Simon Heffer is a journalist, author and political commentator, who has worked for long stretches at the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail. He has written biographies of Thomas Carlyle, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Enoch Powell, and reviews and writes on politics for the New Statesman.
Two new books reveal how the multifaceted man behind the 19th century's most famous sporting icon.
Cameron must manage a majority even smaller than John Major’s while delivering an inevitably divisive referendum.
The governing class has a habit of making up the constitution. It's time they showed a commitment to it.
Most Tories still believe they will be the largest party because of what seems certain to happen to Labour in Scotland and because of the gains they expect to make from the Lib Dems.
Is the optimism from Conversative MPs collective delusion, or do they know something we don't? Simon Heffer probes the factors hidden from the polls.
Winners: and How They Succeed claims to praise boldness - but often just praises bullshit.
Another hung parliament and the ill-conceived Fixed Term Parliaments Act could compromise the country's constitution.
Our unquestioning idolatry of Winston Churchill prevents a true understanding of his life and career.
How did a hamlet in Belgium become immortalised in the names of streets, districts, parks and buildings all over Britain? These five books, published in anticipation of the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo, explain why.
To those on the right, the end of the Iron Curtain 25 years ago was a moral and ideological victory – but they have found some of the consequences dismaying.
We notice you have ad blocking software enabled. Support the New Statesman’s quality, independent journalism by contributing now — and this message will disappear for the next 30 days.
If we cannot support the site on advertising revenue, we will have to introduce a pay wall — meaning fewer readers will have access to our incisive analysis, comprehensive culture coverage and groundbreaking long reads.