In addition to the poinsts Atticus raised, the editor of the New Statesman omitted the full context of what Roger Scruton said in the interview. Clearly referring to the Chinese Communist Party Scruton actually said:
“They’re creating robots out of their own people by so constraining what can be done. Each Chinese person is a kind of replica of the next one and that is a very frightening thing.”
That completely changes what he is said to have said, which was an entirely a justifiable statement given the reality of severe and worsening restrictions on freedom of speech,and access to the internet in China.
Later challenged about the omission, the editor, a typically deceitful extreme left winger, George Eaton, tweeted that he "had to leave the first sentence out of the print edition for reasons of space".
Yeh, very convincing.
I thought the creation of this Beauty Watchdog was a strange idea from the beginning and I have no idea what it is supposed to achieve or how, but given that it exists, Scruton should be reinstated immediately and the two weak politically-correct (supposedly conservative) politicians who summarily called for his sacking before hearing Scruton's side of the story, should apologise to him.
The thought police .. continuing its march through freedom of thought, speech, and democracy.
Hiddeously out of scale with the surroundings, and doubtless a wind tunnel creator in the surrounding streets, once built.
I thought the perceived wisdom, a few years after the rush to build residential tower blocks in the 1960s, was that hi-rise housing was socially undesirable? Where and how, still, will little Jonny and Jane safely go out to play? Or will it be James and Jocinda who'll be ferried everywhere by mummy in her 4x4? Or will the private flats just be bought by foreigners as investments, and left empty?
Back in 2006 I included similar proposals in my RIBA Presidential election manifesto. The government of the time had a similar policy to the present government’s with regard to encouraging more small companies getting government and local authority work, though it was wrapped up in the brief fashion at the time for 'localism' - long since forgotten. But, typical of the political establishment that so often makes grandiose statements of good intentions, they invariably instigate detailed policies that make them impossible to implement.
One of the main reasons for excluding small practices 12 years ago was the then policy, encouraged by the government at the time, for ‘term contracts’, i.e. bulk contracts for up to 3 years work. Inevitably only very large practices were in a position to bid for these and I dare say that’s probably still government policy today. I also questioned, at the time, whether it resulted in good buildings.
Another complication at the time was PFI procurement, which again pretty well excluded most small practices. Although it’s still around, I believe that it is now much less used for small or medium sized buildings thankfully.
So I wish Tarek Merlin good luck with his campaign, but I fear the combination of big business interests and politicians, and probably RIBA establishment lethargy, will see little or no meaningful change. More’s the pity, as it’s still much needed.
So the Girl Guides are still a single sex institution but the Scouts are no longer allowed to be. Is that today's equality?