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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10 January 2005
The Australians have so perfected the techniques of vinification, and enjoy so favourable a climate, that their wines...
13 December 2004
Large-scale Christmas parties require cost-cutting measures, and Corney...
29 November 2004
Duke Philip the Bold banished the "treacherous" Gamay grape from Burgundy and it fled south to Beaujolais, where soil...
15 November 2004
Wine, for me, has the character of a reward. I turn to it at the end of the day, and it rushes to meet me like a bride...
01 November 2004
One of the best things to happen to literature in the 20th century was Jorge Luis Borges, who showed us how to...
18 October 2004
Another trip to the supermarket: this time to Sainsbury's, the favourite of the new Labour elites, who have scattered...
04 October 2004
If you have been alarmed by parliament's recent assaults on our civil liberties, then you should consider a trip to the...
20 September 2004
Goethe's description of the cathedral of Strasburg can be read as one of the founding documents of the modern era....
06 September 2004
My Cambridge tutor, Dr Laurence Picken, was a bachelor don of the old school, an established scholar in the fields of...
23 August 2004
It is more than 80 years since Ortega y Gasset wrote La Espana Invertebrada, foretelling the loss of virtue that Orwell...
09 August 2004
It is a human weakness to believe that you are poor because others are rich, and that you are suffering because they...
26 July 2004
Italian wines are as varied as the soils, the saints and the seasons that produce them. Travel south from the serene,...
12 July 2004
Like cyclists, hunt-followers and Wagnerians, wine merchants share an inscrutable solidarity and a defiance of the...
28 June 2004
''Methinks I have a great desire to a bottle of hay," says Bottom. I, too, have a great desire to a bottle of hay -...
14 June 2004
People who used to spend their holidays on the windswept piers of the Channel coast now bask by the sun-drenched pools...

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