Articles By Simon Heffer
 
April 2014
 
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March 2014
In 1914 the German people wanted war no more than the British
 
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January/February 2014
The greatest American movie of all time was made in 1946 and you'll never have heard of it
 
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December 2013
 
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November 2013
We shouldn’t be satisfied with solidly utilitarian coins, stamps and the dreaded “street furniture”. Good design can be incredibly heartening
 
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October 2013
British television today is rubbish. But boxed sets — especially those dramas from America — are like bottles of fine wine, waiting to be consumed at the perfect moment
 
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September 2013
The fact that most of today's comedians are left-wing isn't necessarily the reason they aren't funny. It's because they aren't very bright
 
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July/August 2013
The grand old towns of the south coast have certainly lost some of their former glory, but there is no reason why their best days should not be ahead of them
 
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July/August 2013
In his biography of the statesman, Jesse Norman presents Burke as of seminal importance to today’s conservatism, and to Cameron’s government. He isn’t.
 
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June 2013
The reputation of one of England's finest composers has been indelibly stained by his refusal to fight in the Second World War
 
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May 2013
Teacher, philanthropist, founder of the Royal College of Music — Sir Hubert Parry was so much more than a composer of England's finest songs
 
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April 2013
It it a great paradox that our culture glorifies celebrity chefs when, as a nation, we increasingly refuse to spend money feeding ourselves
 
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March 2013
Martin Heidegger's apparent denazification after the — with the help of Jewish lover Hannah Arendt — requires further examination
 
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January/February 2013
A long time blacklisted by the snobbish BBC, George Lloyd is the greatest English symphonist you've never heard of
 
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December 2012
A new wave of rarefied history is the perfect antidote to the ubiquitous TV-celeb historians
 
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November 2012
Far from being a diluted form of the orchestral work, piano transcriptions often reveal hidden depths to old favourites
 
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October 2012
A provocative new book by Jonathan Meades asks us to reassess the value of the under-appreciated metropolitan environment
 
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September 2012
While woeful arts coverage on ITV and the BBC looks beyond saving, the two Sky Arts channels offer brave, and often unpredictable, film-making
 
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July/August 2012
For too long the Proms showcased foreign music. Now, under Roger Wright, it is well and truly a Great British festival
 
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June 2012
The Normans embellished Saxon churches but they also built their own, and there is nowhere better to admire their artistry than Herefordshire
 
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May 2012

Public displays of emotion, sequins, ear studs and nancy boy's clothes: where have all the men's men gone?

 
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April 2012
Kathleen Ferrier's wonderful career was cut short by her death at 41 in 1953. Thankfully plenty of the contralto's songs were committed to vinyl
 
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March 2012
Learning a foreign tongue opens up an entirely new spectrum of cultural rewards, yet state schools are failing to emphasise their importance
 
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January/February 2012
For too long British classical music has gone unheard. Thankfully, what was once deemed a "guilty pleasure" is now getting regular airtime
 
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December 2011
Nostalgia for the war runs deep in our cultural memory; Matthew Sweet's new book shows why
 
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November 2011
Despite the current success of England's test team, the county game is at an all-time cricketing low. It needs a dramatic overhaul
 
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October 2011
 
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September 2011
Nikolaus Pevsner was the man who catalogued England. His project is well worth another read
 
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November 2010
The teaching of grammar should be at the heart of the school syllabus. Without it we are killing intellectual curiosity
 
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May 2009
Why Atlas Shrugged, the libertarian's bible, is back in the bestseller lists
 
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September 2008
Radio stations and record companies are finally giving our native composers some exposure - now it's up to us to listen
 
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About Simon Heffer

Simon Heffer is a political columnist at the Daily Mail and the author of Power and Place: The Political Consequences of King Edward VII. His latest book is High Minds: The Victorians and the Birth of Modern Britain (Random House).

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