Matthew d’Ancona

Matthew d’Ancona


Matthew d’Ancona is a British journalist and award-winning political columnist who writes a weekly column for the Guardian. He was Deputy Editor The Sunday Telegraph before becoming editor of The Spectator in 2006. During his editorship, the magazine enjoyed record circulation and he was named Editor of the Year (Current Affairs) in the 2007 BSME awards.

He was the Sunday Telegraph’s political columnist for 19 years.  He also writes for the Evening Standard, International New York Times and GQ. He is a visiting research fellow at Queen Mary University of London, and the author of several books including In It Together: The Inside Story of the Coalition.

He wrote Being British: The Search for the Values That Bind the Nationwhich was published in 2009 with an introduction by Gordon Brown. His earlier works include the international bestseller The Jesus Papyrus in 1997 and The Quest For the True Cross in 2000.

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Matthew d'Ancona @MatthewdAncona

Continuity in an era of change.

The payments to 17 Black came from an account in Latvia controlled by Rufat Baratzada, of Baku, Azerbaijan. He's a proxy. We'd like to know for whom.

#PrinceAndrew has announced he is stepping back from royal duties for the "foreseeable future" due to the Epstein scandal. He faced a growing backlash after a BBC interview. We analysed the transcript - it could not have gone worse.

Column: "Get Brexit Done" is the fitting sequel to "Take Back Control" - same lie, same leading character, same messy ending

“Newsnight’s political editor, reported the boast of the Tories’ spin doctors that Johnson had only been jeered four times, compared with Corbyn’s eight. Is this now key metric in the race for the highest office in the land?” @MatthewdAncona

Confused (or outraged) by the ⁦@CCHQPress⁩ Twitter “fact-check” rebrand? Listen to our podcast!

We investigate the young New Zealanders behind the Tory digital campaign who use “arousal emotions” like anger and fear to drive engagement.

This feeble exchange united the country — in disdain for its would-be leaders. My ⁦@ESComment⁩ take on the #GeneralElection2019 debate

We've investigated the Visa pathways for AI specialists across the world - as part of #TheGlobalAIIndex - launching on December 3rd. Interested? See

More Perfect, on the US Supreme Court, was one of the best podcast series I’ve ever listened to. Now, ⁦@JadAbumrad⁩ returns with a richly researched and hilarious cultural history of the great Dolly Parton.

.@maitlis: “You dressed up party lines as a fact-check service. That is dystopian.”

Conservative @JamesCleverly: “We were calling out the Labour Party’s wilful misinformation about the NHS.”

#Newsnight | #ITVdebate

I know I'm contractually obliged to say that tonight's Election #ThinkIn in Glasgow was fun and insightful. But, dear me, tonight's Election #ThinkIn in Glasgow really was fun and insightful. Can't wait to come back next Tuesday.

Is there an ethical way to watch porn? I'll be chairing this @tortoise ThinkIn on the topic next Monday eve, tickets here!

Excited to be introducing #TheGlobalAIIndex from my team @Tortoise Intelligence, in partnership with @HenkelxVentures on December 3rd - facing up to some of the big questions surrounding national approaches to artificial intelligence. Learn more at

This is excellent.

A dissection: The #PrinceAndrew interview

- How will his comments be read in the post-#MeToo landscape?
- Serious investigative questions still hang over him
- How far did he stray from what he should have said?

The problem with Corbyn and Labour, at least when it comes to #brexit, via @MatthewdAncona. Some useful #GE2019 analysis coming from @tortoise at the moment. Sign up. It's free until the show's over.

The Prince Andrew interview has been dissected by my three brilliant @tortoise colleagues ⁦⁦@MrsMoz⁩ ⁦@CeriThomas01⁩ and ⁦@AlexiMostrous⁩ to explain both what he really meant - and what he SHOULD have said. Gripping.

Noel Gallagher: ‘I bet you’re glad you’re out of it now, aren’t you, mate?’ Tony Blair: ‘Actually I’m not, I wish I was f***ing back in it because it is f***ed.’ So say we all.