British journalist and editor Alexander Chancellor died last Saturday at age 77. There are obituaries in all the broadsheet British papers, and a tribute by Taki
in the London Spectator
, of which Chancellor was Editor from 1977 to 1984.
I had no personal acquaintance with Chancellor, not even the usual telephone or snail-mail exchanges on editorial points; but it was under his editorship that my writing first appeared
in a general-interest periodical—as a cover story, in fact, billed above Malcolm Muggeridge
(of which I feel a bit ashamed on lèse-majesté
Just for that reason, I remember him with gratitude, and am sorry to hear of his passing.
was required reading in Britain during those years when managerial socialism transitioned to Margaret Thatcher's
version of National Conservatism with bumps and dislocations not unlike the ones we are currently experiencing in the U.S.A.
The magazine had a fine reactionary élan
, carried forward by a staff of mostly-young dissidents who sought to recover lost or forgotten
truths about human nature and society. (Chancellor was only 37 when he took over the editorship; and I believe it was from the offices of the Spectator
that the term "Young Fogey"
Alexander Chancellor, RIP.