David Watt prize shortlist revealed

The shortlist for this year’s Rio Tinto Zinc David Watt Prize, in memory of the writer and political commentator, has been announced.

The prize will go to the piece of writing that best makes a major contribution to understanding of the world’s political issues. The shortlist is:  “Attlee and Blair: I wish all failures were that good”, Mary Ann Sieghart, The Times.

 “Crushed at Cancun”, Guy de Jonquières, Financial Times.

 “Not a dress rehearsal”, Jonathan Ledgard, The Economist.

 “Follow my leaders”, Judy Dempsey, Financial Times.

 “Manifest destiny warmed up?”, John Grimond, The Economist.

 “Present at the destruction of the world’s partnership”, Philip Stephens, Financial Times.

 “Tell me, Tony, how many legs has this table?”, Tim Hames, The Times.

 “Hanging out with Hamas”, Johann Hari, The Independent  “Diary”, Sean Maguire, London Review of Books “The Believer”, James Blitz, Financial Times.

The winner will be announced on 29 June at a lunch in London.

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