Each age seems to experience a phase of intense philosophical reflection on a civilisation’s meanings, motivations, and accomplishments. The purpose of the exercise is to reappraise the values of a culture and to question the intentions of our forebears. Still, recent revisionist accounts of British history have curiously excluded one of the most important, relevant and radical figures of the 18th century – Charles James Fox.
Diplomats represent their governments. These days they seldom lie; their political leaders do that for them.