Daniel Johnson

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Daniel Johnson

Daniel Benedict Johnson (born 26 August 1957) is the editor of the monthly magazine Standpoint magazine published by the Social Affairs Unit. He is a former journalist for The Daily Telegraph and The Times and writes a column for the New York Sun.


Johnson attended Langley Grammar School in Slough, and then Magdalen College, Oxford. From 1978 to 1981 he was a Resident Student at Peterhouse, Cambridge, [1] then a hub of right-wing thought. From 1983-84 he was director of publications for the Centre for Policy Studies.[2] In 1986 he joined the Daily Telegraph, working as a leader writer and then the papers correspondent in Bonn (1987-89) and Eastern Europe (1989-90). In 1990 he joined The Times as a leader writer (1990-91), later becoming literary editor (1992-96) and then assistant comment editor (1996-98). He has written a column for the New York Sun since 2005.[3] He also contributes to other publications including Commentary, American Spectator, Literary Review, Prospect, and the Wall Street Journal.

In 2008 it was announced that Johnson would edit the Social Affairs Unit's monthly magazine Standpoint, which Johnson said would, "challenge myths such as multiculturalism or political correctness, which [are] stifling comment on anything from the environment to religion."[4]


  • Luke Johnson, Daniel Johnson's younger brother, is a millionaire venture capitalist and newspaper commentator. Their father Paul Johnson is a prominent right-wing journalist and historian.
  • Student Rights - advisory board member


  1. JOHNSON, Daniel Benedict’, Who's Who 2010, A & C Black, 2010; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2009 ; online edn, Nov 2009 [Accessed 8 Sept 2010]
  2. Debrett's People of Today (Debrett's Peerage Ltd, November 2007)
  3. Debrett's People of Today (Debrett's Peerage Ltd, November 2007)
  4. Margareta Pagano, 'Can 'Prospect' and 'Standpoint' be the best of enemies?', 20 April 2008.