Matthew d’Ancona

Matthew d’Ancona

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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

Ed Perkins’ fine documentary, ‘The Princess', rescues Diana’s story from the hyper-reality of myth and drama.

Read this week’s #CreativeSensemaker.

https://torto.se/3ybyd5K

@POLITICOEurope I really regret giving this journalist my time and trust. What a stitch up – and the illustration is misogyny unbridled. It's also an awful, mean & nasty piece. She ignored what so many of us patiently explained.

Wow. What a really strange way of depicting a champion of women’s rights and social justice - so much for #BeKind. Mind you, @jk_rowling must be getting used to such nonsense

West End performer, pop and soul singer in her own right, and a sought-after backing singer – her story is one of highs, lows, success and survival.

Join London’s first lady of soul @PPArnold1 and Tortoise editor @Matthewdancona on 12 July.

Excellent by @aliceTTimes https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/westminster-sex-scandals-mps-conduct-puts-democracy-to-shame-mxv0mp7f9

At his grand summer festival of centrism, Tony Blair launched a movement for radical but practical change.

But will there be enough takers? @MatthewdAncona sat down with the former Prime Minister to discuss his plans.

Listen to Tony Blair on centrist ideas in the age of populism, how Starmer can win - and the challenge of Ukraine. A @tortoise #SlowPolitics special episode https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/episode-7-whats-the-big-idea-tony/id1623353250?i=1000568444418

The Telegraph has described P.P Arnold's new memoir as 'a sizzler'.

We're delighted to be welcoming London's First Lady of Soul to our newsroom on Tuesday 12 July, in conversation with @MatthewdAncona.

Book your place now: https://torto.se/3OuQS3C

Fantastic meeting ⁦@MatthewdAncona⁩ today. Here's us acting for the photo. Actually, we did serious talk and act.

If you subscribe to @tortoise (& if you don't it's well worth it) you can read a lovely review of Just Got Real. If not I'll give you my favourite quote: 'Fallon ... is now firmly established as one of our very best comic writers, in the tradition of Fay Weldon & Muriel Spark'😍

This week's @tortoise podcast on Qatar's London takeover now out wherever you get your pods. Made with @_PaulHayward. Timely given Prince Charles's bags of Qatari cash + the Guardian's long read on London's Olympic legacy, shaped in part by Qatar... https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/a-coup-at-claridges-qatars-quiet-move-on-london/id1487320403?i=1000567752691

Ed Perkins' fine new documentary #ThePrincess rescues Diana, Princess of Wales, from the world of myth, hyper-reality, celebrity and screen drama. This week's @tortoise #CreativeSensemaker https://www.tortoisemedia.com/2022/06/30/just-the-facts-maam/

“Boris Johnson broke two cardinal rules of political leadership: first, never discuss your state of mind or innermost personality; and second, never speculate publicly about the duration of your time in office.”

✍️@MatthewdAncona

https://torto.se/3OzRB34

With London-bashing perhaps more popular than ever before, is it time to ask the capital how it feels for once?

Join the discussion on 7 July, with @TabithaMortonWE and Tortoise Editor,@MatthewdAncona at the #TortoiseDemocracySummit, either in person or online.

You know the old gag: what is the difference between God and Boris Johnson?

God is everywhere. And Boris Johnson is everywhere but Westminster.

Read @MatthewdAncona’s weekly column on Tortoise.

With London-bashing perhaps more popular than ever before, is it time to ask the capital how it feels for once?

Join the discussion on 7 July, with @TabithaMortonWE and Tortoise Editor @MatthewdAncona at the #TortoiseDemocracySummit, either in person or online.

Want some incredible music to life your spirits?
This P.P Arnold plist of her solo & backing work in honour of her @tortoise ThinkIn with @MatthewdAncona is for you:
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7MIWspCNZtT8UgCzqR96nC?si=bd61171ef2354a8f

To hear @PPArnold1's amazing story, join us: https://www.tortoisemedia.com/thinkin/in-conversation-with-londons-first-lady-of-soul-p-p-arnold/
Guest list: DM me

“Boris Johnson broke two cardinal rules of political leadership: first, never discuss your state of mind or innermost personality; and second, never speculate publicly about the duration of your time in office.”

✍️@MatthewdAncona

https://torto.se/3OzRB34