The Apollo Project
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Monday, January 16, 2006
Answer to first leadership quiz
by Peter

Thanks to all those who took part in the quiz.

The author of that spirited evocation of Liberals past and present was...

...Adair Turner (aka Lord Turner). Turner is better known of late for his report on pensions (a report which upset Gordon Brown). The paragraph quoted is the closing paragraph of his book Just Capital. (Here is a review by Samuel Brittan).

Who needed to say something like this? I think Simon Hughes needed to say it - and indeed he has said he no longer believes in 50% Income Tax. So perhaps there is hope for Simon yet.
posted by Peter Pigeon @ 10:03 am  
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