kill Katie Hopkins?'