Daniel Finkelstein

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Full name: Daniel Finkelstein (OBE)

Area of interest: Politics and the Media

Journals/Organisation: The Times | The Jewish Chronicle

Email: daniel.finkelstein@thetimes.co.uk

Personal website:

Website: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/columnists/danielfinkelstein

Blog: Comment Central - Daniel Finkelstein's rolling guide to the web


Networks: http://twitter.com/#!/dannythefink


About: Daniel Finkelstein is a weekly columnist and Chief Leader Writer of The Times. His blog, Comment Central, is a personal round up of the best political opinion on the web. Before joining the paper in 2001, he was adviser to both Prime Minister John Major and Conservative leader William Hague

Education: London School of Economics; also trained as a computer systems analyst

Career: In politics, stood as an SDP candidate in the 1987 elections; Edited Connexion, first UK newspaper to cover internet and data communications, 1990/92; three years as Director of free market think tank the Social Market Foundation; Secretary to the Shadow Cabinet and adviser to the Leader of the Opposition, William Hague and before that the Prime Minister, John Major, 1995/2001; Conservative parliamentary candidate in Harrow West, 2001; written for The Guardian, The Observer, The Independent

Current position/role: Columnist and Chief Leader Writer

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Viewpoints/Insight: Probably has more knowledge about the inner workings of the Conservative Party than any other journalist. Former adviser to Prime Minister John Major and Conservative leader William Hague

Broadcast media: Appearances on BBC's Have I Got News For You; radio broadcasts on historical subjects; a member of the Newsnight political "panel of experts" during the 2008 economic crisis




  • OBE (in John Major's resignation honours list), 1997
  • Orwell prize for journalism, 2001
  • Columnist of the Year, 2003
  • Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards: Political Commentator of the Year , 2011


Other: Grandson of Alfred Weiner, founder of the Wiener Library - see article: The test that David Irving set me: do I really believe in the power of truth?

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Remit/Info: Politics and the Media

Section: Features

Role: Comment editor


Email: daniel.finkelstein@thetimes.co.uk

Website: The Times / Daniel Finkelstein

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Regularity: Weekly

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Column name: The Fink Tank

Remit/Info: Football

Section: Sport

Role: Columnist


Email: finktank@thetimes.co.uk

Website: TimesOnline / The Fink Tank

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Day published: Saturday

Regularity: Weekly

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Website: JC.com / Columnists

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