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"One last hurrah for democracy!" - Eamonn Butler, head of the Adam Smith Institute

Eamonn Butler is first and foremost an economist. He has worked in the United States House of Representatives in Washington DC, focusing on pensions and welfare problems. He is now Director of the Adam Smith Institute.

He has written a number of books, including: "The Rotten State of Britain", "Hayek: His Contribution to the Economic and Political Thought of Our Time", and "Milton Friedman: A Guide to his Economic Thought". He is also known for his work on intelligence and IQ testing. He has extensively contributed to The Times and other national magazines and newspapers. He writes about a diverse range of subjects, including health policy, economic management, taxation and public spending, transport, pensions, and e-government.

He came and spoke to our students about the perils and gains of a democratic system, highlighting the fact that nothing can ever be truly democratic in the system that we live in today and how maybe that is a good thing if we are looking to avoid Mill’s tyranny of the masses.