Tuesday, December 29, 2009

200th birthday of Gladstone

Well, it would have been if he'd lived. He was the Grand Old Man of Liberalism and many of his sayings are as true today as they were 150 years ago. Most are at least thought provoking. In the light of David Cameron's appeal to Lib Dem voters this week I picked this out of all the sayings of Gladstone circulating round the blogosphere this morning:
"Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear."

Ponder and be warned!

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