Here is the latest nomination in our series highlighting people David Cameron should consider appointing to the House of Lords, since any Conservative administration formed after the general election would be able to call upon the support of the lowest number of Conservative peers in history.
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No. 54: Roger Scruton
Jeremy Havard writes:
"Roger Scruton has long given a powerful voice to Conservative (also with a small ‘c’) philosophy and is probably the finest contemporary British philosopher. He is a superb thinker and is most articulate on many matters which the next government will need to address, some with urgency.
"Among these, he provides an authentic voice for the countryside (without being from the ‘landed’ classes) and the Arts (he has written two operas which have been performed in public); he has written widely on matters of immigration and integration in terms which add substance to the quality of a long-overdue debate; on radical Islamism (his book ‘The West and the Rest’ was written in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 and shows an incisive perception of the issue); on the need to defend the nation state and its culture; and he is most articulate on democratic Conservatism being the right system for the people, as opposed to socialism, arguing powerfully and persuasively against the transfer of power from local communities to the State – something about which David Cameron could use some advice.
"He has long been politically active, having helped dissidents in Czechoslovakia since 1979, as well as Hungary and Poland until the fall of Communism in 1989. He was a founding editor of the ‘Salisbury Review’ and is currently on its editorial board, along with those of ‘The British Journal of Aesthetics’ and opendemocracy.net. He is a trustee of the Educational Research Trust and is also a qualified Barrister.
"In conclusion, he has much to contribute and considerable intellectual firepower and oratory to bring to bear on the issues of today."
> Previous nomination: Simon Weston