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Sir Simon David Jenkins FSA FRSL (born 10 June 1943) is a British author and newspaper columnist and editor. He served as editor of the Evening Standard
Evening Standard
from 1976 to 1978 and of The Times
The Times
from 1990 to 1992. Jenkins chaired the National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty from 2008 to 2014. He currently writes columns for both The Guardian
The Guardian
and Evening Standard.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Journalism 2.2 Books 2.3 Public appointments

3 Personal life and honours 4 Selected works 5 References 6 External links

Early life[edit] Jenkins is the son of theologian and United Reformed Church
United Reformed Church
minister Daniel Thomas Jenkins (1914–2002).[2] He was born in Birmingham. He was educated at Mill Hill School
Mill Hill School
and St John's College, Oxford, where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics.[1] Career[edit] Journalism[edit] After graduating from University of Oxford, Jenkins initially worked at Country Life magazine, before joining the Times Educational Supplement. He was then features editor and columnist on the Evening Standard before editing the Insight pages of The Sunday Times.[3][4] From 1976 to 1978 he was editor of the Evening Standard, before moving to become political editor of The Economist. He edited The Times
The Times
from 1990 to 1992, but since then has primarily worked as a columnist. In 1998 he received the What the Papers Say Journalist of the Year award. On 28 January 2005, he announced he was ending his 15-year association with The Times
The Times
to write a book before joining The Guardian
The Guardian
as a columnist. He retained a column at The Sunday Times
The Sunday Times
and was a contributing blogger at The Huffington Post.[5] He gave up both on becoming chairman of the National Trust in 2008, when he also resumed an occasional column for the London Evening Standard.[6] On 14 April 2009, The Guardian
The Guardian
newspaper withdrew one of his articles from its website after former African National Congress
African National Congress
leader and South African President Jacob Zuma
Jacob Zuma
sued the paper for defamation.[7] In February 2010, Jenkins, who had been in favour of the Falklands War, argued in a Guardian article that the Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
are an example of anachronistic British colonialism and should be handed over to Argentinian control. He said that they could be leased back under the auspices of the UN. He remarked that the 2,500 or so British islanders should not have an "unqualified veto on British government policy".[8] In March 2012, he stated on Question Time that Britain should begin negotiating the handover of the Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
to the Argentine government. Only his fellow panellist Alexei Sayle
Alexei Sayle
agreed; the others and the audience disapproved. In 2010 Jenkins spoke disparagingly[9] on the Radio 4 Today programme about the Shard, a skyscraper in south London. He was described as a "professional miserabilist" in The Londonist.[10] Jenkins has expressed varying opinions on the subject of national defence. In a piece in The Guardian
The Guardian
in 2010 he wrote that the government should "cut [defence], all £45 billion of it... With the end of the Cold War
Cold War
in the 1990s that threat [from global communism] vanished." However, he wrote in the same paper in 2016 in support of NATO
NATO
membership, saying: "It is a real deterrent, and its plausibility rests on the assurance of collective response."[11] Jenkins voted for the UK to Remain within the European Union in the United Kingdom European Union membership referendum, 2016
United Kingdom European Union membership referendum, 2016
arguing that leaving would provide Germany with dominance over the remainder of the union: "It would leave Germany effectively alone at the head of Europe, alternately hesitant and bullying" [12] Books[edit] Jenkins has written several books on the politics, history and architecture of England, including England's Thousand Best Churches[13] and England's Thousand Best Houses.[4] More recently in his A Short History of England, he argues that the British Empire
British Empire
"was a remarkable institution that dismantled itself in good order."[14] He wrote that England
England
is "the most remarkable country in European history."[15] Public appointments[edit] Jenkins served on the boards of British Rail
British Rail
1979–1990 and London Transport 1984–86. He was a member of the Millennium Commission from February 1994 to December 2000,[16] and has also sat on the Board of Trustees of The Architecture Foundation. From 1985 to 1990, he was deputy chairman of English Heritage.[4] In July 2008, it was announced that he had been chosen as the new chairman of the National Trust; he took over the post from William Proby in November of that year. Although Jenkins had in the past been critical of some aspects of the Trust's work, he said he was "very pleased" by his appointment, and that the Trust was "one of England's great institutions".[17] As chairman of the National Trust, a post he held until November 2014, Jenkins campaigned vociferously against the building of new houses, although according to then housing minister Nick Boles
Nick Boles
he himself owned "at least two homes".[18] Personal life and honours[edit]

Insignia of Knight Bachelor

Jenkins married the American actress Gayle Hunnicutt
Gayle Hunnicutt
in 1978; the couple had one son. They separated in 2008 and have since divorced.[19] He married Hannah Kaye in 2014.[20] Jenkins was appointed a Knight Bachelor
Knight Bachelor
for services to journalism in the 2004 New Year honours. Selected works[edit]

Simon Jenkins
Simon Jenkins
(1969) Education and Labour's Axe, Bow Publications, ISBN 0-900182-79-2 Simon Jenkins
Simon Jenkins
(1971) Here to Live: Study of Race Relations in an English Town Runnymede Trust, ISBN 0-902397-12-5 Simon Jenkins
Simon Jenkins
(1975) Landlords to London: Story of a Capital and Its Growth Constable, ISBN 0-09-460150-X Simon Jenkins
Simon Jenkins
(1979) Newspapers: The Power and the Money Faber, ISBN 0-571-11468-7 Simon Jenkins
Simon Jenkins
(1981) Newspapers Through the Looking-glass Manchester Statistical Society, ISBN 0-85336-058-8 Simon Jenkins
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
Simon Jenkins
and Anne Sloman (1985) With Respect, Ambassador: Enquiry into the Foreign Office BBC, ISBN 0-563-20329-3 Simon Jenkins
Simon Jenkins
(1986) The Market for Glory: Fleet Street Ownership in the Twentieth Century Faber and Faber, ISBN 0-571-14627-9 Simon Jenkins
Simon Jenkins
and Robert Ilson (1992) "The Times" English Style and Usage Guide Times Books ISBN 0-7230-0396-3 Simon Jenkins
Simon Jenkins
(1993) The Selling of Mary Davies and Other Writings John Murray, ISBN 0-7195-5298-2 Sir Max Hastings
Max Hastings
and Simon Jenkins
Simon Jenkins
(1992) Battle for the Falklands M Joseph, ISBN 0-7181-2578-9 Simon Jenkins
Simon Jenkins
(1994) Against the Grain, John Murray, ISBN 0-7195-5570-1 Simon Jenkins
Simon Jenkins
(1995) Accountable to None: Tory Nationalization of Britain Hamish Hamilton, ISBN 0-241-13591-5 Simon Jenkins
Simon Jenkins
(1999) England's Thousand Best Churches Allen Lane, ISBN 0-7139-9281-6 Simon Jenkins
Simon Jenkins
(2003) England's Thousand Best Houses Allen Lane, ISBN 0-7139-9596-3 Simon Jenkins
Simon Jenkins
(2006) Thatcher & Sons – A Revolution in Three Acts Penguin, ISBN 978-0-7139-9595-4 Simon Jenkins
Simon Jenkins
(2008) "Wales: Churches, Houses, Castles" Allen Lane, ISBN 978-0-713-99893-1 Simon Jenkins
Simon Jenkins
(2011) A Short History of England
History of England
Profile Books, ISBN 978-1-84668-461-6

References[edit]

^ a b c "'JENKINS, (Sir) Simon David', Who's Who 2012, A & C Black, 2012; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2011". (subscription required) ^ Kaye, Elaine. "Jenkins, Daniel Thomas in OxfordDNB". Retrieved 20 October 2013.  ^ Timms, Dominic (27 January 2005). "Times columnist Simon Jenkins
Simon Jenkins
to join the Guardian". The Guardian. London: MediaGuardian. Retrieved 2 April 2010.  ^ a b c McSmith, Andy (5 July 2008). "Sir Simon Jenkins: History Man". London: The Independent. Retrieved 1 May 2010.  ^ Jenkins, Simon (9 September 2010). " Simon Jenkins
Simon Jenkins
@ The Huffington Post". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 15 September 2010.  ^ Ponsford, Dominic (19 January 2009). " Simon Jenkins
Simon Jenkins
column returns to Evening Standard". Press Gazette. Archived from the original on 16 June 2011. Retrieved 1 May 2010.  ^ "Zuma sues London's Guardian". South African Mail & Guardian. 14 April 2009. Retrieved 1 May 2010.  ^ Jenkins, Simon (25 February 2010). "Falklands... Britain's expensive nuisance". London: Guardian. Retrieved 27 February 2012.  ^ "A visually exciting building ... in the wrong place". BBC. 9 December 2010. Retrieved 19 January 2011.  ^ "Central Core of The Shard
The Shard
Tops Out". Londonist. 9 December 2010. Retrieved 19 January 2011.  ^ "War of Jenkins' ear". Private Eye. London: Pressdram Ltd. 2 September 2016.  ^ "I fear German dominance. That's why I'm for remaining in the EU". The Guardian. 2016-06-16. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-07-27.  ^ Jenkins, Simon (2003) "England's Thousand Best Churches", Manchester Memoirs; vol. 140 (2001–02), pp. 10–20 (part of a lecture he gave to the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society, 29 October 2001) ^ Oliver Kamm (3 September 2011). "Simon Jenkins's potted history of England". The Times.  ^ Simon Jenkins
Simon Jenkins
(24 September 2011). "The potent sweep of English history". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 25 September 2011.  ^ "Millennium Commissioners". Millennium Commission. Archived from the original on 30 March 2012. Retrieved 5 December 2009.  ^ Kennedy, Maev (3 July 2008). "Writer Simon Jenkins
Simon Jenkins
to chair National Trust". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 1 May 2010.  ^ McSmith, Andy. "And we still don't know how many homes Sir Simon has". The Independent. Archived from the original on 21 March 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2015.  ^ Eden, Richard (26 July 2008). "Sir Simon Jenkins's wife files for divorce". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 19 October 2016.  ^ Shakespeare, Sebastian (17 November 2014). "National Trust chief, 71, weds his young treasure". Daily Mail. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 

External links[edit]

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Preceded by Roy Wright Deputy Editor of the Evening Standard 1976 Succeeded by Richard Bourne

Preceded by Charles Wintour Editor of the Evening Standard 1976–1978 Succeeded by Charles Wintour

Preceded by Charles Wilson Editor of The Times 1990–1992 Succeeded by Peter Stothard

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Editors of The Times
The Times
and the Sunday Times

The Times

1785: John Walter 1803: John Walter, 2nd 1812: John Stoddart 1817: Thomas Barnes 1841: John Delane 1877: Thomas Chenery 1884: George Earle Buckle 1912: Geoffrey Dawson 1919: Wickham Steed 1923: Geoffrey Dawson 1941: Robert Barrington-Ward 1948: William Francis Casey 1952: William Haley 1967: William Rees-Mogg 1981: Harold Evans 1982: Charles Douglas-Home 1985: Charles Wilson 1990: Simon Jenkins 1992: Peter Stothard 2002: Robert Thomson 2007: James Harding 2013: John Witherow

Sunday Times

1821: Henry White 1822: Daniel Whittle Harvey 1824: Clarkson 1828: Thomas Gaspey 1835: Unknown 1850: E. T. Smith 1858: E. W. Scale 1867: Edmund Scale 1874: Joseph Hatton 1881: Neville Bruce 1887: Phil Robinson 1890: Arthur William à Beckett 1893: Rachel Beer 1901: Leonard Rees 1932: William W. Hadley 1950: Harry Hodson 1961: Denis Hamilton 1967: Harold Evans 1981: Frank Giles 1983: Andrew Neil 1995: John Witherow 2013: Martin Ivens

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Identities VIAF: 35699106 LCCN: n50028079 ISNI: 0000 0001 1757 990X GND: 172168341 SUDOC: 077462025 BNF: cb1225

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