Do we need an Oliver Cromwell?




                   Oliver Cromwell’s speech to the English Parliamentlegislative2_1april07-040.jpg 

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; you are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government; you 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? You have no more religion than my dog; 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 country?

You sordid prostitutes, have you not defiled this place and turned the Lord’s temple into a den of thieves, by your immoral principles and wicked practices? You are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation; you were deputed here by the people to get grievances redress’d, but you are yourselves the greatest grievance.

Your country therefore calls upon me to clean 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 you therefore, upon the peril of your lives, to depart immediately out of this place; go, get you out!

Make haste! You venal slaves, be gone! So! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors. In the name of God, go!

  (This speech was made to the English Parliament on 20 April 1653)                                  









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One response to “Do we need an Oliver Cromwell?

  1. Reminds me of Savonarola’s (justified) invectives against the Popes. That said, if such a discourse were to be said to the House, it would be sure to meet with laughter and jeers than anything else. Imagine Ton Paulo with his characteristic accent declaming such a text!

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