Rebellion is part of human progress, says Lord Blair
Sunday 13 March 2011
Lord Blair, the former Metropolitan Police Commissioner, will say rebelling against the status quo is "triumphantly admirable", in a speech for Lent to be broadcast on Radio 4 this week.
The practising Anglican emphasises conflict as an "essential part of natural and human progress". Lord Blair, who led the Met at the time of the 7 July bombings in 2005, will say: "Conflict is an essential part of natural and human progress. Without human decisions fiercely to debate ideas, to risk all, to resist injustice and oppression – as we all have seen so powerfully in other parts of the Middle East recently – to take on and overturn received and complacent wisdom, mankind stagnates and loses sight of its highest purposes."
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