Simon Jenkins
Sir Simon David Jenkins (born 10 June 1943) is a British newspaper
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 and author, and since November 2008 has been chairman of the National Trust
National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty
The National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty, usually known as the National Trust, is a conservation organisation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland...

. He currently writes columns for both The Guardian
The Guardian
The Guardian, formerly known as The Manchester Guardian , is a British national daily newspaper in the Berliner format...

and London's Evening Standard
Evening Standard
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, and was previously a commentator for The Times
The Times
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, which he edited from 1990 to 1992. He was educated at Mill Hill School
Mill Hill School
Mill Hill School, in Mill Hill, London, is a coeducational independent school for boarding and day pupils aged 13–18. It is a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference, an organisation of public schools in the United Kingdom....

 and St John's College
St John's College, Oxford
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, Oxford
University of Oxford
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A former editor of both The Times and the Evening Standard, he received a knighthood for services to journalism
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 in the 2004 New Year honours
British honours system
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He married the American actress Gayle Hunnicutt
Gayle Hunnicutt
Gayle, Lady Jenkins , known by her birth name Gayle Hunnicutt, is an American actress.-Personal life:Hunnicutt was born in Fort Worth, Texas, the daughter of Colonel Sam Lloyd Hunnicutt and Virginia Hunnicutt, and attended the University of California, Los Angeles. She worked as a fashion model...

 in 1978; the couple separated in 2008.


After graduating from Oxford, Jenkins worked initially at Country Life
Country Life (magazine)
Country Life is a British weekly magazine, based in London at 110 Southwark Street, and owned by IPC Media, a Time Warner subsidiary.- Topics :The magazine covers the pleasures and joys of rural life, as well as the concerns of rural people...

magazine, before joining the Times Educational Supplement
Times Educational Supplement
The Times Educational Supplement is a weekly UK publication aimed primarily at school teachers in the UK. It was first published in 1910 as a pull-out supplement in The Times newspaper. Such was its popularity that in 1914, the supplement became a separate publication selling for 1 penny.The TES...

and then editing the Sunday Times Insight
Insight (Sunday Times)
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 pages. From 1976 to 1978 he was editor of the Evening Standard, before moving to become political editor of the Economist
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. He edited The Times from 1990 to 1992, but since then has primarily worked as a columnist.

On 28 January 2005, he announced he was ending his 15-year association with The Times in order to write a book before joining the Guardian as an op-ed contributor, although he retained a column on the Sunday Times until late summer 2008. Since May 2005, he has been a contributing blogger at the Huffington Post. Since 2009, he has also written a column for the Tuesday edition of the London paper the Evening Standard
Evening Standard
The Evening Standard, now styled the London Evening Standard, is a free local daily newspaper, published Monday–Friday in tabloid format in London. It is the dominant regional evening paper for London and the surrounding area, with coverage of national and international news and City of London...


In 1998 he was named as the What the Papers Say
What the Papers Say
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journalist of the year, and in 2004 he received a knighthood for services to journalism. On 14 April 2009, the Guardian newspaper withdrew one of his articles from its website after ANC
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 leader and current South African president Jacob Zuma
Jacob Zuma
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 sued the paper for defamation.

In December 2010 he spoke on the Radio 4 Today Programme
Today programme
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about the Shard
Shard London Bridge
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, a skyscraper currently under construction in London. For this opinion he was described as a "professional miserabilist" in the Londonist.


Jenkins has written several books on politics, history and architecture, including England's Thousand Best Churches and England's Thousand Best Houses, more recently writing a history of England in which he argues that the British Empire "was a remarkable institution that dismantled itself in good order" and, more generally, that England is "the most remarkable country in European history".

Public appointments

He served on the Boards of British Rail
British Rail
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 1979-1990 and London Transport
London Transport
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 1984-86. He was a member of the Millennium Commission
Millennium Commission
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 from February 1994 to Dec 2000, and has also sat on the Board of Trustees of the Architecture Foundation. From 1985 to 1990, he was deputy chairman of English Heritage
English Heritage
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In July 2008, it was announced that he had been chosen as the new chairman of the National Trust
National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty
The National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty, usually known as the National Trust, is a conservation organisation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland...

, and took over the post from Sir William Proby in November of that year. Although he had in the past been critical of some aspects of the Trust's work, he described himself as being "very pleased" at the appointment, stating that the Trust was "one of England's great institutions".

Selected works

  • Simon Jenkins (1969) Education and Labour's Axe, Bow Pubns., ISBN 0-900182-79-2
  • Simon Jenkins (1971) Here to Live: Study of Race Relations in an English Town Runnymede Trust ISBN 0-902397-12-5
  • Simon Jenkins (1975) Landlords to London: Story of a Capital and Its Growth Constable, ISBN 0-09-460150-X
  • Simon Jenkins (1979) Newspapers: The Power and the Money Faber, ISBN 0-571-11468-7
  • Simon Jenkins (1981) Newspapers Through the Looking-glass Manchester Statistical Society, ISBN 0-85336-058-8
  • Simon Jenkins and Andrew Graham-Yooll
    Andrew Graham-Yooll
    Andrew Graham-Yooll was born in 1944 in Buenos Aires to a Scottish father and an English mother. He is the author of about twenty books, written in English and Spanish. A State of Fear has become a classic on the years of terror in Argentina. It was first published by Eland Books in...

     (1983) Imperial Skirmishes: War And Gunboat Diplomacy In Latin America Diane Publishing, ISBN 0-7567-7468-3
  • Simon Jenkins, Anne Sloman (1985) With Respect, Ambassador: Enquiry into the Foreign Office BBC, ISBN 0-563-20329-3
  • Simon Jenkins (1986) The Market for Glory: Fleet Street Ownership in the Twentieth Century Faber and Faber, ISBN 0-571-14627-9
  • Simon Jenkins and Robert Ilson (1992) "The Times" English Style and Usage Guide Times Books ISBN 0-7230-0396-3
  • Simon Jenkins (1993) The Selling of Mary Davies and Other Writings John Murray, ISBN 0-7195-5298-2
  • Max Hastings
    Max Hastings
    Sir Max Hugh Macdonald Hastings, FRSL is a British journalist, editor, historian and author. He is the son of Macdonald Hastings, the noted British journalist and war correspondent and Anne Scott-James, sometime editor of Harper's Bazaar.-Life and career:Hastings was educated at Charterhouse...

     and Simon Jenkins (1992) Battle for the Falklands M Joseph, ISBN 0-7181-2578-9
  • Simon Jenkins (1994) Against the Grain, John Murray, ISBN 0-7195-5570-1
  • Simon Jenkins (1995) Accountable to None: Tory Nationalization of Britain Hamish Hamilton, ISBN 0-241-13591-5
  • Simon Jenkins (1999) England's Thousand Best Churches Allen Lane, ISBN 0-7139-9281-6
  • Simon Jenkins (2003) England's Thousand Best Houses Allen Lane, ISBN 0-7139-9596-3
  • Simon Jenkins (2006) Thatcher & Sons - A Revolution in Three Acts Penguin, ISBN 9780713995954
  • Simon Jenkins (2011) A Short History of England Profile Books, ISBN 978-1-846-68461-6

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