FT political editor wins Watt prize

James Blitz, political editor of the Financial Times, is this year’s winner of the David Watt Prize.

The judges said his winning article, entitled The Believer, was an insightful examination of the background, character and beliefs of the Prime Minister and his political ideology.

It explained how Tony Blair risked his premiership to take Britain to war, and how he continues to believe he can take the US administration down the path of righteousness.

It is the third successive year that a Financial Times journalist has won the award, which is in memory of David Watt’s writing and thinking on political issues. Watt was himself a journalist on the Financial Times and was the paper’s Washington correspondent and political editor.

For the first time an award in recognition of the outstanding body of work in journalism of the late Hugo Young was made. His widow, Lucy Waring, was present to receive the trophy.

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