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.
18 March 2014 07:48 PM
Ukip had two “unique selling points” until recently: one was its wish to pull out of the EU, the other was its obdurate opposition to gay marriage.
Andy McSmith's Diary: Rupert Murdoch takes on the gay 'bullies' over Guinness boycott of New York Saint Patrick's Day parade
17 March 2014 06:25 PM
Rupert Murdoch seems to have had one of his funny turns as he awoke on the morning of Saint Patrick’s Day. The Ancient Order of Hibernians, who for many years have organised the annual march through New York, have again refused to let gays and lesbians march under their own banner, on the grounds that to do so would offend their Catholic heritage.
17 March 2014 12:00 AM
First phase of high-speed railway’s construction will extend beyond Birmingham, while ministers are told the only way of keeping costs down is to start building now
The Budget 2014: Balls to Osborne - I trust you with my son, but not the British economy as opponents hold brief backstage truce
16 March 2014 07:04 PM
Chancellor babysits opposite number’s young son in the ‘green room’ at the BBC
16 March 2014 07:04 PM
Wayne Rooney’s reported £300,000 a week wages should not be controlled as his talent attracts the high salary, shadow chancellor Ed Balls has suggested.
15 March 2014 12:01 AM
14 March 2014 07:45 PM
Andy McSmith finds universal admiration in Westminster for a man of conviction who divided the left
14 March 2014 07:40 PM
There was a time in the late 1970s and early 1980s when the world looked very different, and people took seriously the possibility that Tony Benn could lead the Labour Party and become prime minister.
Tony Benn dies: Warm in his friendships, harsh in his judgements - and blessed with an obstinacy that was magnificent
14 March 2014 08:24 AM
The Tony Benn I knew was an intriguing, complex and towering figure - and I shall miss him
13 March 2014 07:47 PM
Len McCluskey, the general secretary of Unite, has sagely reminded us that they did not have crises like the present Ukraine situation back in the days of the USSR. “When it was the Soviet Union, Russians and Ukrainians mixed happily together and so it is regrettable what’s happened at the moment,” he tells the current edition of The House magazine, the trade journal for parliamentarians.
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
War is war: Why I stand with Israel
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’
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