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“The privilege of public service” Michael Gove’s Ditchley Lecture – full text

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“The privilege of public service” Michael Gove’s Ditchley Lecture – full text
Writing in his Prison Notebooks, ninety years ago, the Italian Marxist thinker Antonio Gramsci defined our times. “The crisis consists precisely of the fact that the inherited is dying – and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear”. Gramsci’s analysis was developed between 1929 and 1935. The stability of the Edwardian Age – of secure crowns, borderless travel, imperial administrative elites and growing economic globalisation – was a memory. The inherited world of aristocratic liberalism had gone. But a new world of liberal, democratic nation states with welfare systems, social insurance and...
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