Zitate von Michael Foot
Geburtstag: 23. Juli 1913
Todesdatum: 3. März 2010
Andere Namen: Michael Mackintosh Foot
Michael Mackintosh Foot war ein britischer Politiker. Er war Vorsitzender der Labour Party von 1980 bis 1983. Foot zählte neben Harold Wilson, James Callaghan und Tony Benn zum politischen Urgestein von „Old Labour“. Er ist der jüngere Bruder des Rechtsanwalts Sir Dingle Foot, des liberalen Politikers John Foot, Lord Foot und des ehemaligen Gouverneurs von Zypern Hugh Foot, des späteren Lord Caradon, dessen späterer Sohn der Journalist Paul Foot war. Wikipedia
Zitate Michael Foot
„It does so happen to be the case that if the freedom of the people of this country—and especially the rights of trade unionists—if those precious things in the past had been left to the good sense and fairmindedness of judges, we would have precious few freedoms in this country.“
Speech to the Union of Post Office Workers at Bournemouth (15 May 1977).
„We are not here in this world to find elegant solutions, pregnant with initiative, or to serve the ways and modes of profitable progress. No, we are here to provide for all those who are weaker and hungrier, more battered and crippled than ourselves. That is our only certain good and great purpose on earth, and if you ask me about those insoluble economic problems that may arise if the top is deprived of their initiative, I would answer 'To hell with them.“
The top is greedy and mean and will always find a way to take care of themselves. They always do.
Speech before the 1983 General Election.
Aneurin Bevan, Vol 1, 1962
„I think the House of Lords ought to be abolished and I don't think the best way for me to abolish it is to go there myself“
On his departure from the House of Commons, 1992.
The Daily Herald, 1956.
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„He was without any rival whatever, the first comic genius who ever installed himself in Downing Street“
On Benjamin Disraeli, in his own book, Debts of Honour
On Margaret Thatcher, 1981
„The crisis afflicting this country, along with other countries of the Western world, is a crisis of capitalism. It is a crisis of the dominant economic system that prevails in all those countries.“
Speech to the House of Commons (Hansard, 20 January 1976, Col. 1126)
„I've been on the left of the Party since I joined it about 1934 and I haven't seen much reason for altering…I have always been a strong libertarian both inside the Labour Party and outside…what I want to seek to do over a period of course is to establish a Socialist society.“
Quelle: On BBC's Panorama (22 March 1976)
„Of all the sights and sounds which attracted me on my first arrival to live in London in the mid-thirties, one combined operation left a lingering, individual spell. I naturally went to Hyde Park to hear the orators, the best of the many free entertainments on offer in the capital. I heard the purest milk of the world flowing, then as now, from the platform of the Socialist Party of Great Britain.“
Debts of Honour, 1980.
„When I was a small boy, following the affairs of the House of Commons as closely as I could, I asked my father what a Royal Commission was. He said, "It is a broody hen sitting on a china egg."“
Speech http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1964/dec/03/schedule-7-commencement-transitional in the House of Commons (3 December 1964)
„It is not necessary that every time he rises he should give his famous imitation of a semi-house-trained polecat.“
Speech http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1978/mar/02/business-of-the-house in the House of Commons (2 March 1978), referring to Norman Tebbit