Rushing to Judgment

In his latest City Journal column, Theodore Dalrymple lambasts the cowardly and dishonorable way that Sir Roger Scruton was dismissed by James Brokenshire as chairman of a commission on the aesthetics of modern British housing. Brokenshire is the same minister who also happened to appoint Prof. Scruton, but spinelessly turned on him after a vicious and mendacious assault on Sir Roger by the English left-liberal “lumpenintelligentsia” on (anti-)social media.

Because, like May, Brokenshire appears to believe in nothing, he is not able to face down opponents with arguments, instead falling back into an immediate posture of surrender. These are the people who govern us, whether we deserve them or not.

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