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Quotation for Today – Lord Acton on government legitimacy


Given the actions and behaviours of politicians in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is well worth remembering this quote from Lord Acton

“Limitation is essential to authority. A government is legitimate only if it is effectively limited.” – Lord Acton


John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton, 13th Marquess of Groppoli, KCVO, DL (10 January 1834 – 19 June 1902) was an English Catholic historian, politician, and writer. He was the only son of Sir Ferdinand Dalberg-Acton, 7th Baronet,[1] and a grandson of the Neapolitan admiral and prime minister Sir John Acton, 6th Baronet.[2][3] Between 1837 and 1869 he was known as Sir John Dalberg-Acton, 8th Baronet.

He is perhaps best known for the remark, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men…”, which he made in a letter to an Anglican bishop MORE AT LINK

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