“Western capitalism has not yet discovered a dynamic substitute for the self-advancing entrepreneur. Only the prospect of personal gain can provide the lively eye on the future, the gambler’s skill, the restless awareness of what industries are finished and what still to come, on which the city’s reputation must eventually stand or fall.”
(From Anatomy of Britain by Anthony Sampson, 1926 – 2004)
John Lentell (who, while acknowledging the awful truth of this statement, does not interpret it as licence for the abandonment of altruistic concepts in civic affairs).
14th December, 1969