File it under “How did I miss this?”
Frequent visitors are aware of my fondness for the work of British philosopher Roger Scruton — I’ve mentioned him well over a dozen times here over the years, and even when I don’t find myself agreeing with him, I find him to be someone I must take seriously. In many respects, he is a model of what an intellectual man of the Right should be.
And a couple of weeks back, he was created a Knight Bachelor by the Queen, who announced it in her Birthday Honours List. His response was simple: “I feel grateful and encouraged to receive this honour for work that has in any case always been for me a reward in itself.”
That strikes me as particularly appropriate, as his work has left me (and others) both grateful and encouraged in our turn.
Congratulations, Prof. Scruton.