Thursday, October 19, 2006

Lord Harris of High Cross (10th December 1924 - 19th October 2006)

His Grace is immeasurably saddened by the news that Ralph Harris has died.

Ralph was a founding father of the Institute of Economic Affairs because his Christian faith persuaded him that the liberalisation of economic structures was the key to feeding the poor and housing the homeless. He was one of those profound thinkers of the right, with a maddening independent streak, who bothered to argue that in order to be able to give a coat to those who have none, one must have been in a position to earn two in the first place. To focus purely on the need, which the Church frequently preached, ignored the reality that wealth creation is the most effective means by which the plight of the poor may be eased. He possessed immeasurable insight into how the European Union damages the United Kingdom, and saw all things clearly, in three and sometimes four dimensions.

His Grace was frequently confronted by Ralph's pipe(s) - an unmistakable aura - and challenged on levels that few political philosophers are now able to reach. He was unique; a man of his time, who (thankfully) coincided with the rise of a political soulmate in Margaret Thatcher.

You will be missed, my friend.

God bless.


Anonymous G Eagle said...

Your Grace

"to be able to give a coat to those who have none, one must have been in a position to earn two in the first place"

Well said - sie haben recht

So many Christians think they are "left of centre" - why are they so negligent and wilfully oblivious about the lives & families being deleteriated by our Ghastly Tax System

Having seen one (Irish) family man jailed for 3 years for a trivial tax fraud, it was for me one family damaged too many

In Christ, your obedient servant etc


19 October 2006 at 20:24  
Blogger Croydonian said...

Thank you.

19 October 2006 at 21:00  
Anonymous Ulster Man said...

Thank you, Your Grace.

Have you seen the BBC attempt at an obit?

"Lord Harris of High Cross, an outspoken eurosceptic and pro-smoking supporter, has died at the age of 81."

That's about it in terms of substance. Talk about reducing things to the lowest denominator. Just 'Eurosceptic' and 'pro smoking'. No mention of his foundation of the IEA or of his huge contribution to Thatcherism. Typical.

19 October 2006 at 22:47  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A sad day.

Your Grace, my sincere condolences on the loss of your friend.

20 October 2006 at 10:27  
Anonymous Colin said...

A great man, indeed !

Thank you, His Grace, for honoring Lord Harris on your blog.

20 October 2006 at 21:35  
Anonymous Lena Mouse said...

I didn't know this man, but he clearly was important to free market thinking, and had morals and courage.

Thank you for making me aware and I am sorry for your loss.

21 October 2006 at 10:55  

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