Martin Jacques (born 1945) is a British journalist and academic.
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), 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.
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". 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.
Jacques was a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics Asia Research Centre from 2008-09. He was also a senior visiting research fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore.
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.
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.
|Editor of Marxism Today
|Deputy Editor of The Independent