At the age of 90, Lord David Young, a British-Jewish member of the House of Lords who advised British Conservative governments under Margaret Thatcher and David Cameron, passed away Thursday.
Before and after being a go-to government fixer for Thatcher, Young also operated Jewish charities and worked as a businessman.
Young’s appointment by Thatcher to his first political position as a privatization advisor is famously cited as saying: “Other people bring me issues. David provides me with answers.
Tom Gross, a British journalist, and authority on international affairs claim that throughout Young’s lengthy political career, he also utilized his position to advance the concerns of British Jewry and fight for improved relations between Israel and the United Kingdom.
Gross told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that David Young “did a huge amount not just for Britain but for British Jews and significantly impacted both Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and David Cameron in establishing their more positive opinions of Israel.”
Young, a working-class Jew born in 1932 and raised in North London, is the grandson of Jewish immigrants from the Russian Empire.
Joseph’s father started as a grain importer before transitioning into the clothing business.
Even though he had long been a Conservative party supporter, he had no problem criticizing its leaders in his later years.
He described Boris Johnson as the antithesis of Thatcher and as “extremely intelligent, highly able but very lazy,” according to the Guardian.
Due to how he handled Brexit, he added that Cameron lacked “seichel,” a Hebrew word for intelligence.
His wife, Lita, and daughters, Karen and Judith, have survived him.