From an ex-blogging colleague:-


17.4m of us. His words echo across the centuries today. Cromwell speaking to  Parliament in 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 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 become the greatest grievance. Your country therefore calls upon me to cleanse this Augean stable, by putting a final period to your iniquitous proceedings in this House; and which by God’s help, and the strength he has given me, I am now come to do. I command ye therefore, upon the peril of your lives, to depart immediately out of this place.

Go, get you out! Make haste! Ye venal slaves be gone! So! Lock up the doors. In the name of God, go!”


4 comments for “OLIVER’S ARMY….

  1. November 5, 2016 at 10:21 am

    The sentiment I heartily applaud. The mechanics of their removal is fraught.

    The blame lies fairly and squarely with the obtuseness of the people who vote these clowns in, knowing – or they should know – they’ll be done down.

    Thus, if Oliver and his army march into Westminster and remove these clowns, it is an awful precedent, or rather a second time and even third.

    Eventually, his own legitimacy will be called into question by us, those agree with the sentiment, who want this rancid bloc gone.

  2. Henry Kaye
    November 5, 2016 at 11:01 am

    “The blame lies fairly etc” – but what choice do we have? Where is our Oliver Cromwell?

  3. wg
    November 5, 2016 at 11:57 am

    The problem is that we live under the laws created by Parliament – and the lawyers.

    Once we abandon that law we are back to where we started 800 years ago.

    William Roper: So, now you give the Devil the benefit of law!

    Sir Thomas More: Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?

    William Roper: Yes, I’d cut down every law in England to do that!

    Sir Thomas More: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned ’round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man’s laws, not God’s! And if you cut them down, and you’re just the man to do it, do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I’d give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety’s sake!

    Our Parliament needs to change – a more accountable and direct form needs to be put in its place.

    I wish we had more people in Parliament capable of such prose – that would be a start.

    • Oswald Thake
      November 6, 2016 at 12:41 pm

      “For had Old Noll been alive,
      He’d have pulled them out by the ears.
      Or else have fired their hive,
      Or kicked them down the stairs.
      If they had made so bold
      To vex his righteous soul
      When he so deep had swore
      They never should sit more.”
      (Author unknown, alas!)

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