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

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Politics
23 July 2001
The careerist wing of the Conservative Party, which for the past few weeks made itself indiscernible from the camp...
Politics
16 July 2001
The first round of the Tory leadership contest seemed to sum it all up: they can't even organise one of those. I write...
Politics
18 June 2001
Brace yourselves, for we are about to see the Conservative Party at its most disgusting. There will be no aspect of...
Politics
09 April 2001
There were two reasons why some in the Tory party were dismayed by the postponement of the general election. The first...
05 March 2001
My faint memories of the 1967 foot-and-mouth outbreak are monochrome, but digitally enhanced by the events of recent...
Politics
29 January 2001
For a party used to splashing out to the point of extravagance when it comes to elections, the Tories have long feared...
Politics
25 December 2000
For all the glories of the English musical renaissance ushered in by Parry and Elgar a little more than a century ago,...
Politics
11 December 2000
As the Tory party had its convulsion over the future - or otherwise - of Michael Portillo, it was difficult to avoid...
Politics
18 September 2000
The Tories could not have wished for a better time to launch their draft manifesto, Believing in Britain, at the start...
21 August 2000
About 25 years ago, I saw in the street an MG TD sports car. She was pretty old then - they were made between 1949 and...
Politics
14 August 2000
When Ivan Massow, the homosexual businessman, was photographed with senior Labour figures to mark his "defection" from...
Politics
17 July 2000
The Conservative Party has had a good crow over the government's difficulties with Britain's entry into the European...
Politics
08 May 2000
Just after last October's Conservative Party conference, I bravely wrote in the New Statesman that the Tories were, at...
Politics
14 February 2000
By the weekend after his surprise sacking from the shadow cabinet, John Redwood at last knew why he had gone. It was...
Politics
07 February 2000
John Redwood has more of a sense of humour than he is credited with, as should have been obvious from his decision to...

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