Charles James Fox

At the edge of Bloomsbury Square in London there is a statue of Charles James Fox.  As part of my quest to see a new (to me, at least) statue each time I visit London, I headed there to see the work that was erected in 1816, ten years after his death.


Fox shows that there is much to be admired in parliamentarians who do not hold power.  Although he served as Foreign Secretary for a short while, he spent most of his time in opposition and most of that time opposing William Pitt the Younger.  He was an opponent of the monarch of the time, George 111, and, rather interestingly, his views became more radical as he grew older.  He supported the American bid for Independence, for example, and he was a keen supporter of the anti-slavery movement and the revolution in France.

In an age when British politicians resign from the Commons as soon as it is clear they will not make it to the top, or will not stay at the top, the career of Charles James Fox is a refreshing reminder that there are other ways to serve.


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