I’ve recently been working through a collection of essays by the inestimable John Maynard Keynes, Essays in Persuasion, that my mother gave to me for Christmas a few years ago. There is a lot of thought-provoking material within – as the title of the work implies, it’s fairly polemical in nature – that I may or may not blog about later, depending on whether I feel a sufficient amount of rigour to tackle a subject other than, er, what I ate for diner last night. In the meanwhile, though, allow me to share this excerpt from an essay called “Liberalism and Labour,” in which Baron Keynes attempts to carve out a place in the British political system for his dear Liberals (emphasis added):
Possibly the Liberal Party cannot serve the state in any better way than by supplying Conservative Governments with Cabinets, and Labour Governments with ideas.
This was written in 1926, mind, when the Liberal Party were in the process of losing more radical members to Labour and more moderate ones to the Conservatives, but I laughed aloud when I read it, for I would like to think that Keynes unintentionally predicted the outcome of a general election that would happen
74 84 (my arithmetic skills are clearly in decline) years later!