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Date: September 29
Times columnist and Tory peer Daniel Finkelstein is one of the UK’s leading political commentators. In this in-depth interview, he voices growing concerns about the ‘threatening and dangerous development’ of anti-semitism in the Labour Party, and why Corbyn’s ‘pretty lame’ response makes things worse; argues the EU Referendum was both right and necessary, reveals his misgivings at the ‘rising rift’ between educated and uneducated; the looming struggle for Conservatives after Brexit, and why despite everything he remains enthusiastic about the future for journalism.

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Media Masters is a series of extended one-to-one interviews with people at the top of the media game. Our guests come from the world of journalism, TV, radio, politics, publishing, social media, PR, gaming, academia and even Hollywood. Each week Paul Blanchard leads an informal and reflective discussion of their career - the personal highs and lows, challenges, successes, and lessons learned.

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