1. Exquisite Tweets from @jdportes, @OborneTweets, @peterwalker99, @arusbridger, @s8mb, @MatthewOToole2

    PreoccupationsCollected by Preoccupations

    Roger Scruton's essay defending Enoch Powell has mysteriously vanished from the neo-Nazi website where I found it. Archived version here archive.is/OxCld [thanks @snigskitchen] if anyone wants to read/verify the bigoted/inflammatory quotes I cite. politics.co.uk/comment-analys…

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    Jonathan Portes

    My article on Roger Scruton, Enoch Powell @DouglasKMurray, and the link between "intellectual" and street-level racism, then and now: politics.co.uk/comment-analys…

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    Jonathan Portes

  2. This is an important response to the Spectator cover story: politics.co.uk/comment-analys…

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    Peter Oborne

  3. Reading this seems to confirm Scruton’s views were not vastly different as billed, though of course some context was missing. Should he have lost the post? You can argue it either way. But is he being “silenced”? I really can’t see how.

    The New Statesman @
    The Roger Scruton interview: the full transcript newstatesman.com/politics/uk/20…

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    Peter Walker

  4. Good that the New Statesman has published the full transcript of the Roger Scruton interview. Much more interesting - and nuanced - than the version they first printed. Such transparency may, and arguably should, become the norm. newstatesman.com/politics/uk/20…

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    arusbridger

    alan rusbridger

  5. In my opinion, all interviews should come with the full transcript and recording provided as standard. It's up to the interviewer to edit it well enough (ie, for style and clarity) that we choose to read that version – anything less is just gatekeeping. newstatesman.com/politics/uk/20…

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    s8mb

    Sam Bowman

  6. Since Scruton has said that (like Enoch Powell) he thinks it's impossible for the British-born children of Asian Muslims to be loyal Britons, it's hardly surprising he thinks an Irishman of (part) Indian Hindu origin can't really be Irish.

    jdportes

    Jonathan Portes

  7. Aside from its other controversies, the Scruton transcript gives away a paleo-Tory failure to conceive of how other people on these islands feel about identity. Nationalism is something other people do, not people like Scruton.
    newstatesman.com/politics/uk/20…

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    MatthewOToole2

    Matthew O'Toole

    All Northern Irish are implacably unionist, all southern Irish - an.ever popular term *down there* - were living in priest-ridden Joycean squalor until a gay man of Indian origin forced modernity on them against their will. And of course, Scots wont stop bullying the English.

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    Matthew O'Toole