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October 20th, 2009

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09:19 pm - More Churchillian oratory
A further transcript from the House of Commons (again from theyworkforyou.com), this time on a somewhat less petty note. The record of the Prime Minister's speech to the House of 3 September 1939 (regarding the declaration of war with Germany) shows Churchill, then still MP for Epping, in fine verbal form:
This is not a question of fighting for Danzig or fighting for Poland. We are fighting to save the whole world from the pestilence of Nazi tyranny and in defence of all that is most sacred to man. This is no war for domination or imperial aggrandisement or material gain; no war to shut any country out of its sunlight and means of progress. It is a war, viewed in its inherent quality, to establish, on impregnable rocks, the rights of the individual, and it is a war to establish and revive the stature of man.


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