Simon Hoggart

English journalist and broadcaster

Simon Hoggart (born 26 May 1946 - 5 January, 2014) was a British journalist and broadcaster.

Simon Hoggart in 2006

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  • Curiously, it is hard not to be a little optimistic about the future for Zimbabwe (as nobody at all calls it yet, except in political speeches). The fear is not that there will be mass slaughter of the whites, followed by their flight to South Africa and the collapse of the economy, but that the need to retain white confidence may mean that the blacks are badly disappointed.
  • Mr Arbuthnot did not respond, but sat with a thin, weak smile, like winter sunshine upon a coffin lid.
    • "Shadow Cabinet as Schoolroom", The Guardian (17 June 1997), p. 2. This parliamentary sketch is reprinted in Playing to the Gallery (Guardian Books, 2002)
  • I'm often amazed at the way politicians – who spend hours poring over opinion poll results in a desperate attempt to discover what the public thinks – are certain they know precisely what God's views are on everything.
  • He is the first man for 20 years to make the Presidency a part-time job, a means of filling up a few of the otherwise blank days of retirement.
  • The theory then is that while the economy continues to flounder under - the Conservatives (the current crop of Ministers reminds me of Edward Scissorhands trying to make balloon animals), they can get in a leader more to their liking.

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