Conor Cruise O’Brien died last week. A scholar, journalist, government minister, diplomat and opponent of the IRA, he lived the most amazing life. Yes, I was a fan.
He was never afraid of saying the “wrong thing”, as he did so often. He was a man of principle, unfortunately more often than not surrounded by cowardly politicians and lilly-livered diplomats. His obituary in the Telegraph was the best of the many I read.
Read the article in its entirety. It’s inspirational.
It’s what a life looks like when someone lives it according to their beliefs, not caring a jot for what others think of us. He wasn’t a saint, he was far from perfect. I just wish there were a few more people with his standards in public office right now.