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Maitland Lecture. Building Britain into Europe: Looking Towards the Opening of the Channel Tunnel

The events of mid-September taught us yet again two maxims to guide a British politician. As John Major watched his personal crusade against devaluation crumble about him in a few days, did he recall both: ‘A week is a long time in politics’ from Harold Wilson?; and ‘Market forces must be allowed to work’ from Margaret Thatcher? Perhaps he also recalled a third, older maxim: ‘Those who ignore history are condemned to relive it’. Sir Alistair Morton