A columnist for The Times, David is a writer, broadcaster and commentator on culture, international affairs, politics and the media. A former television researcher, producer and programme editor, he has previously written for The Independent, The Guardian and The Observer, winning numerous accolades, including Columnist of the Year and the Orwell prize for journalism. After starting his career at BBC news in the 1980s, David rst presented the analytical show Think Tank for BBC1, and then went on to write and present a lm biography of the early lives of John Major and Tony Blair. He has appeared on the satirical TV current affairs programme Have I Got News for You, and presented a number of radio and television series and programmes on current affairs and historical topics. His first book, an account of a journey by kayak on the rivers and canals of England, Paddling to Jerusalem, was published in 2000 and won the Madoc Prize for travel writing. In 2009 he published Voodoo Histories, a book on the history and attraction of conspiracy theories. David has a BA (Hons) in History from the University of Manchester.