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Sir Simon David Jenkins (born 10 June 1943) is a British newspaper columnist currently associated with The Guardian after fifteen years with News International titles. He was educated at Mill Hill School and St John's College, Oxford.

A former editor of The Times newspaper, he received a knighthood for services to journalism in the 2004 New Year honours.



English by birth, Jenkins has always lived in England, but his father, to whom he dedicated his 2008 book, Wales: Churches, Houses, Castles, was Welsh.

Jenkins started his career at Country Life magazine, then moved to the Times Educational Supplement and from there to the Evening Standard, before editing the "Insight" page of The Sunday Times.

He was editor of the London Evening Standard from 1976-78, and then political editor of The Economist magazine from 1979-86. After founding and editing The Sunday Times Books section, he was editor of The Times from 1990-92. On 28 January 2005, he announced he was leaving The Times and he joined The Guardian that summer after a break to write a book,[1] though he retained a column on The Sunday Times until late summer 2008.

He was a member of the Millennium Commission from February 1994 to Dec 2000.[2]

He has been on the Board of Trustees of The Architecture Foundation.

Since May 2005, he has been a contributing blogger at The Huffington Post.

From November 2008, he has served as chairman of the National Trust.

On 14 April 2009, The Guardian newspaper pulled down an article by Simon Jenkins after South African politician Jacob Zuma sued the paper for defamation.[3]

On 1 September 2009, writing in The Guardian about the abuse of history on the anniversary of World War Two, Jenkins accused Poles of "the most romantic and idiotic act of suicide of modern war."[4] On 21 September 2009, The Guardian was forced to publish an admission that the article "repeated a myth of the second world war, fostered by Nazi propagandists, when it said that Polish lancers turned their horses to face Hitler's panzers. There is no evidence that this occurred."[5]


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 (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 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


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Preceded by
Charles Wintour
Editor of the Evening Standard
Succeeded by
Charles Wintour
Preceded by
Charles Wilson
Editor of The Times
Succeeded by
Peter Stothard


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