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A very significant person. His contribution shouldn't be underestimated. A very sad loss indeed.

This is a sad day.

Lord Harris was one of the reasons I got involved.

He will be missed.

Very sad day.

Excellent man, with the ideas to match.

RIP Lord Harris of High Cross.

RIP, Lord Harris of High Cross - an intellectual engine in the Thatcherite vehicle on the road to a freer society.

As a current student of the origins of Thatcherism, I must say that Lord Harris's contribution cannot be overestimated. He was arguing for economic liberalism and against the post-war 'socialist' consensus almost twenty years before Mrs Thatcher became leader. Derided as a loony extremist, he and his fellow thinkers were ignored by the mainstream, yet he stood firm and continued to make the case for the free market and monetarism. At last he was vindicated by the achievements of the Thatcher government, and it is well worth remebering that without 'ideas-men' such as Lord Harris, the economic miracle of the 1980s would not have happened. His argument turned out to be the winning argument, and for this we should all be thankful.

Now there was someone who deserved to be enobled. A man who made a massive contribution to the well-being of his country.

We need more like him, and we need them exerting influence now.

A sad loss - his personal contribution cannot be over-estimated. His refreshingly uncluttered approach to any issue was always invigorating and stimulating (hopefully somthing even his opponents would concede). Who will fill such a gap today?

His Grace is immeasurably saddened by this news, having met the man in both political and Christian gatherings.

Ralph was a founding father of the Institute of Economic Affairs because his Christian faith persuaded him that the liberalisation of economic structures was the key to feeding the poor and housing the homeless. He was one of those profound thinkers of the Right, with a maddening independent streak, who bothered to argue that in order to be able to give a coat to those who have none, one must have been in a position to earn two in the first place. To focus purely on the need, which the Church frequently preached, ignored the reality that wealth creation is the most effective means by which the plight of the poor may be eased.

His Grace was frequently confronted by Ralph's pipe(s) - an unmistakable aura - and challenged on levels that few political philosphers are now able to reach. He was unique; a man of his time, who (thankfully) coincided with the rise of a political soulmate in Margaret Thatcher.

You will be missed, my friend.

God bless.


A giant has fallen.

Oh how sad I met Lord Harris several times and he was kind enough to give me a pipe. (He was surprised to meet a pipe smoker in his 20s.) I met him often via the IEA and it is a sad day he has died. He will be sorely missed.

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