Simon Heffer

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The ‘art’ of stealing presented as English heritage

The publicity blurb about the two unpleasant criminals whom this dismal book romanticises says that they are ‘continuing their ancestors’…

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The art of political biography remains in intensive care if Giles Radice’s latest book is anything to go by, says Simon Heffer

With the odd exception — I think principally of Charles Moore’s life of Margaret Thatcher — the genre of political…

From ‘The Temptation of Eve’: detail of glass from Ely Cathedral designed by Pugin, 1858

Cambridge, showcase for modernism (and how costly it is to fix)

The Pevsner architectural guides are around halfway through their revisions — though it is like the Forth Bridge, and soon…


What will it take for us to stop doing business with Qatar?

Qatari money has flooded into London – but also into much less savoury places

Who’s afraid of Vladimir Putin?

Stand up to a bully

If only European leaders were more like Tony Abbott

Rolf Harris CBE, child abuser

Be grateful this criminal left your lucky country

On the list of trusted Australians, ‘Rolfie’ would be several thousand rungs below Ned Kelly

The Annual Cowal Highland Games

Vote yes, Scots – and set the English free

Scottish independence would indeed be a disaster – but only for the Scots


Little Scotlanders

If  Scotland votes for independence on 18 September, it will be the end of Great Britain. And thanks to Pommie cynicism, selfishness and comic incompetence, it could happen

The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Tour Australia And New Zealand - Day 14

Why we love the Cambridges

The visiting Royals are more like film stars than royalty, following the template set by the Duke’s late mother


More British than Britain

In the interests of a more civilised world, let the Commonwealth leaders trump democratic values

Alice Springs - Australia

Tony is soft on crime

The only way to stop aggressive drunks is for the state to become even more aggressive with them

Psychological victory: Mitchell Johnson and team-mates

Hubris and humiliation

How to account for the collapse of the English cricket team? Hint: it has little to do with Aussie brilliance

Manmohan Singh (Photo: Getty)

Grand delusions?

So what is the point of the Commonwealth in this day and age?

How we have covered the Prince

In praise of our future King

Far from being agitated, restless and frustrated, the 65-year-old heir to the throne is ready for prime time


Pass the torch

If only Britain had sound conservatives such as John Howard and Tony Abbott

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Australia

If only Tories had a Tony

The new PM is a role model for British conservatives

Tom Watson resigns shadow cabinet role

Don’t listen to this foreigner

The British anti-Murdoch Labour MP has no right to interfere in Australia’s election on Labor’s behalf


Kevin Rudd is just like Tony Blair

And that is no compliment


Falling wickets

Cricket’s slow trudge back to the pavilion

England from above

A highbrow vision of our country

Failing the Test

Subsidy has destroyed the moral fibre of county cricket

The biography of a nobody

A biography of Ed Miliband has to try hard not to be the sort of thing one buys as a present for someone one avidly dislikes.

Fair is foul

By the time one has waded to page 22 of Them and Us, through what may most politely be described as a stream of consciousness, assailed by random thoughts and plangent expression larded with clichés, one starts to wonder what the point is in going on.


Capturing the last of England

The book is interesting because it has insights and novelty, not least in taking a period and a culture regarded by many as second best compared with what was happening elsewhere at the time, and shows it to have been enlightened, intelligent and full of beauty.


Simon Heffer opens his diary