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Long life

I rallied to the call of the newly created Independent — and never regretted it

It was hairy at times but the excitement of those early days is something those involved will never forget

20 February 2016

9:00 AM

20 February 2016

9:00 AM

It had been many years since I had seen anything of Andreas Whittam Smith, but he popped up on the television this week to discuss the fate of the Independent, the newspaper he founded 30 years ago but which is now about to close. I was pleased to see that at 78 he had acquired a knighthood, for this was an honour he had deserved for a long time.

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