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End of an era: Richardson and Wearmouth depart

The departure of Andreas Richardson and James Wearmouth leaves a gaping hole in the heart of Berkeley Squares as well as in the hearts of those who have worked with them on this newspaper. 

Andreas was a founding father of Berkeley Squares. In the early days there was the germ of an idea and just a few enthusiastic, clueless hacks, but no structure. Andreas built the structure. He became the brains behind the project, giving it substance and shape. It would not, could not, exist were it not for him. 

Andreas went about the task in his usual way, he just did it. Never one for panic or histrionics Andreas’s remarkable knowledge of all matters technological allowed the site to cope with a growing flood of traffic and to provide mechanisms for journalists that everyone could use efficiently, however limited their own technical knowledge. The beauty of Andreas’s work is that most people don’t have the faintest clue that he is doing it! Like the Ancient Greek temples constructed by his ancestors most of us cannot begin to fathom how it has been put together, we just appreciate the final result and marvel at its beauty! Andreas is the sort of person this country needs to be running MI5: he has been scrupulous in avoiding using his superior knowledge to override democratic decisions and he has been meticulous in following the principles established. And most of all he has just got on and done it! 

James Wearmouth could not be a more different personality! If there is something of the Greek god about Andreas there is something of the Roman emperor about James. He is occasionally bombastic, sometimes self-important and always immensely determined to get his own way. But despite almost everything about him James has a richness of talent that it is impossible not to respect. His charm creeps in from surprising places. At Berkeley Squares James’s determination, drive and obstinacy have combined like an alchemist’s potion and out of it has stepped a remarkably powerful journalist. Almost all of his ideas were met with derision – which he shrugged off. Almost always he was voted down – which he ignored. Almost always he persevered – and then proved us wrong. That James will turn out to be remarkably successful goes without saying, but until he joined Berkeley Squares I would not have expected that success to be in the media. And as he gets to look more and more like Chris Cook from Newsnight, nothing is off limits. 

Andreas and James will be sorely missed. Their huge strengths will be remembered by all. Gentlemen, we salute you!