Prospect (magazine)

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Prospect (magazine) was launched by its editor David Goodhart in October 1995. It is part of Prospect Publishing Limited.[1]

Intelligence contacts

David Goodhart admitted to journalist Solomon Hughes that he had met with intelligence officials a number of times:

John Scarlett Junior, son of MI6 boss John Scarlett, worked as an intern at Prospect in late 2007. Goodhart told me: ‘There was no connection with his father over his appointment.’ However, Goodhart said that ‘I did subsequently meet his father at a seminar and he thanked me for giving his son some useful experience.’
Goodhart also told me about ‘meeting security service people at a couple of seminars’ and ‘one dinner’. Goodhart downplayed these meetings with MI5 officials, but added, ‘Yes I support the security services, don't you?’[2]

Hassan Butt

Journalist Aatish Taseer interviewed the British jihadist Hassan Butt for a an article which appeared inthe August 2005 edition of Prospect.[3]

A second interview with Butt, by journalist Shiv Malik, appeared in Prospect in 2007.[4]

The number of mentions of Butt in Prospect prompted Solomon Hughes to wonder whether the magazine had been pointed to him by the security services:

editor Goodhart said that, ‘I did once hear that the services regard the Shiv Malik piece on 7/7 as essential reading inside the “security state”’ and added: ‘a Pentagon official once said the same.’
Goodhart went on to say: ‘if Hassan Butt has now been "exposed" as a liar and fantasist we were certainly not the only ones taken in – there was a big Newsnight interview - and big pieces in several nationals.’[5]


Editorial Staff

Publishing Staff

Contributing Editors

Philip Ball | Barry Cox | Anthony Dworkin | Catherine Fieschi | Jonathan Ford | Dean Godson | AC Grayling | David Herman | Robert Jackson | Josef Joffe | Anatole Kaletsky | Philippe Legrain | Michael Lind | John Lloyd | Jean McCrindle | Oliver Morton | Toby Mundy | Kamran Nazeer | Jonathan Power | Ayanna Prevatt-Goldstein | Katharine Quarmby | Alex Renton | Ben Rogers | Erik Tarloff[8]


External Resources


  1. About, Prospect, accessed 22 February 2010.
  2. Solomon Hughes, Whose Prospect? (pdf), Lobster 58, Winter 2009/10, p.85.
  3. Aatish Taseer, A British Jihadist, Prospect, 28 July 2005.
  4. Shiv Malik, My brother the bomber, Prospect, 30 June 2007.
  5. Solomon Hughes, Whose Prospect? (pdf), Lobster 58, Winter 2009/10, p.85.
  6. Staff, Prospect, accessed 22 February 2010.
  7. Staff, Prospect, accessed 22 February 2010.
  8. Staff, Prospect, accessed 22 February 2010.