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

And, elsewhere, bracing blast of sensibleness from @MatthewdAncona on the "wokeness" culture skirmish that sections of UK politics seem determined to have instead of sorting out things that matter a whole lot more, and more urgently

Let’s focus on staying alive right now - and worry about who’s #woke and who’s not later. My ⁦@tortoise⁩ column
#Covid #Churchill #lockdown #vaccine

“Discipline and rigour” - it’s always a pleasure to read @MatthewdAncona

When I tell you the British state is feeble and weak, it's now reached the point that it doesn't think it can cope with block-booking hotel rooms and then organising getting food sent up to the rooms.

How has slow news publisher @tortoise managed to grow its audience (and membership) in the pandemic?

On Wednesday we'll hear from his co-founder & editor @hardingthehack, who's led @BBCNews and @thetimes

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Excellent by ⁦@JackKessler1⁩

This is no time for the performative politics of rows about #Churchill, who’s #woke and who’s not, and #statues. My ⁦@tortoise⁩ column

This is on again tonight. Do watch if you can stay up that late. Otherwise it'll be on iPlayer. Thanks.

M’former coll @rafaelbehr in excellent form.....

How many women are killed at the hands of their partners every year? We simply don't know.

Today @tortoise we launch our investigation into hidden homicides. I dove into the data, and found out just how poorly we track and measure domestic abuse:

In Hidden Homicides, a new four-part series from @louisetickle and @Tortoise – we report on shocking stories of women whose deaths go unrecognised, and uncounted, by police.

Listen here:

Just finished #ItsASin

Thank you @russelldavies63 and every one involved. You told our story and gave voice to those who didn’t make it.

“The true impact of ‘It’s a Sin’ is to be found in its nuance and exploration of confusion, foible and the juxtaposition of joy and fear.”

In this week’s #CreativeSensemaker @matthewdAncona looks at the latest drama from Russell T. Davies:

How many women are killed – but not counted? For months we have been investigating the true scale of fatal domestic abuse.

Next week we publish a 4-part podcast series on the shocking stories of women whose deaths may be going unrecognised, and uncounted, by police.

Next week we will be joined by @MazzucatoM; for a conversation on the topics of technology, public purpose and her new book ‘Mission Economy: A moonshot guide to changing capitalism’.

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The good thing about firing someone for an innocuous tweet because of the backlash of a baying, bad-faith Twitter mob is that doing so makes sure said mob will never again come for any of your employees, and they in turn feel reassured and safe.

The murder and abuse of brown and black girls is not an “honour crime”, it’s VAWG. #FGM is not a “harmful cultural practice”, it’s a human rights violation. Words matter so please stop “othering” our abuse.

My thoughts on #ItsASin @Channel4

Glad to see this set of steps, which is just a beginning of what needs to be a years-long effort to prevent, interrupt, and combat violent domestic extremism. Esp happy to see proposed inclusion of a focus on interrupting radicalization pathways, which suggests there will be 1/