The writer and broadcaster Grace Blakeley has been appointed an economics commentator of the New Statesman. Blakeley is currently on sabbatical from IPPR, where she will continue as a research fellow, and is writing a book, Stolen: How finance took control of our economy and corrupted our politics (Repeater Books).
From January, she will write a fortnightly column in the Observations section of the New Statesman magazine and contribute to the New Statesman website and podcasts.
George Eaton, political editor, said: “Grace Blakeley is one of the most talented and insightful young commentators in Britain and I am delighted that she will be joining the New Statesman as we further strengthen our political and economic coverage.”
Grace Blakeley said: “I’m thrilled to be joining the New Statesman at such a crucial political and economic moment. After eight years of failed austerity, following 40 years of financialised, debt-fuelled growth, it is vital that economic journalists challenge the consensus that has dominated policymaking for so long. I look forward to working alongside the brilliant journalists at the NS to do just this.”