“That the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others.”
This principle seems frightfully out of date now: as a platform for government, it is minimalist and clearly inadequate. But it also makes little sense when pressed up against the reality of modern life, in which we are compelled to do all sorts of things whether we are doing harm or not. Moreover, it is liberals that we find in the vanguard of attempts to control and compel us further down pathways of change.
“If you want Schiphol, Charles de Gaulle and to Frankfurt take the hub traffic, the best thing to do is don’t expand Heathrow....we need both.”“No is an answer, because the nation and especially the airlines and business, will know where they stand. The political class, because they want popularity, will have basically said, ‘let’s be a second-rate nation – over to you Germany.’ That’s what ‘No’ means.”
“It ought to go without saying that an open society is characterised by divergent outlooks, lifestyles and beliefs, but even in a liberal democracy there are limits: not everything that’s different is valuable. Embracing diversity indiscriminately is tantamount to protecting traditional habits and customs from critical scrutiny.”