“It is better to play for nothing than to work for nothing.”
Adam Smith, quoted in Jan de Vries The Economy of Europe in an Age of Crisis, 1600-1750
NB this interview was done before the government said it would pay Admiral Norman’s legal bills. But I stand by my claim that the ordeal he went through, including having to fund the case himself while it was in progress and with no reasonable expectation that his bills would be covered, constitutes a powerful deterrent to anyone rocking the boat or, in this case, the supply ship..
“The profit motive is not a noble motive. It is not a gallant motive. It is not artistic. It is not dignified. And yet, it seems useful.”
Henry Luce, quoted in Calgary Sun Jan 25, 1990
“Progress mainly depends on the extent to which the strongest and not merely the highest forces of human nature can be utilised for the increase of social good.”
Professor Alfred Marshal, quoted in Nigel Birch, The Conservative Party