Unfortunately, power breeds inevitable isolation. Hence many lose sight of the 'greater good' and adopt policies of desperate self-preservation. Recent examples are Norman Lamont, Graham Taylor, Ted Dexter and John Patten. In fact, the only honourable people of recent years who spring to mind are Brian Clough and the ex- head of the London Ambulance service, both of whom had the grace and courage to acknowledge responsibility by resigning.
Resignation is not a sign of weakness but an indication of strength of character - a realisation of these limitations. I hope that we in the United Kingdom soon learn to 'fall on our swords' again when necessary, before failure becomes even more commonplace.
M. TARIQ ALI
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