Roger Scruton is a philosopher and countryside campaigner as well as an author and broadcaster. Widely regarded as one of Britain’s leading right wing thinkers, his publications include the Meaning of Conservatism. He has also written on fox hunting.

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25 September 2006
Beside our house in Virginia stands a small wooden building, under which is a deep well. Ice would be shovelled into...
11 September 2006
In Homer, wine is always sweet, though maybe the poet was comparing wine to kisses and kind words rather than to...
28 August 2006
EU membership has prevented the Chancellor from raising duty on alcohol in proportion either to the real value of money...
14 August 2006
Whether your interests are gustatory, religious or botanical, there is surely no plant more interesting than the Vitis...
31 July 2006
Socialists have on the whole been dismissive of religion as belonging to the soon-to-be-superseded childhood of mankind...
17 July 2006
In 1907, the wine-based economy of southern France was wrecked by phylloxera. Only growers in the renowned exporting...
26 June 2006
In the 19th century the banner of temperance was raised not by politicians but by private citizens, many of them...
12 June 2006
"Moonshine" means foolish talk; it is also a name for the drink that often produces it - an integral part of the...
05 June 2006
After a few days of sunshine, a cold northwester sweeps in from the Atlantic, stripping leaves, snapping branches and...
29 May 2006
Thirty years ago, on 24 May 1976, Steven Spurrier, a British wine merchant, presented Californian wines side by side...
15 May 2006
I am in Canada, in a flat, featureless town, in a hotel with the somehow shabby name of "Quality Suites", overlooking a...
01 May 2006
Rosé belongs in the south, and a rosé de Provence, sipped as the sun declines, amid an odour of myrrh, thyme and...
24 April 2006
Current concerns over "binge drinking" - by which is meant the habit of drinking large quantities of alcohol with the...
10 April 2006
The ancient Egyptians labelled their wine not with its place of origin but with its use: wine for dancing, wine for...
27 March 2006
The burden of taxation increases with every Budget, and David Cameron seems to suggest that it will be no different...

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