In response to Laura Perrins: Scruton witch hunt is about the Tories, not the Left, Peter Evans wrote:
Sir Roger’s life was derailed by the fanatical Left before, after he published his magnificent Thinkers of the New Left in 1985. The book caused howls of execration amongst compassionate pitchfork-wielding Marxist academics, who effectively wanted the book burnt and Scruton fired. The publishers caved in and withdrew the book, and the caring Left effectively destroyed Scruton’s academic career, plunging him into the chaos of losing everything he had ever worked for and tipping him into a dangerous depression in which thoughts of suicide came insistently to mind.
Thankfully, an updated version of the book, Fools, Frauds and Firebrands (I regret I was once all three as an adolescent Trot), was published in 2015. It’s a remarkably probing critique of Leftist delusion, intellectual dishonesty and obfuscation and it seems to me that all conservatively-minded people would benefit from reading it.
My point about this is that we expect this from the ‘offence excavators’ of the Left (as Toby Young put it in his Speccie article), digging relentlessly into utterances from bygone decades for signs of deviation from the heavily-policed contemporary politically correct ‘thought’ that they judge all history from today. Sadly, I expect it also from the conservative-in-name-only Conservative Party.
If they don’t stand shoulder to shoulder with him now, if they don’t unflinchingly refuse to yield to the hysterical Leftist mob, none of them are fit to lay flowers on Lady Thatcher’s grave, the greatest post-war conservative Prime Minister we have had. And they’re certainly not fit to run the country, because they can’t (and won’t) conserve what is most precious about our customs and traditions for future generations, free speech and due process being perhaps the most inestimably precious.
If they give in to this wicked mob lynching, this latest ruthless, unhinged Leftist smear to besmirch and destroy the reputation of a great public intellectual, they are irredeemably beneath contempt in my book, and I suspect in many others’ as well.