In this book Macmillan sets out his vision for a prosperous, tolerant and inclusive society, and explains very convincingly and in great detail how it can be achieved. His thorough knowledge of economics, politics and human nature shines through clearly in everything he says. His proposals are refreshingly pragmatic, with no trace of ideology, they just represent clear-sighted good sense. . It was of course written before his rise to prominence and well before his premiership, when (as I prefer to think) circumstances forced him into taking a more right-wing stance. I feel sure it represents his true beliefs, as evidenced by the fact that in the preface to the 1978 version he said "... I have not changed the philosophy that underlies the work." Understand why he was so deeply disturbed by the philosophy of Margaret "there is no such thing as society" Thatcher.He presents the human face of Conservatism. He clearly cared deeply about everyone in society, especially the poor and disadvantaged, and shows how we can all enjoy the security that comes from being free from want in all its forms.He doesn't defend principles or economic dogma. He shows us what can and can't work in a real world of real people with real needs and hopes and fears.His is the voice of a true statesman. He has much to teach us about real-world economics and about the true purpose of government.
HB with DJ, VERY GOOD, 1978 REISSUE, tight and clean, with no markings.