By Donal Blaney (July 7 2008)
Dr Madsen Pirie and Eamonn Butler are giants of the British conservative movement. Their work, particularly with young people, has given thousands an exposure to free-market philosophy that will have stood them in good stead over the past 30 years. I myself attended an ASI event back in 1991 and I know that Eamonn and Madsen's monthly drinks receptions remain a focal point of the movement even to this day (and rightly so).
I was therefore delighted to see that the Adam Smith Institute's hard work has paid off in Edinburgh this weekend with the unveiling of a statue to Adam Smith. The ASI raised the funds for this statue single-handedly. This was a truly visionary project that one wishes other think-tanks would consider following (a statue of Ronald Reagan planned for Grosvenor Square by one organisation is still at the pre-planning stage).
Published in Blaney's Blarney Blog here