Harding in hot seat

Axegrinder doffs its cap to James Harding, the new editor of The Times, who took over the hot seat from Robert Thomson on Wednesday.

It was interesting that Thomson ensured who his successor would be: he recruited Harding from the FT, which is also where Will Lewis, now editor of The Daily Telegraph, came from.

Harding is probably the first Jewish editor the paper has had and belongs to the Belsize Square synagogue in north London. There, one member tells me: “We’re thrilled to have him in our midst. Most of the congregation, I imagine, already read The Times, and by the next Jewish holiday, I imagine they all will.”

Harding’s dad, Michael, is a London GP who works out of Knightsbridge, and his mother, Angela, founded a very successful speech, language and hearing centre in London called Christopher’s Place.

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