Iain Martin

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Iain Martin
Iain James Martin

(1971-10-02) 2 October 1971 (age 47)
Alma materUniversity of Glasgow
OccupationEditor of reaction.life, journalist, author

Iain James Martin (born 2 October 1971) is a political commentator, author and public speaker. He writes a weekly column for The Times and is co-founder, editor and publisher of Reaction - www.reaction.life - a site which provides analysis and opinion on politics, economics and culture. He is a former editor of The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday, and an author of books on the financial crisis and the City of London.

Life and career[edit]

He was born in Paisley, and is a graduate of Glasgow University. Martin worked as a reporter for the Sunday Times Scotland (1993–97), as political editor of Scotland on Sunday (1997–2000), political editor of The Scotsman (2000–01), deputy editor of Scotland on Sunday (2001), editor of The Scotsman (2001–04), editor of Scotland on Sunday (2004–06), deputy editor of the Sunday Telegraph (2006), and head of comment for the Telegraph Media Group (2008–09). In 2016 he founded and is Editor[1] of pro-market news website Reaction that focuses on commentary and analysis on politics, economics, and culture.[2]

From 2009 to 2011 he was Deputy Editor of the Wall Street Journal Europe, for which he wrote a blog on politics.[3][4] He moved to the Daily Mail newspaper in 2011 for a short time to write a weekly political column. He was a co-founder and editor of CapX, the site launched by the London-based Centre for Policy Studies in 2014. Since early 2017, he has written a weekly column in The Times.

Martin is wine critic for The Conservative.[5] He has contributed to Standpoint magazine and the Financial News. His book Making it Happen: Fred Goodwin, RBS and the Men Who Blew Up the British Economy, on the financial crisis, was published in 2013 by Simon & Schuster.[6] Crash, Bang, Wallop: the inside story of London's Big Bang and a financial revolution that changed the world, was published by Sceptre in September 2016.[7] He lives in London.

He is a supporter of Brexit and believes that Nigel Farage should be given a peerage.[8]


  • Making it Happen: Fred Goodwin, RBS and the Men Who Blew Up the British Economy
  • Crash Bang Wallop: the inside story of London's Big Bang and a financial revolution that changed the world[9]

Awards and honours[edit]


  1. ^ "Iain Martin, Editor – Reaction". Reaction. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  2. ^ "About Reaction". Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Former Telegraph comment editor Iain Martin moves to Wall Street Journal Europe". journalism.co.uk. 8 September 2009. Retrieved 13 May 2010.
  4. ^ Martin, Iain (22 February 2011). "Thank You For Reading". Iain Martin on Politics. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
  5. ^ "Welcoming two newcomers on a pair of publications that will ponder the political puzzles of our day". The New Criterion. March 2017. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  6. ^ Kampfner, John (16 September 2013). "Making It Happen: Fred Goodwin, RBS and the Men Who Blew up the British Economy by Iain Martin – review" – via www.theguardian.com.
  7. ^ Arlidge, Review by John (11 September 2016). "Books: Crash, Bang, Wallop: The Inside Story of London's Big Bang and a Financial Revolution that Changed the World by Iain Martin" – via www.thetimes.co.uk.
  8. ^ Martin, Iain (5 September 2019). "Johnson will need Farage if he's to see Brexit through". The Times.
  9. ^ https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/lifestyle/books-reviews/1079847/book-review-crash-bang-wallop-iain-martin/
  10. ^ Andrew Hill (18 September 2013). "Finalists that are worthy of a bruising debate". Financial Times. Retrieved 21 September 2013.