Magazine article The Spectator

Peregrine Worsthorne

Magazine article The Spectator

Peregrine Worsthorne

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Postwar British journalism has generated one worthwhile new form: the political column. It has been mastered by only a few practitioners, of whom the most noteworthy are probably Alan Watkins, Henry Fairlie and Peregrine Worsthorne. While Watkins brought to bear the techniques of a novelist, Worsthorne (who saw war service alongside Michael Oakeshott, the greatest Conservative thinker of the last century) has applied the insights of a political philosopher. His art has been to place day-today Westminster struggles in the context of a grand battle of ideas. What makes his work so delicious, however, is the combination of this intellectual rigour with an incorrigible high Tory romanticism. He still blazes away today, at 87.

Paul Johnson, 82. No living writer combines such breadth of knowledge with such effortless authority.

Harold Evans, 82. …

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