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Oliver Cromwell’s perfect description of today’s politicians

As more and more of our corrupt, lying, third-rate, self-serving MPs are shown to have been stealing taxpayers’ money (Darling and Brown being the latest crooks to be exposed) there is a strange sense of satisfaction  recalling what Oliver Cromwell said on 20 April 1653 when he dissolved a similarly rotten and corrupted Parliament:

“Ye are a pack of mercenary wretches and 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 has not battered your conscience with bribes?  Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the commonwealth?  Ye furdid 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 to get grievances redressed; are not yourselves become the greatest the grievance?  Your country therefore calls upon me to cleanse the 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 and get out, make haste ye venal slaves be gone”

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