As contenders for the title "good idea" go, making a public speech denouncing government drug policy, when you are an adviser to the government on said policy, is not an obvious front-runner.
Recently, I met a self-proclaimed bibliophile who, having hit his forties, had decided to "reread Dickens". I feigned admiration, but my real emotion was closer to bafflement.
NS: What relationship, if any, do you think your work has to the mainstream, normative, liberal political philosophy done in English and American universities?
As the jobless count continues to rise, it has been predicted that bank bonuses could reach £6bn. Is this the sign of recovery, or is there an alternative?
There is barely a product that does not bear the words "scientifically proven" in its advertising campaign, be it shampoo, cereal or moisturiser.
"Were you saying this is a Twitter-killer?" Google Wave's three creators, fresh from their baby's first outing in front of the press, look embarrassed and say nothing. "Oh sorry," the tech journalist continues innocently.
An anti-democratic populist and disseminator of elitism, Roger Scruton is the author of a number of introductory texts, many of them bearing admirably fearless titles (The Meaning of Conservatism, A Short History of Modern Philosophy).
When I was a schoolboy in the early 1950s, there was a new-music programme on Radio Cologne where they transmitted serial and electronic music, jazz – any compositions that were adventurous.