Simon Jenkins is Chairman of the National Trust and one of Britain's most prominent journalists. He writes a column for the Guardian, has edited both the Evening Standard and The Times, and has written many books on politics, history and architecture, including England's Thousand Best Churches and England's Thousand Best Houses, both published by Penguin. His most recent book was Thatcher and Sons. He is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and lives in London and Aberdyfi.
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Hilarious, incisive portraits28 Jun. 1997
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Even though I don't share Critchley's political leanings (until his retirement from politics, he was one of the most prominent "wet" Tory critics of Thatcherism), his portraits of Mrs Thatcher's men (and one woman -- Edwina Currie) are so well- etched (in acid ink) that one can't help chuckling or even at times bursting into laughter. For instance, he points out that in any group photo of Thatcherites, you would have immediately recognised Nick Ridley -- he was the one with the cigarette. Some of the humour may not be apparent to those who haven't closely followed British politics, though.