Friday, October 31, 2008

Lord Tebbitt speaks in honour of Baroness Thatcher's Bruges Speech

Cranmer has mentioned the dinner held on Monday by the Bruges Group to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Margaret Thatcher’s famous Bruges Speech.

Here are excerpts of Lord Tebbitt's contribution, in which he calls on the Conservative Party to take early action when in power to resolve the European question. He encourages the next Conservative government to show ‘Thatcherite courage and determination’.

It is vintage stuff. And there is a brief glimpse of the Great Lady towards the end.

Whatever happened to political 'greatness'?


Anonymous oiznop said...

"Whatever happened to political 'greatness'?"

It's waiting for great politicians. There aren't any. They're all compromised mediocrities.

31 October 2008 at 15:22  
Blogger Homophobic Horse said...

Forget it Cranners, Dave Dickhead is the end of the Conservative Party.

31 October 2008 at 18:01  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Whatever happened to political 'greatness'?"

Right, Oiznop.

I think political greatness stems from the beliefs of individuals: in ideals like Truth, Freedom, Justice, Knowledge, Reason, Goodness, the Common Good, Trust, Duty - -. And it relies on people with the courage to uphold those convictions: people in both Government and the Electorate.

Hardly anyone on either side of the fence has such a lexicon, nowadays. Our language is itself corrupted by the euro models - and the inferiority of those models is now manifesting itself to those who have eyes. But how many are left - who will see?

Of course: the situation suits the euros down to the ground - ignorant peasants form their natural context.

31 October 2008 at 18:11  
Blogger ultramontane grumpy old catholic said...

Your Grace

It's a pleasure to listen to Lord Tebbit. He speaks a lot of good sense.

At present, there is a divide between British pragmatism and European rhetoric.

A Europe of friendly states is certainly the ideal, and today the nations in Europe are more or less all friendly. But what of the future. Will this prevail?

At the end of the nineteenth century, people in this country thought that Germany would remain friendly, while France was the potential enemy. But after the Kaiser's bid for Naval supremacy the UK began to think in terms of a different alliance. So circumstances can change.

At least with the European Union, there is a continuing effort to become 'ever closer'. Whatever that means, it at least would nip in the bud any incipient nationalism that might arise in the future.

The other advantage, which cannot be underestimated is the growing acceptance of English as the language of Europe. In fact, many continental Europeans speak English rather better than us natives. (I tell them that they speak classical English rather than the estuarine patois that we have degenerated into)

My feeling is to hang in there, to argue our case. Many if not most of Lady Thatcher's views on competition are now official policy in the European Union. Sure, there are nations that are dragging their feet, but we are playing with the wind behind us.

The UK has very many advantages in our dealings in Europe, and much to offer.

1 November 2008 at 15:12  

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