The phrase GB probably wishes he could use

I gather a defendant in one court case, having been found guilty, was asked if there was anything he wished to say.  He replied:

‘Yes.  Beam me up, Scotty.’

I can’t help thinking that over the past couple of days Gordon Brown has probably been having a similar thought.

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About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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10 Responses to The phrase GB probably wishes he could use

  1. Carl.H says:

    I don`t honestly believe there was any chance in the first place, people had enough before they became “bigots” for mentioning immigration.

    There is only so much dishonesty people can handle, I am reminded of Oliver Cromwell`s speech of 20th April 1653

    “It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonored by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice; ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government; ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money.

    Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess? Ye have no more religion than my horse; gold is your God; which of you have not barter’d your conscience for bribes? Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the Commonwealth?

    Ye sordid prostitutes have you not defil’d this sacred place, and turn’d the Lord’s temple into a den of thieves, by your immoral principles and wicked practices? Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation; you were deputed here by the people to get grievances redress’d, are yourselves gone! So! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors.

    In the name of God, go!”

  2. Croft says:

    I know the speech well but I’ve always been rather troubled with it as a good rallying cry. The words of a dictator who broke, made and rebroke parliaments according to their pliancy to his cabals wishes is not exactly a moral and constitutional guardian!

    Beware of the sympathy vote LN!

  3. Frank W. Summers III says:

    Carl H.,
    There is no doubt that Cromwell is in the very most disliked list of Brits in history when I am making the list. He destroyed many good things that can never be restored and set in motion evils never stopped. However, he also was occasioned by real evils and knew how to undo them. To follow his Biblical theme, the voice of God calls the pagan Persian Emperor Cyrus “my son” or “my anointed”. When Job has questions about the human condition that cannot be satisfied the voice of God points out monsters, Nile Crocodiles and such, and the might of physical forces as a cause for humilty. We do see something purifying in a man like Cromwell even if we despise him.

    • Lord Norton says:

      Frank W. Summers III: One of the good things he tried to destroy was the House of Lords.

    • Carl.H says:

      Judging a man, of 400 years ago, based on the ethics and morals of a modern age is not a good thing to do I feel. It`s like thinking when the aircraft is on fire we all form an orderly queue to escape, until you`re in the situation you cannot know what you would do.

  4. ladytizzy says:

    May I suggest you start a new tag/category called ‘where to start’?

    He will keep psychoanalysts busy for years. Mind you, will he be The One who, by taking the ermine, finally puts a closed sign up in the HoL?

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