especially as reformists of the centre left and right (Clinton, Blair) came to dominate the
party-political scene after Thatcher and Reagan embedded the neoliberal revolution of the 1980s.
After the Cold War, in other words, the liberal world order was a fact of life. In Margaret
Thatcher’s immortal words, ‘thereisnoalternative’. The consequences of this focus on private enterprise, mobile money, weakened unions, reduced
state welfare and regulation and lower taxes are all too visible today in areas like wealth
Sun Tzu maintained 6 that in war one
should attack the enemy armies. And ‘the worst policy is to attack
cities. Attack cities only when thereisnoalternative.’
In ancient India the sacred writings
sought to introduce some measure of humanitarianism. The
Mahabharata 7 stated that ‘a king should never do such an
injury to a foe as would rankle the latter’s heart’, and
benefit to DE and some slight medical risk.
In A NHS Trust v DE the judge’s view of best interests accorded with the views of DE (as far as he was able to express them) and his family, however, there are occasions when a court rightly concludes that thereisnoalternative to treatment that the patient or family seeks to reject. A patient with learning disabilities and cancer of the womb initially agreed to a hysterectomy, but failed to (and then refused to) keep further appointments. The Court of Protection agreed that surgery was in her best interests, and that