"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."

Monday, 21 February 2011

If Only...

... Norman Tebbit could have access to a phantasmagorical regeneration machine we could whizz thirty years off his age and have him back in government - as PM.   He doesn't suffer fools gladly and it's well nigh impossible to put one over on him.  Wishful thinking over.  Here's what he has to say...

  On Common Purpose:
"As to the role of “common purpose” in all this, I find it difficult to be sure whether the whole idea was designed to pervert our democratic system, or if it began as an exercise in bringing better organisation into government and is being used by some for their political purposes. Certainly if I were a Minister today, I would treat it with caution."
  On banks:
"On the problems of the banks, I think there was some very poor regulation but much of the blame must fall on the bosses of the banks, or at least some of them. Regulation has to bite, but the bite should be on the managers, not the owners, the shareholders. I have said it before and I will say it again. I think a number of those in charge should have been prosecuted for false accounting. That would have done more to concentrate minds than any amount of toothless regulation."
  On the EU:
As to why Prime Ministers have all finished up keeping us in the EU, well look at what happened to Thatcher once she denounced its plans to morph from an association of sovereign states to a single sovereign state. That was the end of her. Nor should anyone underestimate the sheer scale of the process of leaving. It will require either a popular uprising or a giant of a political leader to do it. The softer option is to let it drift.
 So much common sense in one article.  Long live the Polecat.


  1. Aye, he's a must read and if only he were younger.

  2. He's a gentleman of the old school - and much maligned. If only ... ... At one point I thought David Davis might step up to the plate, but it seems not.

  3. David Davis? A cardboard cut-out of 'Stormin Norman'!

    As you and pixijade on twitter said - if only!

    Have tweeted your post!

  4. " I find it difficult to be sure whether the whole idea was designed to pervert our democratic system..." oh do grow up Norman.


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