The search for Self is vain, because it is a search for something that does not exist except as a mythical concept which has had to be taken into the structure of language by common assent. If it is used in any other way than as a fictitious convenience - if it is taken as meaning something real and enduring - it cannot be anything but a stumbling-block to the development of right understanding.
Eric Lubbock, Lord Avebury, b September 29, 1928. Upper Canada College & Balliol College Oxford (BA 1949, boxing blue); Welsh Guards (Second Lieut) 1949-51; Rolls Royce (aero-engine division) 1951-6; Production Engineering 1956-60; Charterhouse Group 1960-2.
MP Orpington 1962-70; Liberal Chief Whip 1963-70;
Chair, Parliamentary Civil Liberties Group 1964-70; Parliamentary Human Rights Group, 1976-1997; Traveller Law Reform Unit; Peru Support Group, 2003-; Cameroon Campaign Group 2003-
Speaker's Conference on Electoral Law 1963-5; Select Committee on Science and Technology, 1968-70; Royal Commission on Standards of Conduct in Public Life, 1974-6
President, Data Processing Management Association, 1972-5; Fluoridation Society, 1972-84; Conservation Society, 1973-83; London Bach Society, 1984-98; ACERT (Advisory Council for Education of Romanies & Travellers) 2001-;TAPOL (Indonesian human rights); Kurdish Human Rights Project;
Patron, Angulimala (Buddhist Prison Chaplaincy), 1992-; Founder, Parliamentarians for East Timor, 1988; Vice-Chair, Parliamentary Group for Tibet; Member, Institution of Mechanical Engineers (MIMechE); Fellow, British Computer Society (FBCS).
Packed meeting to commemorate the life of Dr Sadegh Sarafkandi, Leader of the Kurdish Democratic Party of Iran, assassinated with his comrades by agents of the Iranian régime on September 17, 1992 at the Mykonos restaurant, Berlin. The principal speaker was Abdallah Hassanzadeh, current Leader of the KDPI. Other main speakers were Roya Hakakian, writer and journalist; Parviz Dastmalchi, leading Iranian intellectual and writer, survivor of the Mykonos massacre; Jeremy Corbyn MP, vice-chair of the Parliamentary Human Rights Group; Dr Alireza Nourizadeh, Iranian scholar and contemporary historian, and Golaleh Shrafkandi, member of the leading committee of the Kurdistan Democratic Party. The meeting was organised by Mouloud Swara, UK Representative of the Kurdistan Democratic Party.