Peter Oborne

A man of his Times: Lord Danny Finkelstein

George Osborne’s friend at the Times embodies the collapse of boundaries between the media and politics

Lord Finkelstein regularly offers commentary on government policies. But never admits he acts as an unpaid adviser. Getty Images | Shutterstock | iStock | Alamy

Thomas Barnes, who edited the Times from 1817 to 1841, declared that the ‘newspaper is not an organ through which government can influence people, but through which people can influence the government.’

There have been periods when principle guided the Times — for instance when the great war correspondent W.H. Russell exposed government incompetence in the Crimean War.

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