Ordeal by Planning
Ordeal by Planning
I have written this book reluctantly. I know that it will offend some of my friends and I fear it may hurt some of those with whom I worked in friendly co-operation during the war. But I had no option. For I believe that the recent melancholy decline of Great Britain is largely of our own making. The fall in our standard of living to a level which excites the pity and evokes the charity of many other richer countries, the progressive restrictions on individual liberties, the ever-widening destruction of respect for law, the steady sapping of our instinct for tolerance and compromise, the sharpening of class distinctions, our growing incapacity to play a rightful part in world affairs -- these sad changes are not due to something that happened in the remote past. They are due to something which has happened in the past two years. At the root of our troubles lies the fallacy that the best way of ordering economic affairs is to place the responsibility for all crucial decisions in the hands of the State. It is a simple error, it is certainly an understandable error. But it is one which, driven to its logical conclusion, as it is now being driven by those who have been constitutionally put into power, can bring upon us untold miseries and humiliations of which the past two years have given us a foretaste. Holding these views, and knowing that basically the men and women of this country are of such a quality that they merit, and can indeed in the right environment command, a better fate than now seems to be in store for them, it would have been disloyal of me not to attempt to say my part.
There will be those who will dismiss this book as essentially negative and destructive. And so it is, if clearing a field of weeds before planting the new crop is negative and . . .