Simon Jenkins


Here we go again: the drumbeat for sending troops back to Iraq has begun

Why our politicians keep going back to military intervention, no matter how often it fails

Detail relief depicting warriors on horses, from Palace of Ashurbanipal, Nineveh, Iraq

When Isis destroy ancient monuments, it’s not always true that ‘people are more important’

The perfect retaliation to Isis is to repair and rebuild what they destroy


The myth of the housing crisis

The coalition is letting developers concrete over the countryside, but that won’t help young people buy houses

Construction Of Europe's Largest Manmade Coastal Nature Reserve Begins On Wallasea Island

Who are you calling a blob, Owen Paterson?

Owen Paterson shouldn’t hold green activists responsible for his sacking. The culprit was David Cameron


Simon Jenkins's notebook: Why a wind farm will never be as beautiful as a railway viaduct

Until I plotted a book on England’s best views I had not realised how much people cared. Ask them to…

The church of Owlpen, in the heart of the Cotswolds

Nostalgic nationalist piety

Roger Scruton’s vision of a tolerant, age-old Anglicanism — church bells echoing over the countryside, calling the faithful to prayer — doesn’t ring true to Simon Jenkins


Simon Jenkins opens his Diary


Who do you Trust?

It’s not ‘vulgar’ or ‘patronising’ to make National Trust properties more appealing. Stephen Bayley should back off

Complete the Thatcher revolution

Simon Jenkins says that the Iron Lady’s work will not be complete without the devolution of power to local communities. Is the Tory leader ready to embrace this mission?

Nobody has been left out

Histories of Victorian London now come two a penny. They are the left-wing historian’s answer to biographies of Good Queen…

People power

Simon Jenkins on why the Tory party should campaign to restore power to local communities

Nothing to fear but fear itself

Simon Jenkins says that Tony Blair’s Sedgefield speech was just another attempt by the Prime Minister to scare us into believing that we are all in mortal danger. We are not

Speaking of God

Where is England’s smallest church? The question must have preoccupied nerdish retired vicars for centuries and is probably best answered…

Famous and forgotten faces

Paperback edition £29.95 I was much attached to Kaled. She stood at the corner of Fleet Street and Chancery Lane,…