‘Valiant for Truth.’ Sir Roger Scruton 1944-2020

14th January 2020 15

An appreciation by Merrie Cave Roger Scruton was the first editor of this magazine, started by the 6th Marquess of Salisbury and Diana Spearman. It sprang from the Salisbury Group, a dining club which thought there was too much emphasis on free market economics rather than culture and education in Mrs Thatcher’s new government.  The Group had published pamphlets but … [Read on]

Boris’s Granny

25th July 2019 7

I knew Boris’s maternal Granny in the nineties. She lived in the same block of flats as my mother in Oxford. They were both widows but Beechy (Beatrice )Lady Fawcett’s husband was Sir James Fawcett (who came from a family of distinguished liberals including the suffragette Millicent Fawcett) and a Fellow of All Souls and President of the European Commission on … [Read on]

‘Giving up is not allowed’. Sir Richard Body MP 1927-2018

20th March 2018 1

Sir Richard Body, (known to his friends as Dick) was a good friend to the Review over many years, providing new contributors – including himself, ideas, generous hospitality and suggestions about raising money. He also helped us put the magazine on a secure business footing. He was an outstanding parliamentarian in the days when some Members like him were not … [Read on]

Mervyn Matthews 1932-2017

11th March 2018 1

Mervyn Matthews was a long-time subscriber to the Salisbury Review, frequent contributor and the author of several books about his unusual life. He was raised in depressed Swansea, vividly described in Mervyn’s Lot, went to Manchester University and thence to Oxford where he looked forward to a successful academic career. However, his personal life was as dramatic and tragic as … [Read on]