Anthony Barnett

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Born28 November 1942
co-founder of openDemocracy (UK)

Employment.png Director

In office
November 1988 - October 1995
Succeeded byAndrew Puddephatt

Employment.png Founder

In office
2001 - Present
Preceded byDominik Suter

Anthony Barnett is a co-founder of openDemocracy with Paul Hilder, Susie Richards and David Hayes, and was its Editor and then its Editor-in-Chief until 2007. He is co-Editor of OurKingdom, its UK section.[1]


Anthony Barnett was the first Director of Charter88 from 1988 to 1995, and co-Director of the Convention on Modern Liberty (2008–2009) with Henry Porter[2]

A former member of the editorial committee of New Left Review, Barnett writes for the New Statesman and the Guardian. He has also written for Prospect magazine. He conceived the television film England's Henry Moore (1988), which concerned the sculptor's co-option by the British establishment.

EU Referendum

As both a passionate European and a long time campaigner for democracy and liberty, Anthony Barnett analysed the EU Referendum in openDemocracy, writing a weekly overview, "Blimey, it could be Brexit!"[3] Now, he's building on this to write a forensic explanation of why Brexit happened and a call to action: "Where we go from here? Britain after Brexit". It is being published by Unbound and Barnett has to crowd fund the book with advance subscriptions and then write it by November 2016. Unbound will publish and distribute early in the new year. Barnett says:

"On the night of 23rd June the country signalled a democratic intent to stop being a member of the European Union. It did not stop being European – and Europe’s positive ambitions of cooperation, civility, progress and enlightened hope live on. As Europeans we can still keep this flame alive. If this is what you want – then this is a book for you."[4]


A writer and organiser he is the author of:

  • Aftermath, Vietnam and Cambodia (1982) with John Pilger ISBN 978-0-900962-11-0
  • Iron Britannia, Why Parliament Waged its Falklands War (1982) ISBN 978-0-85031-493-9
  • Soviet Freedom (1988) ISBN 978-0-09-175871-4
  • Debating the Constitution (1992) with Caroline Ellis and Paul Hirst ISBN 978-0-7456-1199-0
  • Power and the Throne (1994), drawn from the Charter 88 monarchy debate ISBN 978-0-09-939311-5
  • This Time - Our Constitutional Revolution (1997) ISBN 978-0-09-926858-1
  • Town and Country (1999) edited with Roger Scruton ISBN 978-0-224-05254-2
  • The Athenian Option, Radical reform of the House of Lords with Peter Cary (2008) ISBN 978-1-84540-139-9

External links


A Document by Anthony Barnett

TitleDocument typePublication dateSubject(s)Description
Document:Where we go from here - Britain after BrexitArticle28 August 2016Theresa May
Jeremy Corbyn
2016 EU Referendum
Analysis of the so-called "Brexit" referendum result and prognosis for the future of the UK by a "passionate European" who wants to "keep the European flame alive".
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