Cricket’s slow trudge back to the pavilion
A highbrow vision of our country
Subsidy has destroyed the moral fibre of county cricket
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.
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.
The book is interesting because it has insights and novelty, not least in taking a period and a culture regarded by many as second best compared with what was happening elsewhere at the time, and shows it to have been enlightened, intelligent and full of beauty.
Simon Heffer opens his diary
Israel Rank, by Roy Horniman
Simon Heffer on Biarritz
Simon Heffer looks for Christmas presents online; and takes a stroll round Piccadilly
Simon Heffer finds a perfect little treat in Ambonnay
Simon Heffer loved Sicily, but he was relieved to find his car where he left it
Rosemary Ashton has rather cornered the market in dissecting the lives of the intellectual movers and shakers of early Victorian…
Simon Heffer gives Amsterdam the green light
Very naff, the Dordogne, isn’t it?
Simon Heffer on why he’s never lost for words
One of Sir Mark Thatcher’s friends once told him he was ‘born guilty’. Many, including the two authors of this…
Oh for the days when the BBC saw the need at least to pretend to be impartial
How the anti-intellectual Tory party has betrayed the legacy of Maurice Cowling
Simon Heffer on the latest front in the war against field sports
Mr Byers had lied to the Commons and should resign immediately
The Tory beauty contest is enough to bring on an attack of terminal revulsion
A pointless, grotesque and quite repulsive act of grandstanding
Simon Heffer says that Michael Howard must remain Tory leader, and the party must return to its belief in small government and deregulation
From the timing of Michael Crick’s book on the Leader of the Opposition we can surmise that the author, like…