Stephen Pollard

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For the English cricketer (born 1971), see Stephen Pollard (cricketer).

Stephen Pollard (born c. 1965) is a British author and journalist who is currently editor of The Jewish Chronicle. He is a former Chairman of the European Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism and a former president of the Centre for the New Europe, a free-market think tank based in Brussels. He has written columns for several publications, including The Times and the Daily Mail, and also has maintained a blog.

Pollard is an alumnus of John Lyon School and Mansfield College, Oxford.

He is an advocate of market-based public service reforms. He is also a frequent commentator on Israel, and a critic of Jihadist movements.[1]


Formerly employed by the Daily Express, for whom he worked as a journalist and leader-writer, Stephen Pollard left the paper in 2001 shortly after it was taken over by Richard Desmond, then a publisher of pornographic magazines, who began implementing radical cutbacks. Pollard's last leader for the paper, on the problems of the British farming industry, turned out to contain the words "Fuck you, Desmond" spelt out with the first letter of each sentence. A standing job offer at The Times was withdrawn as they considered the acrostic in the article to be "unacceptable" and "insulting".[2]

After early articles for the Fabian Review in 1993 (for example, "More Southern Discomfort", discussing ways by which the Labour Party could reform itself sufficiently to regain power), Stephen Pollard's career has seen a fair degree of political movement from left to right; he was formerly an advisor to anti-EU Labour politician Peter Shore.

Pollard was one of the signatory founders, in 2005, of the Henry Jackson Society, which advocates a proactive approach to the spread of liberal democracy across the world.[3][4]

By 2006, Pollard held the view[5] that, in the "battle to save western civilisation", the "Left, in any recognisable form, is now the enemy". His biography of Labour Party politician David Blunkett, with the subject's involvement, was published in 2004.

In November 2008, Pollard became editor of The Jewish Chronicle.[6] In his 2009 New York Times review of a book by Bruce Bawer, Pollard endorsed the notion that "liberal appeasement" is paving the way for a "replacement" of European civilization by radical Islamist ideology.[7] Pollard has argued that the Palestine Solidarity Campaign has tipped over to antisemitism and the defence of attacks on Jews. Writing about the disruption of an appearance by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra on 1 September 2011 at the BBC Proms he asserted that the actions of pro-Palestinian activists had a "chilling air" reminiscent of "the way Nazi party members broke up meetings" in Weimar Germany.[8]


  1. ^ Stephen Pollard "More Wikipedia", The Spectator
  2. ^ Hughes, Kathryn (January 14, 2001). "Who gives a Friar Tuck?". London: The Observer. Retrieved 2010-05-24. 
  3. ^ The Henry Jackson Society The Guardian,
  4. ^ "...[The West's] failures in the former Yugoslavia (especially Bosnia) were more than just moral. Through their impact on the credibility of our international institutions, such as NATO and the EU, they had a profound effect on the national interests of western powers. These fiascos showed that we had to engage, robustly and sometimes preventatively. The early interventions in Kosovo and Sierra Leone, although imperfect, provide an appropriate model for future action." The Henry Jackson Society's Statement of Principles
  5. ^ "The Maida Vale Manifesto"
  6. ^ Matthew Bell, "'Fantastic timing': a baptism of fire at the Jewish Chronicle", [ndependent on Sunday, 11 January 2009
  7. ^ Stephen Pollard "The Appeasers", New York Times, 24 July 2009
  8. ^ Stephen Pollard "A Proms protest with a whiff of Weimar about it", Daily Telegraph, 2 September 2011

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