Simon Heffer

It’s easy to forget how undemocratic Europe was 50 years ago

5 October 2019 9:00 am

The subtitle of Simon Reid-Henry’s substantial work indicates its thesis: ‘The remaking of the West since the Cold War, 1971–2017.’…

Diary

21 September 2019 9:00 am

When a few months ago my friend Tom Switzer – former editor of this magazine and now director of the…

There’s no place quite like Excellent Essex

14 September 2019 9:00 am

Those who think Essex is boring, or a human waste bin into which only the most meretricious people find themselves…

Demonstration of right-wing ‘patriots’ in Lower Saxony, 2019. Credit: Rex Features

Where is the rise of neo-Nazism around Europe leading?

30 March 2019 9:00 am

‘Why would anyone write a historical study of it?’ asks Gavriel Rosenfeld about the Fourth Reich at the start of…

Adam Smith circa 1775; medallion by Tassie

Adam Smith analysed human behaviour, not economics, says Simon Heffer

21 July 2018 9:00 am

Jesse Norman is one of only three or four genuine intellectuals on the Tory benches in the House of Commons.…

The best single-volume history of the Great War yet written

5 May 2018 9:00 am

The historiography of the Great War is stupendous, the effects of the conflict being so far-reaching that even today historians…

HMS Agamemnon lays the first Atlantic telegraph cable between Trinity Bay and Valentia Island

The 1850s: a dizzying decade of boom and bust

26 March 2016 9:00 am

We can all identify decades in which the world moved forward. Wars are not entirely negative experiences: the social and…

A Horrible History of English Hymns

12 December 2015 9:00 am

Given that for much of English history the country’s main musical tradition was that connected with the church, it is…

The ‘art’ of stealing presented as English heritage

13 June 2015 9:00 am

The publicity blurb about the two unpleasant criminals whom this dismal book romanticises says that they are ‘continuing their ancestors’…

The art of political biography remains in intensive care if Giles Radice’s latest book is anything to go by, says Simon Heffer

21 March 2015 9:00 am

With the odd exception — I think principally of Charles Moore’s life of Margaret Thatcher — the genre of political…

From ‘The Temptation of Eve’: detail of glass from Ely Cathedral designed by Pugin, 1858

Cambridge, showcase for modernism (and how costly it is to fix)

13 December 2014 9:00 am

The Pevsner architectural guides are around halfway through their revisions — though it is like the Forth Bridge, and soon…

What will it take for us to stop doing business with Qatar?

4 October 2014 9:00 am

On 17 June, a meeting of the Henry Jackson Society, held in the House of Commons, discussed (according to the…

Who’s afraid of Vladimir Putin?

Stand up to a bully

26 July 2014 9:00 am

Tony Abbott’s clarion call for action against Russia after the shooting down of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine…

Vote yes, Scots – and set the English free

5 July 2014 9:00 am

It is a sign of how no one expects Scotland to vote yes in September that no serious planning has…

Rolf Harris CBE, child abuser

Be grateful this criminal left your lucky country

5 July 2014 9:00 am

It is not the least tragic aspect of the case of Rolf Harris that when Reader’s Digest Australia compiled a…

Little Scotlanders

7 June 2014 9:00 am

 London. Australians are well known as admirers of the Ealing comedy, and no art form has ever been invented that…

Why we love the Cambridges

26 April 2014 9:00 am

 London Here in Britain we have rather marvelled at the welcome our Australasian cousins have given the Duke and Duchess…

More British than Britain

8 March 2014 9:00 am

I went to the Falkland Islands last month. The territory is at something of a turning-point in its history. There…

Tony is soft on crime

18 January 2014 9:00 am

  London. One of the many reasons why I, and countless other tourists, love visiting Australia is that I can…

Psychological victory: Mitchell Johnson and team-mates

Hubris and humiliation

11 January 2014 9:00 am

It is a challenge to write about England’s preposterously dismal performance in the Test series without dealing more in the…

Grand delusions?

16 November 2013 9:00 am

This week’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting has provoked dissent unusual, these days, within this rather anodyne, harmless and ineffectual…

In praise of our future King

9 November 2013 9:00 am

On 14 November the Prince of Wales reaches his 65th birthday, the age when, in Britain, he would in almost…

Pass the torch

5 October 2013 9:00 am

  London.   Australia’s Liberal party has perhaps more good fortune than it realises. Its present leader and Prime Minister,…

If only Tories had a Tony

14 September 2013 9:00 am

We woke up in England last Sunday morning to hear the good news from Down Under, pleased for our Australian…

Don’t listen to this foreigner

31 August 2013 9:00 am

 London There is a long and distinguished history of people — usually journalists — observing and commenting upon the politics…