The Spectator

Bonds of friendship

A man cannot when he is in partnership be wholly master in his own house or office

Bonds of friendship
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From ‘The Rome conference and bonds of alliance’, The Spectator, 13 January 1917:

There may be the greatest possible good, nay, even salvation, in partnership or alliance; but the fact that partnerships and alliances do involve loss of free will, and that a man cannot when he is in partnership be wholly master in his own house or office, must never be forgotten. Yet, strangely enough, this is a fact which is constantly ignored even by our experts in foreign affairs, with results which are often not only exceedingly unfair to the British nation as a whole, but grossly unfair to individuals.