Review: The Nye and Clem story

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I cannot claim to have known Aneurin Bevan, though I met him once and must have heard him speak a dozen times, including his great Trafalgar Square speech during the Suez War, and his final Labour Party conference speech after the 1959 election defeat. He was the hero of my younger years, and I eagerly…


Review: On Liberty by Shami Chakrabarti

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Like John Stuart Mill’s 1859 treatise of the same name, On Liberty is a timely wake-up call. But while Mill was an establishment figure deploying the philosophical reasoning of utilitarianism to decry tyranny, Chakrabarti, having forsaken the establishment, engages in a direct attack from the frontline. Formerly a Home Office high-flyer, as Director of Liberty…