Democracy

“Listening to the Gospel on Palm Sunday, it struck me that many people criticise Pontius Pilate for his role in the affair while letting the multitude go scot free. Pilate did what little he could to dissuade them from the extremely unpleasant course of action on which they were set, but the multitude kept shouting for a crucifixion. Pilate could not have done more without provoking a riot. The crucifixion when it happened was a victory for direct democracy against the effete, liberal paternalism of Pilate.
If I am right, and the crucifixion be seen as an early victory for the principle of direct democracy, then it must follow…that good men should struggle to confound and frustrate the multitude whenever possible.”

Auberon Waugh

Time

“Time hath his revolutions: there must be a period and an end to all temporal things—finis rerum—an end of names and dignities, and whatsoever is terrene;—and why not of De Vere?—for where is Bohun? Where is Mowbray? Where is Mortimer? Nay, which is more, and most of all, where is Plantagenet?”

Sir Ranulph Crewe as Lord Chief Justice

 

Many years ago, I read this quote in a book of names and it has haunted me since.