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The website was conceived in 2008 and 2009 by the journalist, author and political analyst, Robin Shepherd, the owner of The Commentator. Shepherd built the site throughout 2010 and early 2011. It was launched in conjunction with political commentator Raheem Kassam, the site's Executive Editor. Since our launch in April 2011, Kassam brought on board the former Henry Jackson Society Research Assistant Dane Vallejo as Associate Editor, Alex Wickham as our UK Political Editor and Philip McMullen as The Commentator's cartoonist.
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