Wednesday, May 30, 2007

A Response to the heirs of Blair

As the Cameroons declare themselves to be the heirs to Tony Blair, I would like to declare once again the key principle of Liberalism, taken from the book that is the badge of office of the President of the Liberal Democrats, On Liberty:

"The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilised community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, whether physical or moral is not a sufficient warrant. . . .Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign"

John Stuart Mill

So If it really is to be New Labour and Blue Labour then let us shout from the rooftops the errors of their ways! There is an alternative to to patronising public schoolboys. There is an alternative to managerialist nanny staters. There is an alternative to cavalier rejection of our ancient liberties.

The Liberal Democrats are founded on JS Mills principles- it is time to evangelise!


Julian H said...


Anonymous said...

Dammit, you're right - we need liberal policies, especially liberal taxation policies.