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.

Europe Against The European

Forbes Online - 3.6.2014

The recent elections to the European Parliament produced something more than the usual protest vote against the ruling Party in each country of the Union. Possibly for the first time they were about Europe, rather than the policies of its constituent nations.

Human Rights: Nonsense on Stilts?

Forbes Online  - 20.5.2014

Saudi Arabia, China and Vietnam have been appointed to the United Nations Council on Human Rights. All three countries forbid free speech and harshly punish criticism of the regime.

The Good of Government

In his first inaugural address, President Reagan announced that "government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem," and his remark struck a chord in the hearts of his conservative supporters.

Is Europe still defensible from invasion?

Forbes online - 5.04.2014

Events in Ukraine and the expansionist policies of President Putin naturally raise questions about the defense of Europe. Whatever Russian aims might be, there is no doubt that a heavily armed country with dwindling economic assets poses a threat, however theoretical, to an affluent neighbor with only tenuous means of defense.

Should the English also have a right to decide on Scottish Independence?

BBC News Magazine - 23.2.2014

In all the complex changes leading to the Scottish bid for independence the English have never been consulted. The process has been conducted as though we had no right to an opinion in the matter. It was all about Scotland, and how to respond to Scottish nationalism.

Review of Bernard Williams, Essays and Reviews 1959-2002

Reviewed by Roger Scruton

The Telegraph - February 16, 2014

This collection of reviews from a lifelong involvement in the intellectual life, show the late Sir Bernard Williams at his engaging best: lucid, cultivated, and entirely serious in his determination to extract the essence from the matter he is discussing.

Review of Peter Watson, The Age of Nothing

Reviewed by Roger Scruton

The Independent - February 14, 2014

Peter Watson has written an intriguing and challenging book, which surveys the response of modern Western societies and their intellectuals to the decline of religion. To introduce the reader to the main currents of post-religious thinking, from Nietzsche, who started it with a bang, to Rorty, who tried to end it with a whimper, is no mean achievement.

Stand up for the real meaning of conservatism

The Spectator - 4.1.2014

When pressed for a statement of their beliefs, conservatives give ironical or evasive answers: beliefs are what the others have, the ones who have confounded politics with religion, as socialists and anarchists do. This is unfortunate, because conservatism is a genuine, if unsystematic, philosophy, and it deserves to be stated, especially at a time like the present, when the future of our nation is in doubt.