Here is the latest nomination in our series highlighting people David Cameron should consider appointing to the House of Lords.
If you would like to nominate someone, please email Jonathan Isaby with your suggestion, ideally including key arguments for the nomination as well as biographical information. The sources of nominations will be treated confidentially where requested.
No. 51: Dr Madsen Pirie
Russell Walters writes:
"I’d like to nominate Dr Madsen Pirie, President of the Adam Smith Institute, who has been a prominent and particularly effective advocate of free markets, especially during the 1979-97 Conservative Government.
"Originally a qualified Conservative agent turned councillor, he received 2 degrees and a PhD before working for the Republicans in the US Congress and lecturing in logic and philosophy. At the helm of the ASI he published numberless proposals that broke new ground in promoting markets, incentives, opportunities, privatisation and contracting out, many of which he drafted himself. Dr Pirie’s relentless optimism about freedom and intellectually pugnacious critiques of the public sector inspired Conservatives at every level in the 1980s and often beat a path the Government followed.
"Author of scholarly works on economics and public policy, as well as popular books on logic, Dr Pirie’s eloquence and grasp of the fundamentals of philosophy and policy would add weight and prestige to the Conservative team in the Lords.”
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