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David Goodhart (born 12 September 1956)[1] is a British journalist, commentator, and author. He is the founder and former editor of Prospect magazine.

David Goodhart
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(November 2015)
Born (1956-09-12) 12 September 1956 (age 62)
NationalityUnited Kingdom
EducationB.A. University of York
OccupationJournalist and editor
Known forFounder of Prospect magazine
Parent(s)Valerie Forbes Winant Goodhart
Sir Philip Goodhart
FamilyMayer Lehman (great-great-grandfather)


Early life and educationEdit

Goodhart is one of seven children born to Valerie Forbes Winant (the niece of John Gilbert Winant) and Conservative MP Sir Philip Goodhart.[2][3] He is a great-great-grandson of Mayer Lehman, co-founder of Lehman Brothers. He was educated at Eton College, and the University of York, where he gained a degree in history and politics.[4] He has written of being an "old Etonian Marxist" in his late teens and early 20s.[5]


Goodhart was a correspondent for the Financial Times for 12 years; for part of the period he was stationed in Germany.[6][7] He founded Prospect, a British current affairs magazine in 1995 and was the editor until 2010, when he became editor-at-large.[8] In December, 2011, he was appointed Director of the London-based think tank Demos.[9] As of 2017 he is Head of the Demography, Immigration and Integration Unit at the think tank Policy Exchange.[10]

He has written for The Guardian, The Independent and The Times. He has presented documentaries for BBC Radio 4's Analysis programme on immigration (in 2010)[11] and on Blue Labour.[12] He has written of the influence on his thinking of people like Maurice Glasman, who coined the term Blue Labour.[5]


Goodhart first wrote that "sharing and solidarity can conflict with diversity", in an essay "Too diverse?" published by Prospect in February 2004.[13] In deviating from liberal orthodoxy, he caused a stir at the time.[5] Trevor Phillips, then chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality, described such arguments as being those of "liberal Powellites", after the Conservative politician Enoch Powell.[14]

In the book The British Dream: Successes and Failures of Post-war Immigration (2013), Goodhart argues that high immigration can undermine national solidarity and be a threat to social democratic ideals about a welfare state. He advocates that immigration to the United Kingdom should be reduced and more emphasis put on integrating immigrants.[15][16]

The Road to Somewhere was published in 2017. A fault line in Britain existed, he suggested, between Somewhere, those people firmly connected to a specific community which consists of about half the population, "Inbetweeners", and Anywhere, those usually living in cities, socially liberal and well educated; the latter being only a minority of about 20% to 25% of the total, but in fact had "over-ruled" the attitudes of the majority.[17] Jonathan Freedland in The Guardian believed it could be argued New Labour had actually often had the Somewheres in mind in policies espousing a "Asbo culture" and the "prison works" attitude which they continued from Michael Howard's earlier period as Home Secretary.[17]

Personal lifeEdit

David Goodhart was married to Financial Times journalist Lucy Kellaway; they have four children,[18] but separated in 2015.[19]


  • The British Dream: Successes and Failures of Post-war Immigration (2013). Atlantic Books. ISBN 9781843548058
  • The Road to Somewhere: The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics (2017). C. Hurst & Co. ISBN 9781849047999


  1. ^ "Birthdays". The Guardian. Guardian News & Media. 12 Sep 2014. p. 47.
  2. ^ "Sir Philip Goodhart, politician - obituary". 6 July 2015.
  3. ^ Daily Telegraph: "Valerie Forbes Winant died peacefully on April 1st aged 88" retrieved 30 September 2015
  4. ^ "The Judges - Samuel Johnson Prize". 20 October 2012. Archived from the original on 20 October 2012.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  5. ^ a b c Goodhart, David (17 March 2017). "Why I left my liberal London tribe". Financial Times. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  6. ^ David Goodhart Archived 2013-06-22 at the Wayback Machine (Bristol Festival of Ideas), retrieved 1 April 2013
  7. ^ "Prospect eyes 50,000 sales as Goodhart moves on". Press Gazette. Archived from the original on 16 June 2011. Retrieved 7 September 2010.
  8. ^ Ben Dowell: David Goodhart to step down as Prospect editor The Guardian, 7 June 2010
  9. ^ Demos, Press release: David Goodhart joins Demos as Director Archived 2013-03-20 at the Wayback Machine (homesite), retrieved 1 April 2013
  10. ^ Policy Exchange. Policy Exchange Retrieved 6 June 2017. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ Goodhart, David (8 February 2010). "Transforming Britain by accident?". BBC News.
  12. ^ Goodhart, David (20 March 2011). "Labour can have its own coalition too". The Independent on Sunday. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  13. ^ Goodhart, David (February 2004). "Too diverse?". Prospect. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  14. ^ Phillips, Trevor (16 February 2004). "Genteel xenophobia is as bad as any other kind". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  15. ^ Immigration: why the public is right London Evening Standard, 28 March 2013
  16. ^ David Goodhart: Why the left is wrong about immigration The Guardian, 27 March 2013
  17. ^ a b Freedland, Jonathan (22 March 2017). "The Road to Somewhere by David Goodhart – a liberal's rightwing turn on immigration". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  18. ^ "Lucy Kellaway". Financial Times. Retrieved 7 September 2010.
  19. ^ Lucy Kellaway (October 25, 2015). "Divorce can galvanise a career as well as ruin it". Financial Times.