Worm Eaton

A couple of days ago New Statesman published an interview between their deputy editor George Eaton and the conservative philosopher Roger Scruton. Here’s how Scruton approached the interview:

I recently gave an interview to the New Statesman, on the assumption that, as the magazine’s former wine critic I would be treated with respect, and that the journalist, George Eaton, was sincere in wanting to talk to me about my intellectual life.

Turns out it was a hit job. Eaton littered the piece with quotes stripped of context which portrayed Scruton as antisemitic, an Islamaphobe, and derogatory towards Chinese. For example, the New Statesman interview contains this paragraph:

Perhaps most remarkably, he commented of the rise of China: “They’re creating robots out of their own people… each Chinese person is a kind of replica of the next one and that is a very frightening thing.”

Scruton’s actual words were:

“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.”

It is clear from the full quote that Scruton is talking about the Chinese political system and its demands for uniformity from the population. By removing the words in bold, Eaton makes it sound as though Scruton’s saying Chinese people are indistinguishable from one another. Eaton claims he removed the context for reasons of space, which tells you he doesn’t care much for his reputation, that of New Statesman, or journalism as a whole.

When the interview came out, Scruton served as  an adviser on a government architectural committee. For reasons that are scarcely fathomable even for an outfit so inept, unprincipled, and cowardly as the Conservative party, UK Communities Secretary James Brokenshire fired Scruton. A spokesman for the Prime Minister said his remarks were “deeply offensive, completely unacceptable and it’s right that he’s been dismissed”. Even half-sensible Tories stuck the boot in:


New Statesman is less of a news journal than a leftwing agitprop organ. They publish Laurie Penny, for goodness sake. What the hell the Tory party are even doing reading it, let alone letting it dictate who they fire, I don’t know. For his part, Eaton posted this on Twitter before later deleting it:

In other words, it was a deliberate hatchet job by a lefty hack and the Tory party, perhaps thinking their reputation for incompetence, treachery, and cretinism was not quite solid enough from Brexit, walked right into the trap laid for them. As Scruton responded in The Spectator and news reached the dolts in Tory HQ that the interview had been misleading, they removed one foot from their mouths and replaced it with another:


So the sacking of Scruton was a panicked, knee-jerk reaction based on left wing propaganda they didn’t bother verifying. And these are the sort of people who think they should be running the country.

There are a few points to make here. Firstly, it shows the incompetence and lack of principles we’ve seen over Brexit is not a one-off: it runs to the very core of the Conservative party. Like a lot of people these days, they’re more interested in pandering to the metropolitan middle classes and people who hate them than their core constituents. They are also woefully inept. If Britain is to revive its political fortunes, the Conservative party needs to be destroyed, the building razed, and the ground it stood on soaked with anthrax. There is nothing left to save, and nobody to redeem (except the one MP who reads my blog of course, because by doing so she’s proven she exposes herself only to the best ideas).

Secondly, journalists like to claim they are under attack more than ever before. They do so on the rather pompous presumption they are guardians of the truth who hold the powerful to account. I doubt journalists in the UK are in any greater danger than ironing-board vendors, but if I wanted to increase the online abuse and threats media figures receive, and diminish public sympathy if and when one gets smacked in the mouth by a disgruntled citizen, publishing a brazenly dishonest interview and quaffing champagne in celebration when the subject gets fired is how I’d go about it.

Thirdly, I don’t give a damn if Scruton’s words weren’t doctored. The idea that anyone slightly to the right should be hounded from his position for holding opinions which don’t conform to the ever-shifting standard set by lunatics in university social science departments needs to be resisted, and hard. This is especially true when those on the left – even those in positions of substantial power – frequently engage in open racism, antisemitism, and misandry to rapturous applause from their followers. As I’ve said before, if the right are going to join the left in condemning their own every time they utter an unapproved opinion, they’re part of the problem. If the right can’t support Scruton now, regardless of what he said or didn’t say, could they at least have the decency not to complain during the next decade or two of cultural Marxist domination?

And maybe now’s not the best time to talk about principles either, Johnny:


Now where did I put my Gallic shrug?

UPDATE

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38 thoughts on “Worm Eaton

  1. We have no politically rightwing party in parliament. Some rebels in the Tory party – but no mainstream Thatcherite party. We have multiple flavours of SJW wet middle way blancmange.

  2. I’d have hoped for better than Mercer and Tugendhat, more fool me.

    What the morons don’t realise is that even if they retract or regret their involvement in a lefty Twatter pile on, it makes no odds, the damage is done. In this case obviously because Scruton ain’t gonna get reinstated, but in other cases where they do their enemies’ work for them, no-one will read the retraction.

    Lefty hacks like the NS twunt – who posted a photo of himself necking champagne from the bottle to celebrate dishonestly shafting a good man – don’t know much, but they know this. That is why they are serial offenders in going large on a BS story about the right and then very quiet about the correction/retraction.

  3. If the Tories had any sense every time that Labour raised something like this, they would talk about Naz “keep your mouth” Shah who is woman’s minister!

  4. So correct you are. The Tory Party is the true enemy, not Corbyn’s motley crew. How can you carry the battle to their ground when you’ve the rotting corpse of the Conservative Party slumped across your own? Why maybe an interval of Labour government mightn’t be a bad thing. Give chance to bury the Tories at a crossroads with a stake through their hearts. Brexit’s proved they”d never get a fraction of their desires through in the face of opposition from the “deep state”. Let the two of them fight themselves to a standstill whilst the right rearms & re-equips.

  5. (except the one MP who reads my blog of course, because by doing so she’s proven she exposes herself only to the best ideas)

    Do tell. Does she post here? Is she in fact Mr Ecks?

  6. The small c in conservative is ever smaller, the left will never thank the right for playing along just laugh and move on to the next target. The left in all its forms is the enemy of all that is good and should be fought on every level and gifted no easy victories like the defenestration of Scruton….again, fuck em all.

  7. Of course, Scruton was a naive fool to think he was in line for anything other than a partisan hatchet job.

    Anyone on the right who grants an interview to a lefty publication needs their head examined. I suppose the only way to do it would be with the intent to mock the publication and its readers, while taping the conversation and making clear that misrepresentation would lead to London’s nastiest lawyers ruining the hack’s day/week/life.

  8. Anyone on the right who grants an interview to a lefty publication needs their head examined.

    Whoever replaces the Conservatives needs to do what Trump does and engage with the media only to encourage them to eat themselves. They should even refuse to give interviews with mainstream outlets and do all their publicity via social media. Take a look at this clip and tell me why Conservatives should offer themselves up for this sort of treatment.

  9. Scruton used to write for the New Statesman, a wine column, and I imagine he thought that that relationship meant he would be treated halfway fairly and allow his ideas to reach people who might otherwise not be excused to them.

  10. The Meissen Bison :

    Check back through the archives and see if Mr. Ecks has had a couple of months off, and then recently returned. If so, he’s probably Fiona Onasanya.

  11. Do tell.

    Not a chance. 🙂

    Does she post here?

    No, I think she values her career.

  12. @MC

    I have had only a wee bit of media training, but one thing that was drilled into me is “try to only do interviews live“, so that you can’t have your quotes edited around with later, especially if anything you say might be controversial. Or if you have any reason not to trust that particular media venue…

  13. I took great pleasure in ripping up my Conservative Party membership card within a minute of Cameron’s election as leader. Nothing the treacherous gang of wretches have done since then has ever caused me to reconsider. Even if we end up with a Corbyn government, how would it be substantively different from the Blairite poison?

  14. “nobody to redeem (except the one MP who reads my blog of course, because by doing so she’s proven she exposes herself only to the best ideas).”

    I would also submit my blog mascot, Steve Baker, as one to be saved from the fire—he has been doing sterling and principled work in resisting May’s ghastly Withdrawal Agreement…

    DK

  15. Scruton is infuriating for “conservatives” because he is independent and doesn’t need anything from them. It’s extroadinary that he was selected for the post in the first place as he is concerned with long term values whereas the conservative party is just about finance and mercantile individualism (mammon.)

    It must be painful for him to be in the same room as those philistine ignoramuses. Ever since Keith Joseph and his fellow ((monetarists)) got their autistic dupe to sell England by the pound the spirit of this land has reclused itself to countryside.
    London is no longer our capital.
    Leave it to the merchants, Winchester anybody?

  16. I have a view that some of the things this guy says/has said over the years, are not compatible with working for a Gov’t that has enough fights of its own making at the moment without having another one.

    Never go full weasel Johnny.

  17. I go out of my way to read and listen to serious lefties. There’s some good thought provoking stuff and whilst I might disagree with the ones I follow mostly take their positions in good faith. I decided Eaton didn’t fit that position when I heard him on the Politics Theory Other podcast. He’s a typical lefty tribalism and narcissist to go with it.

    On the subject of the NS I like Stephen Bush and am glad to see Helen Lewis is leaving. She used to be worth listening to but has gone full feminist and doesn’t rise much above ad hominem.

    Jonny Mercer makes a good point about battles. I tweeted at him and Tugendhat that they should be more concerned about who hired Scruton, he doesn’t hide his light under a bushel.

    Whilst I’d like to see the Tories return to their Thatcher principles that ain’t gonna happen soon and they need the bandwidth to deal with Brexit.

  18. @Tim N

    Agree with all you said. Hatchet job on Scruton gone global. imo UK politicians are destroying our country & economy and our international credibility & respect as vengeance for us voting Leave

    .
    Odious media lies got Roger Scruton fired

    . “How lies from the media got conservative philosopher Roger Scruton fired from the UK Beautiful Building Commission”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIE-pS-dAgs

    Weak spineless “Conservatives” appease Left & SJWs yet again.

  19. Littlejohn today Brexit murderers like Mrs May put on trial at the Old Bailey?

    …Erskine-Brown, Defence: “If Your Lordship pleases, my clients refuse to recognise the legitimacy of this court.

    They believe members of the jury are too stupid to be trusted to reach the right verdict. They demand to be tried before a jury of their peers, at the European Court of Justice.”

    Judge: “Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, at the end of the trial you will retire to consider your verdict of Not Guilty.

    In the event of a majority in favour of Guilty, you will be instructed to keep on voting until you reach the right decision. We are adjourned until Halloween.”…

    Funny, but too true.

  20. “Whilst I’d like to see the Tories return to their Thatcher principles that ain’t gonna happen soon and they need the bandwidth to deal with Brexit.”

    By “deal with Brexit” you mean, of course, lock it away in an attic, starve it to death and burn its pitiful remains.

    Yes, the Conservative Party delenda est. But I fear that it won’t happen. Too many party loyalists still clinging to the chimerical hope that “common sense” will emerge triumphant from this stoney rubbish. It is less plausible and more laughable than invoking the return of King Arthur to save the Britons again.

  21. Makes me laugh… Tugendhat and Mercer are supposed to be the future of the party and in particular Mercer is deified for having served.

    But in reality, as I think some of us suspected all along, they’re just a pair of massive self-serving dickheads who finished behind a bucket of krill in the Mastermind qualifying rounds.

    If you think a new politician on the block is different from the others, just wait for the other shoe to drop before developing any hope at all.

  22. I have been in Germany for the last week and am currently in Berlin on holiday, so its kind of OT. Revisiting the whole West Berlin, post-WWII story, what a time and what a place, when they were holding out for the rest of the west and JFK, not to let the bastards get them.

  23. Yes the irony, here was a bunch of stranded European Westerners, born on the wrong side of a victors line on the map, totally surrounded, outnumbered and out gunned by their opponents. That were totally reliant on the outside world and their special friend JFK to throw them a life line in their darkest hour of need, and it was a Yankee that saved their bacon at the end of the day.

    In defusing the potential military flash point of the Berlin Tank Standoff, whilst keeping his many war hawk generals at bay, JFK more so than any other political leader of the day, allowed the cold-war and the post-cold war era to unfold as it has, in avoiding any direct WWIII starting type of strikes by either side and for keeping West Berlin in the west. McNamara often spoke of times like this where we have come that close to starting a nuclear war between us, including the Bay of Pigs, and how JFK always somehow managed to de-escalate the ever-growing calls for war.

  24. “A spokesman for the Board of Deputies of British Jews: “As soon as we saw Roger Scruton’s unacceptable comments we contacted the Government to make our concerns heard. We are satisfied the right decision has been made to dismiss him.” ”

    What’s the phrase? Oh, yes: Every. Single. Time.

  25. A spokesman for the Board of Deputies of British Jews:

    Jesus wept. Do they realise the alternative is Corbyn and his mates?

  26. That were totally reliant on the outside world and their special friend JFK to throw them a life line in their darkest hour of need…

    That description better suits Truman and the Berlin Airlift.

  27. And once more: Why would *anyone* submit to being interviewed without their own recording of it? If nothing else, the interviewer’s excuses for not allowing an independent recording would be hours of youtube comedy gold.

  28. Britain – and the West in general – is slowly moving from a Guilt/Innocence culture to an Honor/Shame culture. It no longer matters whether Scruton is guilty of racism; what matters is that he has been shamed publicly, and so everyone else has to condemn him quickly, lest the shame stick to them as well.

    Perhaps this is one of the fruits of mass immigration. There’s a video on youtube – or there was – which is a compilation of many different clips of a woman in Pakistan who was accused of burning a Koran. Without any form of trial, or any pretense at such, she is lynched by an ad-hoc mob, and her body is burned. Honor is maintained, and the question of innocence is irrelevant.

    The next generation of public figures, having grown up with these rules, will not care a whit whether they are guilty or innocent, so long as the public facade of honor can be maintained.

    Come to think of it, maybe we’re already at that stage.

  29. “That description better suits Truman and the Berlin Airlift.”

    Yes that works as well, plus Yankees again, I think the whole focus of the cold war and it being taking directly away from West Berlin was after the tank standoff was resolved, a damn close thing that it was. It was the very same US Commander, Lucius Clay in following JFK’s direct instruction pulled the US tanks back off from Checkpoint Charlie, immediately after the Soviets did on their side and as agreed between JFK and Khrushchev.

    ……………………………………………………………………………….

    “The U.S. Commander in Berlin, General Lucius Clay, responded by ordering what has become known to history as the Berlin Airlift, by which the needed supplies for the western sector of Berlin were airlifted in to the city. The Berlin airlift was a massive operation that went on for nearly a year, peaking in April of 1949 with nearly 1400 flights made to West Berlin delivering 12,000 tons of supplies in a 24 hour period.”

    “By a whisker JFK had once again averted war.

    The crisis in Berlin was resolved for the moment, but a question remains: why did Khrushchev trust that Kennedy would do as he promised in withdrawing the U.S. tanks if the Russians withdrew their tanks first? Why did he not insist that the Americans withdraw first? The answer to this is grasped when one realizes that Khrushchev apparently understood that Kennedy, if anything, was under more pressure from his military and intelligence people than he (Khrushchev) was. Because of their secret communication in September and because of JFK’s subsequent address at the U.N. which spoke hopefully of peace, Khrushchev thought he and Kennedy had been making progress on Berlin. He strongly suspected, therefore, that in Berlin, as well as other crisis zones, JFK was being undermined. By withdrawing first he gave Kennedy the “out” he needed to defuse the crisis.

    Khrushchev, as we shall see, was tragically and uncannily accurate in his assessment that Kennedy was being undermined.”

    http://fromanativeson.com/2013/03/14/jfk-and-the-road-to-dallas-confrontation-in-berlinby-mark-arnold/

  30. Britain – and the West in general – is slowly moving from a Guilt/Innocence culture to an Honor/Shame culture.

    An excellent observation.

  31. David Bowie was another of the young Berliners that went on to make it in life.

    See Bowie rekindling with real Berliners here, if you, like me, don’t like Bowie at the start of this one, relax, he quickly earns his forgiveness, he even tells himself to stf up as well on live, and then turns this performance of his into a heroes just for day, mega sensation.

    David Bowie – Heroes – Live in Berlin, 2002

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsYp9q3QNaQ

  32. “Like a lot of people these days, they’re more interested in pandering to the metropolitan middle classes and people who hate them than their core constituents. They are also woefully inept. If Britain is to revive its political fortunes, the Conservative party needs to be destroyed, the building razed, and the ground it stood on soaked with anthrax. There is nothing left to save, and nobody to redeem (except the one MP who reads my blog of course, because by doing so she’s proven she exposes herself only to the best ideas).”

    They’re basically patricians. They’re people who believe in nannying, on a personal level probably more than Labour, but in general, that a big state run by them is a good thing.

    See, they’re spending less than Labour are (AKA “evil Tory cuts”), but they aren’t doing this for ideological reasons to liberate people to make their own choices, but because they just want to get rid of the deficit. There’s a whole list of things they could do to roll back the state that they haven’t done.

    It’s really hard as a voter to get any appetite for a party that’s not going to cut waste, reform public services, raise opportunity, respect individual choices and defend free speech. There’s a total vacuum out there for a party that wants to cut government interference: reform planning laws, scrap the BBC license fee, privatise Channel 4, scrap HS2, destroy the “equality” industry, have a real bonfire of the quangos, scrap most of the foreign aid budget, destroy Public Health England and start again, cut most whitehall budgets and drastically simplify what government has to do.

  33. @BM4

    “There’s a total vacuum out there for a party that wants to cut government interference”

    That sounds like the perfect job for any budding and energetic 40yo alpha male, with plenty of drive and get up and go. He could name his price and his fortune for this role, plus he would be the most respected man of the people, which is why all of the businesses key stakeholders are now pushing hard for him to start, straight at the top.

  34. @Bloke on M4 on April 15, 2019 at 12:23 am

    +1 Well said, a public sector cull is needed

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