Erratic Star

Michael Foot

  • Moral Desperado: A Life of Thomas Carlyle by Simon Heffer
    Orion, 420 pp, £20.00, March 1995, ISBN 0 297 81564 4

Tory political philosophers are not easily come by, even in the atmosphere of intellectual body-snatching unloosed by the Peter-house School of historians. Confronted with the raw clash between rich and poor brought about by Thatcherite-Lawsonite-Majorite policies, Adam Smith would have recoiled. The social policy he sought to develop was more civilised than anything on offer today from the Howards and the Heseltines, the Portillos and the Lilleys.

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