Having cleared my correspondence, I now intend to be comprehensively offline for a few days.

And moreover, having traversed a wide range of issues which go wrong in people’s lives, with which the state seems incompetent to help to varying degrees, I am ever more confirmed in the view that I expressed in an article on ConservativeHome:

The change we need is a change within. From a belief that human relationships should be based on class conflict and mutual plunder mediated by the State, to a reliance on mutual cooperation. From the view that business is somehow bad, to the realisation that all enterprise is social. From condemnation of profit, to an understanding that it is a measure of the value created for others. From fear of bearing risk, to the truth, that the search to create value for other people is the foundation of worthwhile community. From waiting for the State to decide and provide, to energetic, innovative mutual support.

See also John 15:9-17 or even Galatians 3:21-29.

Merry Christmas. It’s still a time with profound meaning for society.


  1. Thanks for this, Steve. I hope you have a wonderful and restful Christmas with family and friends. Immanuel!

  2. “Be the change you want to see in the world ” Mahatma Gandhi

  3. Catherine in Athens

    A merry, peaceful and restful Christmas to you, too, Steve. We’ll need you more than ever in 2012.

  4. All the best for 2012 Steve – keep up the good work