TB said in the end, there are big people and little people...The big people do big things and the little people do little things. You [Campbell] are a big person.
But the thing is, it's the little people doing little things who
matter. All the essentials of life come from the little people who
clean the streets and make our food. The humblest binman has done more
good for me in the last 10 years than Blair's managed.
And it's little people who know more than Blair ever will. They know to co-operate with their fellow man, rather than seek dominion over him; Pol Pot, Hitler, Mao and Stalin were all big people.
They know that dreams are dreams and reality is reality, and only lunatics and fanatics impose the former onto the latter, for that would be to make government a mere instrument of passion.
They know that "success" goes not to the wise and virtuous, but to the ambitious and rapacious, and that power not only corrupts but enslaves.
And they know, as Adam Smith did, that "wealth and greatness are mere trinkets of frivolous utility", that the paths of glory lead but to the grave, and that the true goods are those of excellence, not mere effectiveness.
And they know too that neither fame nor obscurity can disguise the fundamental equality between us. As a poet Gordon Brown is fond of citing wrote:
Full many a flower is born to blush unseen
And waste its sweetness upon the desert air
But it's a flower for all that.