Cornelius Tacitus - (55-117 A.D.)
Senator and a historian of the Roman Empire.
Source: Annales (1st century A.D.)
Worth bearing in mind when one considers the plethora of new laws enacted by the New Labour government since 1997.
"The study of history is a powerful antidote to contemporary arrogance. It is humbling to discover how many of our glib assumptions, which seem to us novel and plausible, have been tested before, not once but many times and in innumerable guises; and discovered to be, at great human cost, wholly false." -- Paul Johnson