How to be a Conservative

What does it mean to be a conservative in an age so sceptical of conservatism?

What should we be building today?

The Telegraph - 15.12.2014

Whether or not our political class has the ability or the will to control immigration, we have to accept that many of the millions who have come to this country in the last two decades are here to stay, and will need to be housed.

Inequality Matters

Forbes Online - 30.10.2014

There are two familiar responses to the problem of human need. Conservatives say that the problem is poverty, and the answer is to create wealth.

Forget Scotland - When will England have a Parliament of its Own?

Forbes Online - 15.9.2014

Whatever the result of the forthcoming referendum, the relations between England and Scotland will henceforth undergo a profound change.

Soul of the World

The Soul of the World is a defence of the sacred against today's fashionable forms of atheism. Our personal relationships, moral intuitions, and aesthetic judgments hint at a transcendent dimension that cannot be understood through the lens of science alone.

Why did British Police Ignore Pakistani Gangs Abusing 1,400 Children? Political Correctness

Forbes Online - 30.8.2014

A story of rampant child abuse—ignored and abetted by the police—is emerging out of the British town of Rotherham.

Renewing Culture

Forbes Online - 20.7.2014

The world-famous musician Lorin Maazel died on July 13th at his home in Castleton, Virginia. Maazel was a distinguished violinist and a great conductor with a profound feeling for the romantic and modern repertoire.

Why Iraq is a Write-Off

Forbes Online - 23.6.2014

In 1915 a couple of minor diplomats, the Englishman Sir Mark Sykes and the Frenchman François George-Picot, began negotiating to divide the Ottoman Empire, which had entered the Great War on the side of Germany.

Latest Articles

An Apology for thinking - 11 April 19 - The Spectator

This article was originally published on The Spectator’s UK website. I recently gave an interview to the New Statesman, on the assumption that, as the magazine’s former wine critic I would...

Roger Scruton on why conservatism is better for the environment, FT - March 19

 An interview with Jane Owen in advance of the FT Oxford Literary Festival, the full article can be read online here.  https://www.ft.com/content/43e6ef1e-464b-11e9-a965-23d669740bfb  

Le Figaro - March 19

Earlier this month, Roger spoke with Eugenie Bastie for Le Figaro - Click here to read the article.

BBC Radio 4 Any Questions? 22 Feb 19

Jonathan Dimbleby chairs political debate from Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire, with a panel consisting of Robert Buckland MP, Baroness Smith, Chuka Umunna MP and Sir Roger Scruton. Listen back to the...

Recent Books

Souls in the Twilight

Beaufort Books  (October 2018) As the lights that have guided us go out, people begin to wander in the twilight, seeking their place of belonging. In these stories, set in...

Music as an Art

Bloomsbury  (August 2018) Music as an Art begins by examining music through a philosophical lens, engaging in discussions about tonality, music and the moral life, music and cognitive science and German...

Where We Are: The State of Britain Now

Where We Are: The State of Britain Now

Bloomsbury (November 2017) Addressing one of the most politically turbulent periods in modern British history, philosopher Roger Scruton asks how, in these circumstances, we can come to define our identity,...

2019 Events

Wed 31st Jul - Fri 9th Aug - 2019 Scrutopia Summer School

Thur 29th Aug - Sun 1st Sept - Scrutopia Alumni Meeting 

Fri 26 - Sat 27th April - CRASSH conference, Cambridge

Sat 15th June - Philosophy Day

Thurs 19th Sept - ISI Gala for Western Civilization, Philadelphia

May - Academic Freedom under Threat: What's to be Done? Oxford Conference