Thursday, 16 October 2008

J S Mill

Casting around at yesterday's opening of Lord St we got to discussing the changing face of Southport's Tories. It is not a great revelation that they have been squabbling and nasty to each other for some while and it is stating the blindingly obvious to say that amongst those who have been knifed and vilified or just chosen quitely to leave are some of the most impressive members of their group. I make no comment on thos ewho have tried to replace them. All yesterday there was a quotation buzzing around in my head. I was fairly sure that it came from J S Mill's essay On Liberty. I finally sat down to read it last night and there it was in chapter 5:

'a State, which dwarfs its men, in order that they may be more docile instruments in its hands even for beneficial purposes, will find that with small men no great thing can really be accomplished'