William Rees-Mogg

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Full name: William Rees-Mogg (died 29th December 2012)

Area of interest: Europe, British Politics and Society

Journals/Organisation: The Times | The Mail on Sunday


Websites: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/columnists/williamreesmogg | http://www.dailymail.co.uk/mailonsunday/columnist-1017028/William-Rees-Mogg.html



Networks: https://twitter.com/williamreesmogg


About: Leading political commentator, member of the House of Lords, and a former editor-in-chief for The Times. He has been credited with forecasting the glasnost and the fall of the Berlin Wall and also the financial crash of 1987

Education: Charterhouse School; Balliol College, Oxford

Career: Joined Financial Times, 1952 - became chief leader writer and assistant editor; The Sunday Times, 1960 - city editor, became deputy editor, 1964; Editor of The Times, 1967/81; appointed head of newly formed Broadcasting Standards Council, 1988; Times' columnist since 1992. Also a regular guest columnist for the Daily Reckoning

Current position/role: Political commentator

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Other activities: a former Vice-Chairman of the BBC Board of Governors and a former Chairman of the Arts Council and Broadcasting Standards Council



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Awards/Honours: Knighted in 1981, made a life peer in 1988 - Baron Rees-Mogg of Hinton Blewitt in the County of Avon (sits as a cross-bencher in the House of Lords)


Other: His youngest daughter Annunziata is a journalist and failed Conservative party candidate, and his son Jacob is an investment banker and Conservative MP

Books & Debate:

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All three above books co-authored with James Dale Davidson

Latest work: Memoirs, OCLC721920264, HarperPress, July 2011. Review by Roland White: here



The Times:

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Remit/Info: Europe, British Politics and Society


Role: Commentator



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

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Day published: Monday

Regularity: Fortnightly

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Average length: 1000 words

Articles: 2012

Articles: 2011

Articles: 2010

Articles: 2009

Articles: 2008


The Mail on Sunday:

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Remit/Info: Europe, British Politics and Society


Role: Commentator



Website: MailOnline / William Rees-Mogg

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Day published: Sunday

Regularity: Weekly

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Articles: 2009

  • How China's millions can save the West - The world has been turned upside down. Until last September, many people assumed the world was facing a normal recession, perhaps longer than usual, but nothing worse than had quite recently been experienced - 7th March 2009
  • Stuckey's Bank... and Fred's barrow load - Banking has a long and informative history, which too few bankers study - 28th February 2009
  • Just hang on - Berlin's billions will save you - In the history of the Great Depression of the Thirties, one particular banking insolvency stands out, as did the insolvency of Lehman Brothers in the crisis of 2008. On May 11, 1931, the Austrian Kreditanstalt bank suspended business - 21st February 2009
  • We've got rid of marriage - but at a terrible cost - The major English authors have discussed the institution of marriage endlessly, with the women often showing a shrewder understanding than the men. When it comes to the relationships between the sexes, no man equals Jane Austen - 14th February 2009
  • Carol may have a tin ear, but she's no racist - In the cultural wars fought over language, there is no absolute right or wrong. But it is wrong to give unnecessary offence and to take more offence than was intended - 7th February 2009
  • Caught in the crossfire of a world jobs war - If the recession forces governments to adopt more protectionist policies, it will leave Gordon Brown uncomfortably stuck in the middle - 31st January 2009
  • Can Obama pull us out of the mud? - Who will win? The recession or the President? The jobs of many British workers will depend on the winner being the new American President, Barack Obama - 25th January 2009
  • How long can PIGS feed at the German trough? - In the early months of the current recession, it was widely assumed that the impact on Europe would be less serious than the impact on Britain and America - 17th January 2009
  • It’s all down to confidence and Obama has it - The world needs a great President of the United States, and perhaps the Americans have elected one - 11th January 2009
  • A giant disaster doesn’t make Gordon a giant - This is going to be a long year for the Tories. In the next 12 months, Gordon Brown can call a General Election whenever he thinks he can win it. If he does not choose to call one this year, he will have to call one by the following June - 3rd January 2009

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