“When the poor cried, Caesar wept –
Ambition should be made of sterner stuff”.
And what of the accusation that Caesar wished to become king?
Mark Antony says that three times he offered him the crown :
“Which he did thrice refuse. Was this ambition?
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious,
And Brutus is an honourable man.”
I come here tonight, in considerably happier circumstances, to talk
about dissenting opinions. I believe they have little part to play in
commercial arbitration. But I would not wish it to be thought that I have
come to bury dissent. Indeed, there are circumstances in which I would
praise it very highly.
We pride ourselves in living in a free country. We have no fear of
arbitrary imprisonment – of being arrested on the diktat of a Government
minister, imprisoned without charge, held without trial. We value liberty
too much. And yet, just over 60 years ago, many people living in this
country were arrested in the name of national security and imprisoned