Where is Oliver Cromwell now?


Sub titled: “So what’s changed?”

In April, 1653, Oliver Cromwell gave a memorable speech on the dissolution of the “Long Parliament” I applaud Old Holborn, a political blogger I follow, for reminding me of this famous speech.

We need a new Oliver Cromwell to take control of our present armed forces, storm Parliament and give exactly the same speech to the House of Commons

20 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 bartered 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 turned 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 redressed, are yourselves gone! So! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors.

In the name of God, go!

Amen to that!

Ampers

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  1. #1 by Ampers on Friday, 10 April 2009 - 10:53 am

    I wonder what members of parliament would say if everyone posted just the speech and date to them from all over each constituency? No threats, no comments, just that speech.

  2. #2 by subrosa on Friday, 10 April 2009 - 9:52 am

    How appropriate that is today, just as it was centuries ago.

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