Saturday, July 4, 2015   

Guardian’s witty columnist Hoggart dies
(01-06 18:55)

Simon Hoggart, the veteran Guardian journalist, has died at the age of 67 after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer, the British newspaper said.
Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger said: “Simon was a terrific reporter and columnist –
and a great parliamentary sketch writer.
“He wrote with mischief and a sometimes acid eye about the theatre of politics. But he wrote from a position of sophisticated knowledge and respect for parliament.
“A daily reading of his sketch told you things about the workings of Westminster which no news story could ever convey. He will be much missed by readers and his colleagues.''
Hoggart's final dispatch from the House of Commons was published on December 5, the day after finance minister George Osborne's upbeat autumn economic statement.
He described British Prime Minister David Cameron as smiling “like the Cheshire cat after a large sherry'' and remarked on the surprisingly cheerful lawmaker Andrew Tyrie, “a man who smiles as often as an undertaker whose budgie has just died.’’
Hoggart fought cancer for three and a half years.
He died in a London hospital on Sunday, the newspaper said.
   
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