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he was an outstanding orator and i admired his politics
96, blimey. first stood for election before world war 2 in the days of stanley baldwin (!)
he rather outstayed his welcome
not really of course
RIP Mr Foot
still, RIP and all that.
A conviction politician and great orator outflanked by the birth of the era of spin and focus groups.
He was a fascinating man, had his little dog with him and asked for a scrambled egg sandwich when he arrived : )
congratulations, cg, you've finally found your level on the human advancement scale
will say far worse when thatcher dies.
We will laugh the day that Thatcher dies,
Even though we know it's not right,
We will dance and sing all night.
I was blind in 1979, by '82 I had clues,
By 1986 I was mad as hell.
The teachers at school, they took us for fools,
They never taught us what to do,
But Christ we were strong, we knew all along,
We taught ourselves the right from wrong.
And the punk rock kids, and the techno kids,
No, it's not their fault.
And the hip hop boys and heavy metal girls,
No, it's not their fault.
It was love, but Tories don't know what that means,
She was Michelle Cox from the lower stream,
She wore high-heeled shoes while the rest wore flat soles.
And the playground taught her how to be cruel,
I talked politics and she called me a fool,
She wrapped her ankle chain round my left wing heart.
Ding dong, the witch is dead, which old witch?
The wicked witch.
Ding dong, the wicked witch is dead.
that was my exact comment to my colleague when i found out: "i bet the Sun headline tomorrow will be 'One Foot In The Grave'"
"We are not here in this world to find elegant solutions, pregnant with initiative, or to serve the ways and modes of profitable progress. No, we are here to provide for all those who are weaker and hungrier, more battered and crippled than ourselves. That is our only certain good and great purpose on earth, and if you ask me about those insoluble ... See more economic problems that may arise if the top is deprived of their initiative, I would answer 'To hell with them.' The top is greedy and mean and will always find a way to take care of themselves. They always do."
i know the right's default line is that you all have to be greedy and mean for the betterment of society, but do you ever stop to worry that maybe you enjoy it to much?
It was clearly what he believed
it's an insane prospect in *this* reality. in this reality people with wealth and power seek to preserve the status quo and therby preserve their wealth and power, instead of allowing society to develop into something recognisably civilised.
if you control the context of things then it's very easy to be right, but being right doesn't mean you're not a selfish cunt.
this is just being an oxygen thief
you nasty, snide little cunt. i hope people laugh and you feel fucking shit when people you admire die
A disaster of a leader. The 1983 election highlights for me why politics has now become so centerist. If you stick rigidly to what you fully believe, and you are not in sync with the rest of the country, you will be roundly beaten at the polls, and will remain that way til the prevailing mood comes round again.
How to avoid this? Just move towards the centre and become totally non commital!
See also: the Tories for much of the 90s and the 00s
Now, resignations are stage managed for maximum impact where as in the 60s and 70s anyone could resign at any given moment over the smallest policy difference
That's never going to catch on...
A talented politician. This phrase gets bandied about a little too often but seems perfect apt in light of Foot's death: "They don't make them like they used to".
would have driven any leader to distraction.
it makes for very interesting reading given our current economic circumstances.