An intermittently Liberal anthology compiled by Jonathan Calder

Friday, October 10, 2003  

Macaulay foresees Tony Blair
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)

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