The Columnist
Simon Jenkins
  Richard Ingrams
  Simon Kelner
  David Barlow
  Judith Winnan
  Andrew Goodfellow
  Clare Tomalin
  Dotti Irving







April 4, 1990

Dear Simon,

From Chairman of the B(ritish) R(ail)environmental panel to Times editorship in one fell swoop – congratulations! I don’t think it’s ever been done before. In fact I checked with the Guinness Book of Records and they confirmed this. The other way round it’s quite common – many an editor has fallen on evil days and taken a cushy BR committee to help with the train fare – but never going up. They were pretty cagey at Guinness, actually. Maybe it’s because my opening remark was ‘Ernest Sunders here – I’ve got some facts which I think the Guinness Record people ought to know about.’

Anyway, now, when people have stopped congratulating you and started expecting you to turn the paper into a great paper again, even a good one if necessary, is when you need another message of congratulations. So here it is.

Ok. Now get down to turning the paper around.