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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.
Successive governments have failed to invest in care for the elderly. Now the NHS is paying the price.
Can Boris Johnson’s Conservatives really hold on to former Labour voters in the party’s old heartlands?
That is why calling an election represents a very high-risk strategy for the Tories.
In her bicentenary year interest in Queen Victoria is greater than ever: but she was almost entirely uneducated and understood neither her people nor the constitution, and her greatest achievement was to live for so long
The appointment of the combative Dominic Cummings as a senior No 10 adviser has alienated the Brexit Party.
The new prime minister is despised by many of those Tory MPs who now publicly support him. Can he command a party that is so bitterly split?
As defence secretary, Williamson’s ruthless manoeuvring unsettled even some of the most cynical observers of the game.
Such is the tribal desperation of some Tory MPs to keep their seats, they believe Johnson can dupe the public as effectively as he has duped them.
HG Wells is best known for his science fiction, but in Tono-Bungay the alien invaders are those attempting to climb the social ladder.
It is all about her, even if that means killing the party she loves: the ultimate example of a love that is utterly destructive.