David Goodhart

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David Goodhart
David Goodhat at UCL, November 2015.jpeg
David Goodhart, November 2015
Born (1956-09-12) September 12, 1956 (age 61)
London
Nationality United Kingdom
Education B.A. York University
Occupation Journalist and editor
Known for Founder of Prospect magazine
Parent(s) Valerie Forbes Winant Goodhart
Sir Philip Goodhart
Family Mayer Lehman (great-great-grandfather)

David Goodhart (born 12 September 1956)[1] is a British journalist, commentator, and author. He is the founder and former editor of Prospect magazine.

Education and career

Goodhart was educated at Eton College and York University, where he gained a degree in history and politics.[2]

Goodhart was a correspondent for the Financial Times for 12 years; for part of the period he was stationed in Germany.[3][4] He founded Prospect, a British current affairs magazine in 1995 and was the editor until 2010, when he became editor-at-large.[5] In December, 2011, he was appointed Director of the London-based think tank Demos.[6] As of 2017 he is Head of the Demography, Immigration and Integration Unit at the think tank Policy Exchange.[7]

Goodhart has produced several radio documentaries for the BBC on subjects ranging from the rise of Blue Labour to mass immigration.[8] He has frequently written for The Guardian, The Independent and The Times. In April, 2013, he published the book The British Dream: Successes and Failures of Post-war Immigration, in which he argues that high immigration can undermine national solidarity and be a threat to social democratic ideals about a welfare state. He advocates that immigration to the United Kingdom should be reduced and more emphasis put on integrating immigrants.[9][10] In August 2014, Goodhart was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian opposing Scottish independence in the run-up to September's referendum on that issue.[11]

Goodhart has explained that his book The Road to Somewhere: The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics was based upon his belief that the British people decided their Brexit vote on the belief that they were "citizens of Somewhere rather than Anywhere".[12]

Goodhart recalled the turning point of why he rejects modern liberalism:

There was no single moment when I realised I had left the liberal tribe. But one recent incident crystallised matters. I was chatting to a group of friends in a bar, including a few people I didn’t know, and I said I could understand the discomfort that Nigel Farage had recently expressed about not hearing a single English-speaker on a train in London. One of those I didn’t know loudly slammed their glass down and ostentatiously walked out.[13]

Personal

David Goodhart is one of seven children born to Valerie Forbes Winant, the niece of John Gilbert Winant, and former MP Sir Philip Goodhart.[14][15] He is a great-great-grandson of Mayer Lehman, co-founder of Lehman Brothers. He is married to Financial Times journalist Lucy Kellaway; they have four children[16] and separated in 2015.[17]

Publications

References

  1. ^ "Birthdays". The Guardian. Guardian News & Media. 12 Sep 2014. p. 47. 
  2. ^ "The Judges - Samuel Johnson Prize". 20 October 2012. Archived from the original on 20 October 2012. 
  3. ^ David Goodhart ideasfestival.co.uk (Bristol Festival of Ideas), retrieved 1 April 2013
  4. ^ "Prospect eyes 50,000 sales as Goodhart moves on". Press Gazette. Retrieved 7 September 2010. 
  5. ^ Ben Dowell: David Goodhart to step down as Prospect editor The Guardian, 7 June 2010
  6. ^ Demos, Press release: David Goodhart joins Demos as Director demos.co.uk (homesite), retrieved 1 April 2013
  7. ^ Policy Exchange. Policy Exchange https://policyexchange.org.uk/author/david-goodhart/. Retrieved 6 June 2017.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ "Transforming Britain by accident?". BBC News. 8 February 2010. 
  9. ^ Immigration: why the public is right London Evening Standard, 28 March 2013
  10. ^ David Goodhart: Why the left is wrong about immigration The Guardian, 27 March 2013
  11. ^ "Celebrities' open letter to Scotland – full text and list of signatories | Politics". theguardian.com. 2014-08-07. Retrieved 2014-08-26. 
  12. ^ "Tory manifesto set to be slimline... and showing Theresa May as a ‘post-liberal’". 2017. 
  13. ^ "Why I left my liberal London tribe". 2017. 
  14. ^ "Sir Philip Goodhart, politician - obituary". Telegraph.co.uk. 6 July 2015. 
  15. ^ Daily Telegraph: "Valerie Forbes Winant died peacefully on April 1st aged 88" retrieved 30 September 2015
  16. ^ "Lucy Kellaway". Financial Times. Retrieved 7 September 2010. 
  17. ^ Lucy Kellaway (October 25, 2015). "Divorce can galvanise a career as well as ruin it". Financial Times. (Subscription required (help)). 
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