Daniel Finkelstein

Daniel Finkelstein


Times columnist, Conservative member of the House of Lords and father of three.

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@davidrobbo66  What happened to her was shameful and you should show solidarity. To criticise her now is a symbol of learning nothing and feeling no shame.

So happy to hear about @lucianaberger  and her new job. This is from my column on how her resignation from the Labour Party made me cry. It will appear in my forthcoming book Everything In Moderation

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Ten years of the “paywall”. One of the most exciting things I have done in my career is be executive editor for this launch. Almost everyone thought we’d fail, though many journalists cheered us on. Weirdly (foolishly?) I was always sure it would work.

Political quiz question. What do these years have in common that no other years share? 1782, 1783, 1827, 1834, 1852, 1868

@MichaelEzra  @stephenpollardThe  article says: “It is possible that being hipper doesn’t make cities more prosperous. But being prosperous and being open, tolerant, diverse — cooler as it were — do seem to go together.” So, no, I haven’t.

@dbyrner260999  @nuanceprojectI  @JLC_ukt  @MaajidNawaz’s the most repulsive bit of Jew hatred imaginable and also strongly suggests that in addition to being a racist, you are also a top idiot. I trust that is a full answer.

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This week I will be tweeting about my mother’s release from Belsen, 75 years ago.

To try to suggest that what Mr Cummings did was not a breach of the lockdown is never going to work. It drags everyone into making completely unconvincing statements and (ludicrously) claiming the issue is being politicised. This diminishes everyone.

My friend was in an airport lounge when a man came in and said “is there an economist in this lounge?” My friend, startled but pleased, announced proudly: “Actually yes I’m an economist”. The man gave him an odd look and said: “...the magazine”.

Just to be clear what it meant to my family. The confiscation of their property, years in hard labour camp for my grandfather, exile to the edges of Siberia for my Dad (aged 10) and my grandmother. Never going home again. All this happened because of October 1917.

I’m in an unaccustomed position with Katie Hopkins. My normal attitude is sympathy to almost anyone in trouble. But she’s different. She hypothesised she could make a fortune by saying awful things, becoming a horrible racist. It’s important for public discourse that she failed.

On the night of the referendum result I was waiting with Toby to go on ITV. It looked like Leave would lose narrowly. Toby told me that this wouldn’t be the end of it. He told me of plans to press on, call for another referendum and use the loss as a springboard for leaving.

I wonder if it’s ok when condemning the behaviour toward Owen Jones & Anna Soubry, to gently point out that John McDonnell called for Tory MPs not to be able to show their faces in public without being challenged by direct action. And this shows at least the problem with that.

This is my youngest son, Isaac. It is his Barmitzvah tomorrow and there was to have been a party afterwards. But now the party has had to be postponed. But he will still be reading from the Torah, albeit online from home. I know how much he’d love to see your likes and messages.

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