4 time British Prime Minister William Gladstone was born on this date 213 years ago in 1809.
He was both a strong opponent of slavery and a statesman who tried to get people to see during the American Civil War that the confederacy’s determination to be independent could not be ignored. He opposed restoration of The Union by military force from the North.
60’s guitar hero Jimi Hendrix borrowed Gladstone’s dream of looking “forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace.”
I admire the idealism, which I glimpse from outside their language and culture, of Iranian women and their families and community in Melbourne, who are now opposing evil tyranny by calling it out.
I hope that idealism can succeed.
Geoff Fox, 29th December, 2022, Down Under