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February 04, 2013


Chris Brooke

When I see Tories insisting that you couldn't have further House of Lords reform without a referendum (which was the basic argument of those who sabotaged the latest round of changes), I'm entertained that they seem to have come round to endorse a thoroughly French Revolutionary principle associated with the Girondins--that constitutional change requires popular ratification--and one which would have *appalled* the person they like to think of as their spiritual godfather, Edmund Burke.


"In this sense we believe same sex marriage to be homophobic" what was it Orwell said about something being so stupid that only an intellectual could believe it

Charlie W

Scruton and Blond, a bit too clever, maybe. Marriage isn't just behaviour, guided by social norms; it's also a right. We're extending the right. They should probably re-run their argument, substituting 'unfaithful' and 'faithful', to see what happens. You don't lose the right to marry if you're unfaithful (although you might lose your current marriage).


Scrutton's argument applies equally to heterosexual relationships.


Scruton and Blond, a bit too clever, maybe.

Scruton: possibly a bit too clever.

Blond: IMO far more likely to be more than a bit too stupid. He's the thinktank equivalent of the kind of kid that used to be called "easily led".


...behind the cricket pavilion and the bicycle shed?

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