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Roger Scruton: A year in which much was lost – but more gained. The Spectator- 21 Dec 19

Despite everything, I have so much to be grateful for

January
My 2018 ended with a hate storm, in response to my appointment as chair of the government’s Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission. But the new year brings a lull, and I hope and pray that the Grand Inquisitor enthroned by social media will find another target.

Sir Roger presented with the Star of the Order of Merit of Hungary

On Tuesday 3rd December, the Hungarian Ambassador Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky welcomed friends and guests to announce that the Commander’s Cross with the Star of the Order of Merit of Hungary would be awarded to Sir Roger Scruton in the presence of the Prime Minister Viktor Orbán . The Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó presented the order of the President of Hungary on the decoration of Sir Roger Scruton with the Commander’s Cross with the Star of the Order of Merit. The celebration event took place at The Hungarian Embassy. 

Prime Minister Viktor Orban's speech can be read here http://www.miniszterelnok.hu/viktor-orbans-laudation-address-at-the-presentation-of-the-order-of-merit-to-sir-roger-scruton/

And is also available here Laudation_address_of_PM_Orban.pdf

A report can be read from Hungary Today here https://hungarytoday.hu/orban-lauds-sir-roger-scruton-loyal-friend-of-freedom-loving-hungarians/

You can also read Daniel Johnsons article here: https://www.thearticle.com/european-nations-have-given-roger-scruton-their-highest-honours-why-not-ours-too

30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution

On Friday 15th November  Sir Roger was awarded the Silver Medal by the Senate of the Czech Parliament in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, which saw the abolition of the communist system in the former Czechoslovakia and the liberation from totalitarian control of the Czech and Slovak people. The was medal presented by the President of the Senate at a gala dinner in Prague, in the presence of the British Ambassador, and many of those who took part, both in the dissident movements in Czech politics, and in the underground university that was established to offer education to people who had been expelled from the official system. Sir Roger is delighted that the help offered to Czech and Slovak citizens by his fellow countrymen is being recognized in this way, and hopes that the deep sympathies established in those years will remain as influential in European politics as they were in the decade after 1989.

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/roger-scruton-in-his-glory/

Czech reports can been seen below

https://echo24.cz/g/SeXR9/pomahal-v-dobe-totality-britsky-filozof-roger-scruton-dnes-obdrzel-pametni-medaili-senatu/2

https://www.parlamentnilisty.cz/politika/politici-volicum/ODS-Sir-Roger-Scruton-prevzal-na-Zofine-Stribrnou-pametni-medaili-Senatu-603572

https://www.ods.cz/clanek/18308-ods-sir-roger-scruton-prevzal-na-zofine-stribrnou-pametni-medaili-senatu-parlamentu-cr

and also:

https://www.radio.cz/en/section/special/a-stage-for-revolution-1

https://www.radio.cz/en/section/special/a-stage-for-revolution-part-2

 

Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour would crush civil society - UnHerd, 13 Nov 19

The 1989 uprising against communism in Eastern Europe was a bid for freedom, and for many commentators it was little more than that. The oppressors happened to be the Communist Party, backed up by their Soviet masters, but they might have been the henchmen of a tin-pot dictatorship or a gang of Mafiosi. The important point, for many observers, is that the oppressors had set out to control things, and the people had at last said no.

 Read the full article online HERE

Scrutopia Alumni Thurs 27 August – Sun 30 August 2020

We are delighted to share with you the wonderful programme which has been thoughtfully curated with Roger’s interests at heart for this year’s Alumni meeting. We recognise that many of you are unable to travel or join us this year, but we wanted to share the programme in case your reservations have changed or restrictions lifted. We have a small group so far confirmed and now that we have a fabulous weekend planned, the opportunity is now open to all. 

The cost of the course will be £1200 per person, payable in advance by 14th August. As ever, this will cover everything for the duration of the course, but does not include your travel to the RAU on Thursday 27th August. 

Take a look at the programme brief here - Alumni_programme_for_Website.pdf

Please do not hesitate to be in touch if you have any questions or would like to reserve your space.

Scrutopia Summer School 2020

Following on from the Government’s latest COVID-19 public statement we are sorry to announce it is not possible to hold the Scrutopia Summer School between the 29th July and 7th August this summer. We feel the Summer School is all about friendship, socialising and intimate seminars which would be difficult to conduct in our present situation. In addition, air travel is likely to be extremely difficult.

This is an unprecedented and challenging time for everyone and the health, safety and enjoyment of all those that attend and are involved with the summer school remains our number one priority.

We apologise for the delay in making this announcement but are grateful to you all for your support and co-operation at this busy time. Sophie and I would like to take this opportunity to thank and wish you well through this challenging time.

Streets With Nooks and Crannies Are Beloved and Endangered - TAC, 4 Oct 19

A building may appeal for its formal perfection, its harmony of proportion and the grammatical discipline with which it matches part to part. But it may appeal despite lacking those things, by offering enticing glimpses of the life within, intriguing apertures, invitations to enter, to explore, to imagine. 

The Madness of Crowds - Review for Unherd, 17 Sept 19

How identity politics drove the world mad

Douglas Murray's brave new book explores the madness of modern discourse. 

We thrive on disagreement, but only if we do not also feel threatened by it. In every period of history, therefore, there have been opinions and customs that are dangerous to question, since they provide the firm foundations on which our disagreements rest. Whether religious or political, these established ways of thinking and acting have been protected by law, and embedded in the educational curriculum and the daily customs of the people.

The Architecture of Social Isolation- Berggruen Institute, 11 Sept 19

The Architecture of Social Isolation

The evidence is overwhelming that ugly and impersonal environments lead to a sense of depression and anxiety.

If you ask why concepts like community, place and belonging have suddenly come to occupy a central place in political discourse, then you will quickly light upon the obvious fact that those aspects of the human condition are, in modern conditions, all under threat. The threat comes from a single source: globalization.

BBBBC Interim Report

Here’s a link to UK Gov’s BBBBC commission & to a response survey. If you can, please do read & respond -

https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/building-better-building-beautiful-commission

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