Remembering Roger Scruton, With UK Minister Michael Gove

 

To mark the first anniversary of the passing of Roger Scruton, Uncommon Knowledge with Peter Robinson was asked by the Roger Scruton Legacy Foundation to participate in its Remembering Roger Scruton Memorial Event by interviewing the Right Honourable Michael Gove. Gove is a member of Parliament, a member of Britain’s Conservative Party, and the current chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and minister for the Cabinet Office. Gove began reading Scruton’s work as a teenager, and it had a very strong influence on Gove’s intellectual journey toward becoming a Conservative. In this conversation, Gove describes his own relationship with Scruton, how Scruton influenced British politics while living and even after his death, and how Scruton’s fierce support of Brexit was both personally and politically helpful to Gove. He also discusses Scruton’s warnings about— and his own experience fighting—“wokeness,” as well as what Scruton might have thought about lockdowns. Finally, Gove shares some thoughts about Scruton’s legacy and how history might remember him.

Recorded on January 12, 2021

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  1. Hammer, The Member
    Hammer, The
    @RyanM

    Interesting.

    Delingpole and Young have not been very impressed with Gove, lately. Howevermuch he may have admired Scruton, his current work leaves a lot to be desired, it seems.

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  2. colleenb Member
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    @colleenb

    Hammer, The (View Comment):

    Interesting.

    Delingpole and Young have not been very impressed with Gove, lately. Howevermuch he may have admired Scruton, his current work leaves a lot to be desired, it seems.

    I was thinking the exact same thing. I would agree that, as religious people, we should care for others especially the vulnerable. But is what the government asking citizens to do really providing care for the other. I think there is a balance here which is currently off balance.

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