David Osler

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David Osler (born 12 May 1960 in Whitechapel, London) is a British journalist, blogger and author. He was educated at Wellingborough Grammar School, City of London Polytechnic and the London School of Economics.

He is a journalist on Lloyd's List, the world's oldest English-language daily newspaper, and has previously worked as news editor for Tribune, the Labour weekly, and for the Labour Research Department. His freelance contributions have appeared in a number of widely read newspapers and magazines, including The Guardian, The Observer, The Independent, Daily Telegraph, Daily Express and the New Statesman.

In 2002, his book Labour Party Plc: New Labour as a Party of Business was published. He wrote a blog[1] which was described by Conservative blogger Iain Dale as "brilliantly written and extremely insightful".[2]

In 2007, he was sued for libel by political activist Johanna Kaschke for a blog article and reader comments which she claimed connected her to the Baader-Meinhof gang. The case was struck out in May 2010 by Justice Eady as an abuse of process.[3] Kaschke was refused the right of appeal in September 2010.[4]

Osler has twice been highly commended in the Periodical Publishers' Association business journalist of the year category, and was long listed for the Orwell Prize (blog section) in 2010 and 2011.


  1. ^ David Osler's blog Archived January 6, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Iain Dale's Guide to Political Blogging in the UK, p.19
  3. ^ "Verdict in blogger versus blogger libel case", Index on Censorship (blog), 13 May 2010
  4. ^ "London: Abuse of libel ruling upheld", Index on Censorship (blog), 21 September 2010