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
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...
Politics
10 January 2000
It has become a staple of William Hague's tough-guy act that he glories in taking attacks, as he puts it, "in his...
Politics
20 December 1999
Of the many significant events of the year 2000, there is one we should mark with special joy. It is the centenary of...
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29 November 1999
I have drunk Lord Archer's Krug and eaten his shepherd's pie: you would expect no less of your Conservative Party...
Politics
08 November 1999
There is a growing feeling among that endangered species called the Conservative rank and file that a corner has been...
Politics
04 October 1999
In the theatre of the absurd that will be Blackpool next week, the Conservative Party should remember one thing above...
Politics
20 September 1999
We shall not know for sure whether Michael Portillo's homosexual confessions have done him any harm until after the...
30 August 1999
I have had yet another notification that I have been reported to the Press Complaints Commission for something written...
Politics
16 August 1999
It was on the day last week that the newspapers were full of stories about the housing shortage and the rocketing price...
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26 July 1999
It was about 18 months ago when a senior figure in the Conservative Party warned me to keep an eye open for the...
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28 June 1999
On my way into Lord's on the morning of the World Cup final, I and others heading for the turnstiles were addressed...
Politics
21 June 1999
While South Africa were losing to Australia on Sunday 13 June, I found myself watching a far more civilised game of...
Politics
14 June 1999
After watching the India-Pakistan grudge match on Tuesday, it became quite clear to me what steps the England and Wales...
Politics
07 June 1999
In recent days I have had a fantasy about the World Cup which, thanks to England's defeat by India and Zimbabwe's...
Politics
31 May 1999
I am not, to be honest with you, entirely sure I'm the right man to be writing this column. I love cricket but, from...

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