Thursday, October 18, 2012

What Oliver Cromwell said in the 17th Century - So Relevant in India's context today.

It’s what the mango people of banana republic ought to tell the mango-juice suckers of today!

Somebody forwarded this to me and reading it made me smile and think, not much has really changed with our leaders in the last 400 years !

Quite like our own parliamentarians of today. Wonder who will tell them what Oliver Cromwell told the British Parliament way back in 1653.The only change is the discontinuance of ye olde English !

Oliver Cromwell MP's speech on the dissolution of the Rump of the Long Parliament, given to the House of Commons on 20 April 1653.

"It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonored 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 defiled 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!"

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