There have been some fine, moving and erudite obituaries written for Roger Scruton. However, I would just like to add a few additional thoughts that I hope reveal a different side of the man.

Roger Scruton was renowned as hating communism. So how on earth did he form an unlikely liaison with me, the publisher of Living Marxism? In turn, why would I become such an admirer of Europe’s leading conservative philosopher? He famously declared that he became so angry watching students (“middle class hooligans”) in Paris in May 1968 smashing windows and overturning cars, that he actively became conservative. He then admitted that I would have been the type who might have rioted.