Free people

Free people make mistakes and willingly take risks. If we hold politicians responsible for everything that goes wrong, they will take away our liberty so that nothing can go wrong. They will do this not for our protection against risk, but for their own protection against criticism.

Jonathan Philip Chadwick Sumption, Lord Sumption – British author, medieval historian and judge, 2012-2018 Justice of the Supreme Court (b. 1948), from the interview “Set us free from lockdown, ministers, and stop covering your backs.” in “The Sunday Times” (May 17th, 2020), Quotations book 2022