George Eaton (journalist)
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George Eaton Journalist

George Eaton (born 27 November 1986) is a British writer and journalist. He is Senior Online Editor of the New Statesman, a position he was appointed to in February 2020. He was previously political editor from 2014 to 2018, joint deputy editor from 2018 to 2019, and an Assistant Editor from 2019 to 2020.


Eaton was educated at Berkhamsted School and later studied at the University of Warwick between 2005 and 2008, graduating with a first class degree in History and Politics.[1]

After working for PoliticsHome,[2] he was recruited to the New Statesman in 2009 by editor Jason Cowley as a staff writer and later edited the magazine's political blog The Staggers, which was named online comment site of the year at the 2013 Comment Awards.[3][4] He was political editor of the New Statesman from 2014 to 2018, joint deputy editor from 2018 to 2019. After his controversial Roger Scruton article, he moved to the position of assistant editor. Since February 2020 he has worked as Senior Online Editor.[5] He has also written for The Times, The Sunday Times and The Evening Standard.[6][7][8]

Eaton has featured in debating panels on various news stations such as BBC News, Sky News and RT, discussing issues including health tourism and Scottish independence. In February 2015, he sat on a panel hosted by the PR company Fishburn at the Royal Society of Arts on the 2015 general election.[9]

In April 2019, Eaton published an article in the New Statesman based on an interview he had had with conservative philosopher Roger Scruton, in which he claimed Scruton had made a number of racist remarks. He quoted Scruton as describing the "invasion of huge tribes of Muslims from the Middle East", and how "each Chinese person is a kind of replica of the next one".[10] The article led to Scruton being removed as a government adviser.[11] In response, Eaton posted a photograph to his public Instagram account showing him drinking from a bottle of champagne with the caption, "The feeling when you get right-wing racist and homophobe Roger Scruton sacked".[12] Various figures criticised Eaton claiming he had mischaracterised Scruton's comments.[13] Eaton apologised for the Instagram post, but defended the interview. He was demoted several months later.[14]

The New Statesman later apologised to Scruton, saying that partial quotations used to promote the article did not accurately represent his views.[13] In July 2019 Scruton was reappointed to the government commission, but also diagnosed with cancer, which led to his death in January 2020.[13][15]


  1. ^ "George Eaton LinkedIn profile".
  2. ^ "PM faces five 'nightmare scenarios'". Leeds: Leeds Trinity University. 28 February 2013. Archived from the original on 13 March 2013. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ Burrell, Ian (29 November 2015). "The Media Column: Why the left-wing New Statesman is stubbornly resisting the lure of Corbynmania". The Independent. London: Independent Print Limited. ISSN 0951-9467. OCLC 185201487. Archived from the original on 3 December 2015. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ "Previous Winners Comment Awards 2009-2017".
  5. ^ Eaton, George (3 February 2020). "Personal News". Twitter. Retrieved 2020.
  6. ^ "Labour and Lib Dems are natural allies again". The Times. 14 March 2014.
  7. ^ "Labour's Flagging Challenge". The Sunday Times. 23 November 2014.
  8. ^ "George Eaton Evening Standard author page".
  9. ^ Keirle, Matthew (20 February 2015). "Fishburn's guide to the general election: Planning for Uncertainty". PRWeek. London. Archived from the original on 28 February 2015. Retrieved 2016.
  10. ^ "Roger Scruton: "Cameron's resignation was the death knell of the Conservative Party"".
  11. ^ "Government housing adviser Sir Roger Scruton fired". Property Week. 10 April 2019.
  12. ^ editor, Jim Waterson Media (25 April 2019). "New Statesman and Spectator in dirty tricks row over Scruton tape". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  13. ^ a b c Quinn, Ben (23 July 2019). "Roger Scruton gets government job back after 'regrettable' sacking". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019.
  14. ^ "The New Statesman apologises to Roger Scruton". Coffee House. 8 July 2019. Retrieved 2020.
  15. ^ Scruton, Roger (21 December 2019). "Roger Scruton: My 2019". The Spectator.


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