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Lady Black of Crossharbour
Personal details
Born Barbara Joan Estelle Amiel
(1940-12-04) 4 December 1940 (age 76)
Watford, Hertfordshire, England
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Gary Smith (1964–1964)
George Bloomfield (1965–1971)
George Jonas (1974–1979)
David Graham (1984–1988)
Conrad Black (1992–present)
Residence Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Palm Beach, Florida, US
London, England
Education University of Toronto
Occupation Writer, columnist, socialite
Known for Wife of Conrad Black
Salary $1.1 million (1997–2003)
Religion Jewish

Among those people lucky enough, if you will, to have actually been brought to trial as a political prisoner, several historians have said there has not been one acquittal since the Bolshevik Revolution.
Barbara Amiel

When virtue is at liberty, so to some extent is vice.
Our society is not perfect and this will come as no surprise to many of you.
Barbara Amiel
The world today is divided into the free and the enslaved.
Dictatorships do cut down on rape, and pillage, not to mention sexual harassment, by the simple expedient of sending people to labour camps for life or cutting off their hands without a trial.
Barbara Amiel
Of course the barbarians' aim of world domination has not escaped the attention of the Europeans, perhaps because unlike us they are closer to the walls.
Barbara Amiel
Since Europe is dependent on imports of energy and most of its raw materials, it can be subdued, if not quite conquered, without all those nuclear weapons the Soviets have aimed at it simply through the shipping routes and raw materials they control.
Barbara Amiel
Outside the walls, among others, is the Soviet Empire. It is malevolent, destructive and expanding. It has swallowed up over half a dozen countries since World War II.
Barbara Amiel
I have been lucky enough to have had the opportunity of travelling across this country and enduring all the classic situations that go with talking to people.
Barbara Amiel
It did not occur to us that the Marxists' solution was fraudulent or that their vision was distorted, that whatever the wrongs in our society it was not the ideology of theirs that will cure them.
Barbara Amiel
The People's Republic of China has not yet reached the military might of the Soviet Empire. It requires a little more time and a little more infusion of Western aid, loans, technology and the hard currency of our tourists.
Barbara Amiel
Totalitarianism is feudalism in the twelfth century sense of the word.
Here in Canada, in the Western world, we are inside the walls. Outside the walls are the barbarians.
Barbara Amiel
The same liberty that protects me also protects members of the Mafia.
When virtue is at liberty, so to some extent is vice.
They are feeding the world that will devour them and their children.
There is sometimes a peculiar confusion in the West that equates progress to whatever is recent or whatever is new, and it is time we understood that progress has nothing to do with the chronology of an idea.
Barbara Amiel
I have got up at truly deplorable hours in the morning to confront Vancouver's Jack Webster on television because I have been told that is the place to get exposure for ideas.
Barbara Amiel
In a free world there is, alas, more common crime than in a dictatorial system.
Barbara Amiel
When faced with the inevitable fatigue that comes with the recycling of speeches and the recycling of thoughts in a rather small stream of vortex, I am urged to not be ashamed of recycling.
Barbara Amiel
There are, of course, all sorts of other unpleasant regimes outside the walls as well – the military dictators of Latin America and the apartheid regime of South Africa.
Barbara Amiel
All share complicity in the destruction of that much under-rated phenomenon called liberty.
Barbara Amiel
The interests of the Soviet Union are in controlling highly developed countries and having the benefit of their economies so that they can run their own inefficient empire.
Barbara Amiel
It is not empty rhetoric to talk of the Free World.
By now it is evident that the Soviet Union must gain control of Europe to maintain its empire.
Barbara Amiel
Only a free West can help the prisoners of today's left- and right-wing dictatorships.
Barbara Amiel