Friday, May 30, 2008

Godfrey Bloom is one of my heroes.

Godfrey Bloom: A brave new world that restricts our rulers

AS a regular speaker at schools and universities, one of the regular questions I ask young people is in what kind of world would they wish to live.

It is a particularly difficult question because being a student is a highly protected occupation. It is difficult to avoid the "motherhood and apple pie" answer.

Until relatively recently, we have lived in a fairly free society. Before the Great War, a gentleman could travel all over the world with just a visiting card. He could set up a business with almost no interference. Some of the great national icons, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury's and Boots, were created from nothing. There was a concept of public service, duty and tolerance that we can only dream of today.

Mr. Bloom also, on the subject of the EU's new £3 million rival to Facebook, said, “They must have more money than sense – but it’s not their money, it’s ours.”

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