Simon Tisdall

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Simon Tisdall (born 1953) is a columnist for The Guardian newspaper and an assistant editor of the publication.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Manchester and educated at Holland Park School in Kensington, one of the first comprehensives, which opened in 1958. From 1971 to 1974 he studied history, politics and philosophy at Downing College, Cambridge.[1]


He joined The Guardian in 1979. From 1989–94 he was the newspaper's US Editor and White House correspondent. From 1994–98 he was Foreign Editor. During 1996–98, he was the Foreign Editor of The Observer.

Political positions[edit]

Tisdall has criticised Britain's close ties with Saudi Arabia and British involvement in the Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen. In 2018, he wrote that "the UK-Saudi alliance is pernicious, encouraging the worst in both sides, and deeply corrosive of “our values”. May’s main focus is not on the unnumbered Yemeni civilians who continue to die as a result of the Saudi-led, British-backed bombing campaign."[2] Tisdall commends Angela Merkel's "brave, open-door migration policy".[3]

Personal life[edit]

He married Alison Kane in 1984 in Ross-on-Wye in Herefordshire. They live a few miles west of Bradford on Avon in Wiltshire.


  1. ^ "View from elsewhere biographies".
  2. ^ "Enough of the shameful kowtowing to the Saudis". The Guardian. 4 March 2018.
  3. ^ Tisdall, Simon (28 October 2018). "As Angela Merkel's star dims, Europe is facing perhaps its biggest challenge since 1930s". The Guardian.

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