A selection of the best of quotes from around modern Britain from
1714 onwards. Sometimes it seems the more things change, the more
they stay the same...
- "...present day extravagance was due
to the electorate rather than to politicians. Electors insisted on
being bribed with promises and as it was illegal to bribe them with
their own money, candidates found it cheaper and as easy to bribe
with other people's money...
"...Taxation was driving not only capital but brains and enterprise
out of this country. They were comparatively easily shifted, whereas
labour, which depended on them, was immovable..."
'Bribing the Electorate', Mr G Peto on effects of taxation
(addressing the 1922 Committee)
The Times, 11 March 1931
Jackie Speel - 18 November 2010
- "...housing rates have gone up in the
previous quarter by 33 1/3%, and this increase had been maintained
for the present quarter - from 1 1/2d [one and-a-half old pence] to
2d in the pound."
Complaint in The Times, mid-1850s
Jackie Speel - 30 January 2009
"Following yesterday's controversial ruling from the
EEC Harmonisation Committee, Britain has been ordered to export 3%
of its place names to the Continent. The UK, says the committee's
report, has exercised a monopolistic control over this commodity for
some centuries, having nationalised materials and installations
originally supplied by Continental and Scandinavian sources... Our
nearest neighbours are a bit short of interesting nouns..."
The Times, February 1984
Jackie Speel - 22 January 2009
"The present generation has developed a new passion,
the love of anniversaries... That something or other happened a
thousand years ago is so excellent a reason for a commemoration that
it is almost a waste of pains to prove any virtue or beauty in the
The Times, 1879
Jackie Speel - 12 January 2009
- "The greater part of the legislation of the
present Parliament had been thrown to the winds by the irresponsible
political poltroons who represented nobody but themselves, and who
safeguarded no interest but their own."
Mr E J C Morton MP Devonport, Liberal Party public meeting, 1894
Jackie Speel - 5 January 2009
- "I should be unwilling to close this paper
without advertising to the advantage which might be derived from a
general convention dollar of all the civilised kingdoms,
bearing the insignia of each separate kingdom upon its obverse, and
some general conventional symbol upon its reverse... (Countries to
be included France, Austria, Saxony, Bohemia, and Sicily and Naples
- ie. Kingdom of the Two Sicilies)... it would not only facilitate
our commerce as an instrument of exchange, but would eventually
become the basis upon which a general convention dollar would ere
long be current throughout the world."
The Times, 25 August 1838 p 6, speech read by IP Cory before
the Numismatic Society in May 1838 on the introduction of the
Jackie Speel - 27 November 2008
Creating London's GLA
RULERS OF BRITAIN:
House of Saxe-Coburg & Gotha
Prime Ministers of Great Britain
Archbishops of Canterbury
London Times Online
- The Automobile Association was asked to
find a route between two zoos that would suit the transport of "a
giraffe on a truck." A route was eventually provided, with a remark
to the effect that the lowest bridge clearance was 14 foot 6 inches,
at X, which would suit the giraffe unless it wore a top hat, under
which circumstances bridges Y and Z would also have to be bypassed.
[The beast was eventually transported by boat.]
The Times, 1938
Jackie Speel - 12 September 2008
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