Tag Archives: Margaret Thatcher
July 18, 2014Posted by on
A NEW EXAMINATION OF MORALS AND THE LAW by T. E. Utley
Of all the ills that human hearts endure,
How small that part which laws may cause or cure.
Those lines, widely and falsely attributed to Samuel Johnson and in fact written by Oliver Goldsmith, used to represent one of the most important ingredients in Tory thinking. Today, most Tories would feel inclined to qualify them. Laws may be capable of doing little good, but we have learnt that they are powerful engines of evil, of consequences which their authors never intended or foresaw but which press hardly and deeply into the lives of ordinary people. Read more of this post
July 7, 2012Posted by on
I would hesitate to describe myself as pragmatic during my time spent in the Civil Service. In its archaic use (pragmatic – active in an officious or meddlesome way) it fits too well with my perception of the Civil Service. I would often describe myself to my colleagues as a ‘Socialist Thatcherite’. My early childhood during WWII made me ‘a socialist sympathiser’ and in this I would admit to a philosophy of pragmatism. While ‘Socialist Thatcherite’ fits well into the category of an oxymoron, my colleagues, who for the most part were Tory supporters (in varying degrees) could well be described as ‘Thatcherite Socialists’. They were quite happy for the reforms advocated by Thatcher to be implemented elsewhere, but not in the Civil Service sector served by them. Public money was perceived as being a horn of plenty but they soon found out that Thatcher was no Abundantia. She in turn was to find out that the Civil Service was conservative only with a small ‘c’. Read more of this post