Martin Kettle

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Kettle (left) chairing a Policy Exchange on Blairism, 2012

Martin James Kettle (born 7 September 1949) is a British journalist and author. The son of two prominent communist activists Arnold Kettle (best remembered as a literary critic, 1916–86)[1] and Margot Kettle (née Gale, 1916–95), Martin Kettle was educated at Leeds Modern School and Balliol College, Oxford University.

Kettle worked for the National Council for Civil Liberties as a research officer from 1973. He then began his career in journalism as home affairs correspondent for New Society (1977–81) and moved to The Sunday Times in 1981, working as a political correspondent for three years. He has been with The Guardian since 1984 and also wrote regularly for Marxism Today in its later years. He writes a column on classical music in Prospect magazine.

Kettle is best known as a columnist for The Guardian, where he is assistant editor, having worked as the newspaper's Washington D.C. bureau chief 1997–2001. He was formerly a leader writer (1993–97) and chief leader writer 2001 onwards. Martin Kettle has often defended New Labour and Tony Blair (a personal friend) – though not over the Iraq war. However, soon after the 2010 general election, Kettle wrote that David Cameron's Conservative-led Coalition had had a positive effect on the country.[2] He has been dismissed by John Pilger as Blair's "most devoted promoter".[3]



  1. ^ Martin Kettle "What MI5's records on my father tell us about the uses of surveillance", The Guardian, 28 July 2011
  2. ^ Martin Kettle "A man of grace. Cameron has been good for Britain", The Guardian, 8 July 2010
  3. ^ John Pilger "Let's face it – the state has lost its mind", New Statesman, 16 May 2005

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