Wednesday, 25 March 2009
Where is Oliver Cromwell when you need him?
As our democratic institutions are ever more debased by those elected to serve us, it is worth reminding ourselves of the speech given to the House of Commons by England’s most famous Republican, Oliver Cromwell, on the dissolution of the Long Parliament on 20th April, 1653.
“It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonoured by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice; ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government; ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money.
Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess?
Ye have no more religion than my horse; gold is your God; which of you have not barter'd your conscience for bribes?
Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the Commonwealth?
Ye sordid prostitutes have you not defil'd this sacred place, and turn'd the Lord's temple into a den of thieves, by your immoral principles and wicked practices?
Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation; you were deputed here by the people to get grievances redress'd, are yourselves gone!
So! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors. In the name of God, go!”
For the avoidance of doubt, Barnet Council Watch does not support the concept of beheading or removing our trusty and well beloved Monarch!