Anthony Barnett (writer)

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Anthony Barnett (born November 1942) is an English writer and campaigner. He was a co-founder of openDemocracy in 2001.


Barnett was a student at Cambridge University, where he was active in the Labour Club, and lodged with Nicholas Kaldor.

A former member of the editorial committee of New Left Review, Barnett has written for the New Statesman, The Guardian[1][2] and Prospect.[3] He conceived the television film England's Henry Moore (1988), which concerned the sculptor's co-option by the British establishment.

Barnett is a campaigner for democracy. He was the first Director of Charter 88 from 1988 to 1995 and Co-Director of the Convention on Modern Liberty (2008–2009) with Henry Porter.[4]

In 2001 he founded openDemocracy with Paul Hilder, Susie Richards and David Hayes and was its Editor and then its Editor-in-Chief until 2007. He remains a regular contributor to the website.[5] In 2016, he serialised Blimey it could be Brexit! publishing a chapter a week in the run up to Britain's EU referendum about the forces behind the vote. His in-depth evaluation was announced to be published by Unbound in 2017 (What Next: Britain after Brexit). The title was changed to The Lure of Greatness: England’s Brexit and America’s Trump.[6]

Barnett was awarded an honorary doctorate from The Open University in September 2013. He lives with Judith Herrin; the couple have two daughters, the singer Tamara Barnett-Herrin and Portia Barnett-Herrin.[citation needed]


  • Barnett, Anthony & John Pilger (1982). Aftermath : the struggle of Cambodia & Vietnam. London: New Statesman.
  • Iron Britannia, Why Parliament Waged its Falklands War (1982) ISBN 978-0-85031-493-9
  • Soviet Freedom (1988) ISBN 978-0-09-175871-4
  • Debating the Constitution (1992) with Caroline Ellis and Paul Hirst ISBN 978-0-7456-1199-0
  • Power and the Throne (1994), drawn from the Charter 88 monarchy debate ISBN 978-0-09-939311-5
  • This Time - Our Constitutional Revolution (1997) ISBN 978-0-09-926858-1
  • Town and Country (1999) edited with Roger Scruton ISBN 978-0-224-05254-2
  • The Athenian Option, Radical reform of the House of Lords with Peter Cary (2008) ISBN 978-1-84540-139-9
  • The Lure of Greatness: England's Brexit and America's Trump (2017) ISBN 978-1-78352-453-2[6]

Essays and reporting[edit]


  1. ^ "Writers – Anthony Barnett". New Statesman. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Anthony Barnett". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Articles by Anthony Barnett". Prospect. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Anthony Barnett: a radical's fanfare". Retrieved 30 January 2010.
  5. ^ "Anthony Barnett". openDemocracy. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  6. ^ a b "".

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