Friday, 21 January 2011
It is odd to see Dr Owen re-position himself again, this time as a tribune of the left. His erstwhile colleague Lord Skedesky (who if my memory serves me correctly took the Tory whip in the Lords under Thatcher) has been writing in the New Statesman and this week Owen joins him to attack Lib Dems for departing from Beveridge. If anyone wants to buy Owen a present Beveridge's 1948 Voluntary Action, A Report on the Methods of Social Advance, would be good. It has the virtue of being written whilst he was a member of the Liberal Party rather than in a period when he was journeying to that destination. His forthright attack on monopoly provision and the role of mutual organisations is most instructive.
Posted by iain at Friday, January 21, 2011