[war] Simpson of Kabul — the Guardian profiles at John Simpson and does a brief history of war correpondants such as Max Hastings… ‘Hastings, then a 38-year-old reporter for the Evening Standard, single-handedly “took” Port Stanley when he walked alone through the British lines on the last day of the Falklands war. Hastings, son of the war correspondent Macdonald Hastings, said: “I thought, if I can walk up that road and get there first and survive and not get shot, I can bore everybody to death for the next 20 years talking about it.” Other correspondents called him “an insufferably pompous, bumptious egotist”.’ [Related: Steve Bell on John Simpson]

Profile of John Simpson

This entry was posted on Wednesday, November 14th, 2001 at 12:31 pm and is filed under People.

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From John Simpson’s bio: ‘On his first day as BBC reporter, in 1970, he was punched in the stomach by Harold Wilson at Euston station, in response to being asked if he was going to call a general election.’

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