I’m Liberal because I believe in the inherent goodness of human nature. We should maximise individual liberty because that will allow the human spirit to optimally thrive, and for happiness to be maximised. I am not a Liberal only towards those whose actions impoverish and restrict the right and freedom of others. My aim for society is to have no punishments because everyone understands that damaging others impoverishes all. My aim as head of a school is to get rid of all punishment. But, in the real world, I recognise that some illiberality is necessary to enhance the liberty of all.
Anthony Seldon is a political commentator and Master of Wellington College.