Irish statesman who thought his way through British politics

Edmund Burke: Philosopher, Politician, Prophet by Jesse Norman. William Collins, €25.20. Reviewed by Andrew Lynch.

22nd June, 2013
A 19th century engraving of Anglo-Irish politician Edmund Burke speaking in the House of Commons in support of a 1788 motion for the abolition of slavery. Photo: Getty


This is a book about 18th century politics with a 21st century context. Jesse Norman is one of the British Conservative Party's brightest young talents and has been widely tipped as a future prime minister. By writing this heartfelt tribute to the great Anglo-Irish statesman Edmund Burke, he is dropping a clear hint about the values that will inspire him if he ever makes it to 10 Downing Street.

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