Apropos of nothing in particular

No, really.

You have sat here too long for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!

Leo Amery (paraphrasing Oliver Cromwell's dismissal of the Rump Parliament), in reference to Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, 7 May 1940.

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4 thoughts on “Apropos of nothing in particular

  1. Almost an exact quote actually, according to the glorious google.

    Here's one that is close to my visceral objection to the Liberal party:

    "i had rather have a plain russet-coated captain that knows what he fights for, and loves what he knows, than that which you call a gentleman and is nothing else."

    And another one which is salutary just at the moment, said as the crowd cheered him:

    "the people would be just as noisy if they were going to see me hanged."

    From http://www.olivercromwell.org/quotes1.htm

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    I was probably being unnecessarily pedantic by calling it a paraphrase. But I read somewhere that Cromwell's speech was not recorded at the time, so we don't know the precise words he used. On the other hand, that means that it could be right, just by chance ...

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