52 Books Challenge: #16 Where We Are, The State of Britain Now

Everyone who voted, either way, in the UKs Brexit referendum of 2016 should read this book. Equally it will be extremely enlightening to those of you who are not U.K. citizens/nationals and want to understand Brexit a little better and to consider a philosophers view of identity, the nation state, English Common Law, secularism, globalisation, … Continue reading 52 Books Challenge: #16 Where We Are, The State of Britain Now

A Light Has Gone Out Across England!

SIR ROGER SCRUTON, has died aged 75. He was a philosopher and academic variously identified as “one of the nearest things Britain has to a public intellectual”, Britain’s favourite “token reactionary” (his own description), and even “the thinking man’s skinhead”. As one of the most contentious figures in British public life, Scruton operated as an … Continue reading A Light Has Gone Out Across England!

What to drink with What this Christmas!

Dry December: What to drink with What? Foodies looking for inspiration about wine matching to their latest culinary creation are reading the wrong blog, but bear with me because you might find something interesting. Sir Roger Scruton is my favourite living philosopher and one of his books, "I Drink Therefore I Am", is a great … Continue reading What to drink with What this Christmas!

“I Drink Therefore I Am”

What's the connection between Francis Bacon, Roger Scruton, Dr B’s PhD, and a glass of Cabernet Franc in a wine bar called Cave Voltaire in Chinon, the home town of Rabelais? This is going to be one hell of a post if I can convince you of the connection. Sitting here today in the Cave … Continue reading “I Drink Therefore I Am”

Is an apology enough?

Following up this morning's post about England's greatest living philosopher, the Guido Fawkes website have just reported that Sir Roger Scruton has been issued an apology from The New Statesman rag. But is that enough, will he get his job back, will the retraction by them be published on mainstream media, will the rag be … Continue reading Is an apology enough?