The Daily Telegraph obituary for John Blundell

John Blundell, the author and former Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), who has died aged 61, was a leading proponent of libertarianism .

John Blundell was born on October 9 1952 at Congleton, Cheshire, and educated at the King’s School, Macclesfield, and the London School of Economics.

His early political background was within the Conservative Party, though later he saw the championing of free markets, property rights and individual liberty as best pursued beyond the constraints of party politics. However, he remained a close friend of David Davis, the former Conservative leadership contender, whom he met in the early 1970s when both were members of the Federation of Conservative Students. In 2009 Blundell recalled making student predictions with his friends that one day he would run the IEA; Michael Forsyth would be Secretary of State for Scotland; and Davis would be leader of the Conservative Party. “I got two out of three right, and I’m still looking forward to the third,” he said.

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