Reagan is the only man to take the presidency as a part-time job, a means of filling up the otherwise empty hours of retirement.
Hoggart's Guardian column 11 Sep 2004
Seeing John Major govern the country is like watching Edward Scissorhands try to make balloon animals.Simon Hoggart
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.Simon Hoggart
Mr Arbuthnot did not respond, but sat with a thin, weak smile, like winter sunshine upon a coffin lid.Simon Hoggart
Peter Mandelson is the only man I know who can skulk in broad daylight.Simon Hoggart