Jonathan Gornall

Jonathan Gornall


Jonathan Gornall is a freelance British journalist, formerly with The Times, who has lived and worked in the Middle East and is now based in the UK.

While at The Times he wrote the humorous weekly column Microwave Man, which recounted the adventures of a newly single forty-something male. A novel based on the column was published by Penguin.

Subsequently happily married and now living in East Anglia with his wife and young daughter, these days he specialises in health, a subject on which he writes for the British Medical Journal and the Daily Mail. He also covers a wide range of topics for The National, the UAE-based leading English language daily newspaper in the Arabian Gulf, where he was on the staff from 2008 to 2012. During that time he lived in Dubai and Abu Dhabi and travelled to many countries in the region, including Iraq, Oman and Qatar.

In 2014 Jonathan was named freelance journalist of the year (professional media) by the Medical Journalists’ Association. The award was made for a series of articles for the British Medical Journal in which he investigated the power of the alcohol industry and its influence on public health policy throughout Europe.

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Shame on you @OliverDowden

We've allowed these Tory idiots to pull our country out of the EU against our wishes. We've sat back and watched as they cull the old and the infirm. Now, they're preparing to put our kids in harm's way. When is someone going to do something to stop this madness!

Why not, @sandraWors3 ?

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson "reassures" parents it is safe to send children back to school. He can't possibly make that promise.

If the UK, or the US, had had someone with the foresight, imagination and intelligence of this woman in charge of their coronavirus responses, tens of thousands of families might not now be grieving. Kerala shames our worthless, self-serving politicians.

I made this on March 14th. I was thinking about the Cheltenham festival, and the government sending people ‘over the top’ to spread the deadly virus.

2 months later, we have lost at least 32,000 loved ones.

This is on you, Prime Minister. #thanksboris

For @GenChuckYeager ... this is the remains of an old farm jetty that is said to have been used by US air force observers during training on the Stour. It was near this jetty that the 2 Mustangs are said to have crashed. Do you recall this?

Question for @GenChuckYeager – when you were based at Raydon in the UK, did you or any of your fellow pilots practise strafing/dive-bombing on targets in the nearby River Stour? I'm told 2 Mustangs collided and crashed into the river, killing their pilots ...

Just for the record, I am NOT celebrating VE Day on Friday. People suffered and died in WW2 on both sides, to a shocking degree. I will be raising a glass to peace with my European friends since 1945.

Memo to Britain's national journalists. Thanks for all the jolly Blitz-spirit, happy-clappy, Captain Tom, daily regurge of government non-event briefings coverage. What a shame we had to rely on the Sydney Morning Herald @smh to tell it as it is:

Revealed: UK ministers were warned last year of risks of coronavirus pandemic. But thank goodness the government was fully focused on Brexit ...

Essential reading on the 45th anniverary of @arabnews for anyone interested in the #arab world – 45 moments that changed the #MiddleEast ...

Today @arabnews, Saudi Arabia's oldest English-language newspaper, marks its 45th anniverary with a must-read series of 45 articles on moments that changed the Middle East. A fascinating crash-course in the politics of the #arab world, a region still poorly understood in the West

Two weeks ago @waitrose declared that, working in conjunction with the Government, it would be contacting those identified by the NHS as being highly vulnerable during the coronavirus crisis to offer dedicated home delivery slots. Since then, silence. Any explanation?

Huge kudos to @audibleuk for throwing open its audiobooks library for free for children for the duration of the corona crisis. Thank you.

Lull at London City airport stokes fears of coronavirus impact. Perhaps it will take a virus to end wanton air travel and save the planet ...

Essex #coronavirusuk case is NOT in Colchester, council leader confirms - okay, so where IS it #colchestercountycouncil and why aren't you saying??

Why is nobody revealing the location of the Essex #coronavirusuk case? And why aren't journalists finding out @BBCEssex ? People need to know if they should be taking precautions.

A shoo-in for the Darwin award ... 'Mad' Mike Hughes dies after crash-landing homemade rocket in bid to prove Earth is flat

#OPINION: Saudi Arabia chose the US as its first international ally — a move that would truly recalibrate the balance of global power in the region — not just immediately, but for decades to come, writes Saudi Ambassador to US @rbalsaud