Simon Heffer

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…

Mass For Four Voices

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…

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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’…

Sir Winston Churchill and Earl Clement Attlee Photo: Getty

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

Qatari money has flooded into London – but also into much less savoury places

Who’s afraid of Vladimir Putin?

Stand up to a bully

26 July 2014 9:00 am

If only European leaders were more like Tony Abbott

The Annual Cowal Highland Games

Vote yes, Scots – and set the English free

5 July 2014 9:00 am

Scottish independence would indeed be a disaster – but only for the Scots

Rolf Harris CBE, child abuser

Be grateful this criminal left your lucky country

5 July 2014 9:00 am

On the list of trusted Australians, ‘Rolfie’ would be several thousand rungs below Ned Kelly


Little Scotlanders

7 June 2014 9:00 am

If  Scotland votes for independence on 18 September, it will be the end of Great Britain. And thanks to Pommie cynicism, selfishness and comic incompetence, it could happen

The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Tour Australia And New Zealand - Day 14

Why we love the Cambridges

26 April 2014 9:00 am

The visiting Royals are more like film stars than royalty, following the template set by the Duke’s late mother


More British than Britain

8 March 2014 9:00 am

In the interests of a more civilised world, let the Commonwealth leaders trump democratic values

Alice Springs - Australia

Tony is soft on crime

18 January 2014 9:00 am

The only way to stop aggressive drunks is for the state to become even more aggressive with them

Psychological victory: Mitchell Johnson and team-mates

Hubris and humiliation

11 January 2014 9:00 am

How to account for the collapse of the English cricket team? Hint: it has little to do with Aussie brilliance

Manmohan Singh (Photo: Getty)

Grand delusions?

16 November 2013 9:00 am

So what is the point of the Commonwealth in this day and age?

How we have covered the Prince

In praise of our future King

9 November 2013 9:00 am

Far from being agitated, restless and frustrated, the 65-year-old heir to the throne is ready for prime time


Pass the torch

5 October 2013 9:00 am

If only Britain had sound conservatives such as John Howard and Tony Abbott

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Australia

If only Tories had a Tony

14 September 2013 9:00 am

The new PM is a role model for British conservatives

Tom Watson resigns shadow cabinet role

Don’t listen to this foreigner

31 August 2013 9:00 am

The British anti-Murdoch Labour MP has no right to interfere in Australia’s election on Labor’s behalf


Kevin Rudd is just like Tony Blair

17 August 2013 9:00 am

And that is no compliment


Falling wickets

27 July 2013 9:00 am

Cricket’s slow trudge back to the pavilion

England from above

6 August 2011 12:00 am

A highbrow vision of our country

Failing the Test

16 July 2011 12:00 am

Subsidy has destroyed the moral fibre of county cricket

The biography of a nobody

2 July 2011 12:00 am

A biography of Ed Miliband has to try hard not to be the sort of thing one buys as a present for someone one avidly dislikes.

Fair is foul

16 October 2010 12:00 am

By the time one has waded to page 22 of Them and Us, through what may most politely be described as a stream of consciousness, assailed by random thoughts and plangent expression larded with clichés, one starts to wonder what the point is in going on.