Posted at May 15, 2013, by Raleigh Addington, Comments Off on Danny Finkelstein considers the formation of a new coalition
Interesting to read Daniel Finkelstein’s article in the Times this morning suggesting that “politicians will be pressed to say which of their promises are non-negotiable in the event of another coalition.”
Looking to the possibility of a new coalition being formed in 2015, Danny argues that the Liberal Democrats, unlike the Conservatives, have accepted the pain caused by the current coalition because they did so voluntarily. Therefore, “the pain reinforces their emotional commitment to the government while in the Tory case the pain erodes it.”
Danny states that “the next election will be the red line election. It will be one defined not by policy pledges but by how robust those pledges are.”
Posted at April 24, 2013, by Raleigh Addington, Comments Off on Danny Finkelstein on the “dangerous road” from Boston to Syria
In a brilliantly written article in The Times today, Daniel Finkelstein describes what Chechnya’s war of independence against Russia has to do with the recent Boston attack. “Nothing and everything” he states. Linking Chechnya’s ‘Holy War’ with Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Danny warns about the rise of extremists and the consequences for Syria – “If the West doesn’t act, others will. And we can’t be insulated from the consequences.”
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We are massive fans of Danny, who manages to combine fantastic insights with the willingness to take stick his neck out on issues and a very effective line in humour. As the UK political scene hots up he will no doubt be in growing demand.
Posted at December 7, 2012, by Raleigh Addington, Comments Off on Danny Finkelstein, Emily Maitlis, Chris Parry and Matthew Syed talk about what’s coming up in 2013
Looking forward to Chartwell’s last event of the year – next Tuesday we’re hosting an evening discussion at the Royal Automobile Club which will look back on 2012 and talk about the principle challenges and opportunities we should be planning for in 2013. Moderated by BBC Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis, the panel includes UK (and US) politics guru Danny Finkelstein, the geo-strategist and risk analyst Chris Parry and the sports writer and former Olympian Matthew Syed. Plus canapes and a glass of wine. Should be fun.
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Posted at August 23, 2011, by Raleigh Addington, Comments (0)
I dropped by the offices of News International yesterday to interview Executive Editor of the The Times Daniel Finkelstein. He shared his thoughts on the eurozone crisis, Britain’s economy and the future of the coalition. The main problem facing Britain: we don’t have any money.
Daniel also noted that when he and George Osborne were speechwriters for William Hague, they warned the Euro would be “a burning building with no exits”. Widely criticised at the time as the “Boulevards of Blood” speech, Danny noted the irony of the current Chancellor now having to deal with the very problems he’d warned against.
Daniel Finkelstein writes on newspapers and public opinion in his Times column: “Newspapers reflect the opinions of their readers, they do not lead it. Without their readership, they have nothing.”
The Sun’s 1992 headline that it’s the “It’s The Sun wot won it” ignores the fact a majority of voters, and not just Sun readers, had no confidence in Neil Kinnock. In 2010 newspapers urging voters to return Gordon Brown to Downing Street would not have been popular, nor would they have made a difference.
Danny’s own experience of working with the Conservatives in opposition leaves him to conclude that when the Sun superimposed William Hague’s head onto a parrot and declared his campaign dead it was not because of an editorial decision, but because the paper knew its readers had dismissed Hague, and therefore so could The Sun.
Expert politics speaker Danny Finkelstein is Executive Editor of The Times, Chairman of Policy Exchange and is a regular speaker on Newsnight.