Tuesday, 21 March 2006

Chris Tame

It is my sad duty to announce the death of my dear friend, Dr Chris Tame. As my own modem broke down yesterday I was unable to post anything to this site until arriving at work this morning. I am taking the liberty of posting this message from Dr Sean Gabb who now takes over as director of the Libertarian Alliance. I travelled down to London last Tuesday and met Chris for the last time and can confirm Sean's description of Chris's bravery as he faced the end. Without Chris, I would never have discovered the libertarian movement and, like so many others, can say that Chris changed my life.
It is with the deepest regret that I must announce the death of Dr Chris R. Tame, Founder and President of the Libertarian Alliance.

Chris founded the Libertarian Alliance in the early 1970s. During the next 30 years, he worked tirelessly to recover the British libertarian tradition as a seamless heritage of freedom. He took issue with those Conservatives who saw freedom in terms purely of pounds and pence - and often not even as that. He took issue also with those who demanded freedom in all matters but those involving the getting and spending of money. He believed that freedom should be defined in the traditional English sense, as the rights to life, liberty and justly acquired property.

In July 2005, Chris was diagnosed with a rare and very aggressive form of bone cancer. Though only 55 at the time, and though he had avoided all those vices commonly believed to be dangerous, he took this diagnosis with great calmness. During the next eight months, he faced his approaching end with a fortitude and good humour that was an inspiration to those around him.

To the very end, he retained a keen interest in public affairs and in the welfare of his friends and loved ones. On his last day, he made sure to check his e-mails.

Chris died peacefully in his sleep at 3:37pm GMT on Monday the 20th March 2006. He was never alone during his last six days. Mrs Helen Evans and Dr Sean Gabb were by his side at the end.

Chris was married and divorced twice. He left no children.

Dr Gabb will make a further announcement in the next few days of the funeral arrangments. In the meantime, all further correspondence should be directed to him.

Chris leaves the Libertarian Alliance in the hands of Dr Timothy Evans and Dr Sean Gabb, who as President and Director, hope to carry on its work through the first decades of the 21st century.

-- Sean Gabb Director, the Libertarian Alliance

1 comment:

David Farrer said...

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I don't doubt that Chris will, in time, be marked as one of the greatest British liberal thinkers and activists in this island's history. He was rather like an older brother to many of us, and I will always fondly remember those 8 months when I lived at his flat in Southampton Row, the hilarious parties, his bad-taste jokes, his kindness and enthusiasm for life. I loved the man.

29 March 2006, 16:04:41 GMT+01:00
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Brian Monteith
It is truly a sad day. Chris crossed my political life in so many ways and provided philisophical insight to the fault lines in Conservative compromise, inspiration to continue with the struggle, moral support when times were low, and many funny, funny moments. Our shared enjoyment of Patrick McGoohan's 'The Prisoner' meant many vibrant discussions and his liberal support for causes even though he did not practise them marked him out as a true defender of other people's rights. My father died from bone cancer also, so from a distance I can guess at his fortitude and bravery - neither of which surprises me. If there was a hall of fame for British defenders of Liberty Chris Tame should be inducted unanimously.

21 March 2006, 20:10:23 GMT