"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Michael Foot, RIP

Michael Foot, leader of the Labour Party in Opposition between 1980 and 1983 has died.  I'm sure he was a lovely chap; an undoubtedly passionate intellectual whose politics were those of conviction rather than expedience.   Reducing politics to image and pr would have been anathema to him.  RIP.

7 comments:

  1. No one could wear a donkey jacket to a cabinet meeting quite like Michael.

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  2. He was a good scout, Michael - I saw him years ago at the Albert Hall in Nottingham and he was a terrific speaker, even if he spoke a lot of nonsense.

    Pity there aren't more men like him in all parties - he had a bit of integrity about him. By the way, the Queen Mother said to him, that morning at the Cenotaph, 'What a nice coat, Mr Foot'. She never seemed the sarky type to me, so perhaps it was just tarring with any old brush that came along.

    Requiescat in Pace, Mr Foot.

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  3. A true socialist. He suffered from genuine socialist delusions. Half of the British population were his bitterest enemies and he wished them ill. He was a fervent supporter of the USSR, Stalin, and the international communist movement. Almost nothing of British culture was approved by him, and all this during decades of mortal danger to Britain from the loved causes of his life. Another British politico with life-long delusions, and a tribute to the tolerance of the British people who to this day harbour large numbers of traitors in their political class.

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  4. He wore his heart on his sleeve and that's why he was never elected. Blair/Brown learned a lot from that.

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  5. He nearly destroyed the Labour Party, such a pity he didn't succeed.

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  6. I know that it is not good to speak ill of the dead but, good rifddance to the old KGB stooge, frankly.

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