Martin Jacques

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Martin Jacques (born 1945) is a British journalist and academic.

Martin Jacques
Born 1945 (age 72–73)
Coventry, England, Great Britain, U.K
Nationality British
Education King Henry VIII School, Coventry
Alma mater University of Manchester (B.A.)
University of Cambridge (PhD)
Occupation Editor, academic, author

Early life

Jacques was born in October 1945 in the city of Coventry (then in Warwickshire, now in the West Midlands), and was brought up there.


Jacques was educated at King Henry VIII School, an independent school in Coventry (at the time a partly fee-paying boys' direct grant grammar school),[1][2] followed by the University of Manchester, where he graduated with a first-class Honours degree, and subsequently at King's College, Cambridge, where he studied for a PhD.

Life and career

Jacques was a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain, becoming "a member of its Executive Committee, probably the youngest member ever at about twenty-two".[3] He was editor of the party's journal, Marxism Today, from 1977 until its closure in 1991. He co-edited the anthology The Forward March of Labour Halted? (1981) with Francis Mulhern, and co-authored The Politics of Thatcherism (1983) and New Times (1989) with Stuart Hall.

Jacques was a co-founder of the think-tank Demos.

He has been a columnist for The Times and The Sunday Times and was deputy editor of The Independent.

Jacques was a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics Asia Research Centre from 2008-09.[4] He was also a senior visiting research fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore.[5]

Jacques' wife Harinder Kaur Veriah, a Malaysian lawyer, died in January 2000 aged 33 at Ruttonjee Hospital in Hong Kong after suffering epileptic fits and then cardiac arrest. Jacques and their son Ravi, who was aged 16 months when she died, sued the Hospital Authority for negligence and racism. The hospital settled the case in 2010. Her death led to the introduction of anti-racism laws in 2008.[6][7]

In 2009, his book about modern Asia and the rise of China entitled When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order was published.

Jacques is a columnist for The Guardian and New Statesman.


  1. ^ Martin Jacques Publisher: King Henry VIII School, Coventry. Retrieved: 23 February 2013.
  2. ^ Martin Jacques interview Publisher: Interview date: 20 September 2011. Retrieved: 23 February 2013;
  3. ^ Martin Jacques interview Publisher: Interview date: 20 September 2011. Retrieved: 25 September 2016;
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  6. ^ Jacques, Martin (April 3, 2010). "It seemed impossible, but at last Martin Jacques got justice for the wife he loved". The Observer. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  7. ^ "Hospital pays compensation over 'racism' death". The Guardian. March 31, 2010. Retrieved October 22, 2015.

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Preceded by
James Klugmann
Editor of Marxism Today
Succeeded by
Publication closed
Preceded by
Matthew Symonds
Deputy Editor of The Independent
Succeeded by
Chris Blackhurst

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