Back to beauty: Scruton reinstated to commission after ‘regrettable’ sacking | News


The outspoken academic was fired from his role as chair of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission in April in a row over comments he made in an interview with the New Statesman.

However after the magazine published a clarification of his comments on China and antisemitism, housing secretary James Brokenshire apologised for the way he had been sacked.

Brokenshire then wrote to Scruton, inviting him to return to co-chair the commission with Nicholas Boys Smith, who recently presented the findings of the commission’s interim report.

According to the Spectator, Brokenshire wrote: ‘I know that you still have so much more to give and hope this may also help to put things right after the regrettable events of recent months’.

Accepting the role, Scruton responded: ‘I am so pleased that all has been resolved in a friendly way and we can return to the matter in hand, which is so…



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