Friday, October 10, 2003
Macaulay foresees Tony Blair
posted by Jonathan Calder |
He did not, it is true, intend to act unjustly. He firmly believed that he was doing right, and defending the cause of the poor against the wealthy. Yet this well-meant meddling probably did far more harm than all the explosions of his evil passions during the whole of his long reign. We could make shift to live under a debauchee or a tyrant; but to be ruled by a busybody is more than human nature can bear.
Thomas Babington Macaulay's review of Frederic the Great and his Times by Thomas Campbell (1842)