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Saturday, 28 July 2012

a question for UMNO: 'Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess?'


What Oliver Cromwell said when he dismissed Parliament in 1653 could also now be said to UMNO and this Barisan Nasional Government!




OLIVER CROMWELL

House Of Commons, April 20,1653
Oliver Cromwell

'Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess''

Oliver Cromwell dismissed the 'Rump' Parliament in 1653

A towering if controversial figure in British history, Oliver Cromwell, a politician and a military commander of the first order, declared England a republic (the Commonwealth) following the execution of Charles I. But he made his most powerful and, in its way, inspirational speech when he dismissed the 'Rump' Parliament:


'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 pack of mercenary wretches...

'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...

'Ye sordid prostitutes, have you not defil'd this sacred place...Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation...

'Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors... In the name of God, go!'


The corrupt 'Rump' Parliament had begun as a radical body but vacillated over the issue of elections and went back on an agreement to debate its dissolution, and Cromwell vented his anger and frustration by dissolving it himself. The rancour with which he did so would have surely struck a chord with the British people in the wake of last year's expenses scandal. Although a terrific leader in many respects, Cromwell had a slightly sociopathic quality to his character and found it hard to delegate. However, this is undoubtedly a speech for the ages. 




Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-1296226/Ten-greatest-Inspirational-speeches.html#ixzz21sE8VufX