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Straight from the politician’s mouth

February 14, 2011

This is a Samizdata quote of the day for today. Mr. Clegg is deputy Prime Minister in England.

I need to say this – you shouldn’t trust any government, actually including this one. You should not trust government – full stop. The natural inclination of government is to hoard power and information; to accrue power to itself in the name of the public good.

– Nick Clegg, interviewed by Henry Porter It is quite remarkable for a serving British minister to say this on the record. Public protestation of belief in the benignity and good intentions of the state is the normal standard.

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