I believe in the supreme worth of the individual and in his right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I believe that the law was made for man and not man for the law; that government is the servant of the people and not their master.
John D. Rockefeller Jr. 1941
JP’s decision to leave his native Belgium and settle in the UK has been this country’s gain. Whether founding Freedom Week in Cambridge, or championing lower taxes on Westminster Council, JP has set about making the case for smaller government – and he has done so with the zeal and determination of the new arrival.
It is clear from his book that what attracted JP to this country was the Thatcherite revolution of the 1980s. Having read Hayek’s Road to Serfdom as a school boy, he immigrated to free market Britain to – as he puts it – “integrate and follow its ways”.
JP’s book asks how much of what initially attracted him to come to Britain remains? What if anything is left of the British exceptionalism that once compelled a young Belgian schoolboy to want to come to live here?
This book does not pull any punches in dissecting what has gone wrong – the relentless advance of Big Government and the retreat of freedom. But it offers us hope and inspiration, too.
The hope lies in the ideas JP proposes to halt and reverse our descent into collectivism. The inspiration comes from JP’s own tale about the ideas that drew him to Britain in the first place. If classical liberal ideas can make a young, idealistic Belgian move country, they might yet make government ministers do the right thing.
Read this book – and if you are government, do what JP suggests.