Smiles admired personal qualities, the most important of which he termed character. One of its tests was how a man treated his dependants.
He thought acquisitive money-making vulgar, the purpose of saving was to be generous, and the poor man with a rich spirit was greatly preferable to the rich man with a poor spirit.
Smiles can be viewed as a one-nation Tory, but these sentiments are unlikely to be heard from the pulpit of the new right.
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