David Goodhart

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David Goodhart (b. 12 Sept 1956)[1] is a British journalist, commentator, author and director of the "think tank" Demos. He is the founder and former editor of Prospect magazine.

Education and career[edit]

Goodhart was educated at Eton College and York University, where he gained a degree in history and politics.[2]

Goodhart was a correspondent for the Financial Times for 12 years; in part of the period he was stationed in Germany.[3][4] He founded Prospect, a British current affairs magazine in 1995 and was the editor until 2010, when he became editor-at-large.[5] In December, 2011, David Goodhart started as director of the London based think tank Demos.[6]

Goodhart has produced several radio documentaries for the BBC on subjects ranging from the rise of Blue Labour to mass immigration.[7] He has frequently written for The Guardian, The Independent and The Times. In April, 2013, he published the book The British Dream: Successes and Failures of Post-war Immigration where he argues that high immigration can undermine national solidarity and be a threat to social democratic ideals about a welfare state. He advocates that immigration to the United Kingdom should be reduced and more emphasis put on integrating immigrants.[8][9] In August 2014, Goodhart was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian opposing Scottish independence in the run-up to September's referendum on that issue.[10]


He is married to Financial Times journalist Lucy Kellaway; they have four children.[11]



  1. ^ "Birthdays". The Guardian (Guardian News & Media). 12 Sep 2014. p. 47. 
  2. ^ http://www.thesamueljohnsonprize.co.uk/node/22
  3. ^ David Goodhart ideasfestival.co.uk (Bristol Festival of Ideas), retrieved 1 April 2013
  4. ^ "Prospect eyes 50,000 sales as Goodhart moves on". Press Gazette. Retrieved 7 September 2010. 
  5. ^ Ben Dowell: David Goodhart to step down as Prospect editor The Guardian, 7 June 2010
  6. ^ Demos, Press release: David Goodhart joins Demos as Director demos.co.uk (homesite), retrieved 1 April 2013
  7. ^ "Transforming Britain by accident?". BBC News. 8 February 2010. 
  8. ^ Immigration: why the public is right London Evening Standard, 28 March 2013
  9. ^ David Goodhart: Why the left is wrong about immigration The Guardian, 27 March 2013
  10. ^ "Celebrities' open letter to Scotland – full text and list of signatories | Politics". theguardian.com. 2014-08-07. Retrieved 2014-08-26. 
  11. ^ "Lucy Kellaway". Financial Times. Retrieved 7 September 2010.