Saturday, January 30, 2010

The Importance of Political Enthusiasm

Today the Margaret Thatcher Foundation website have gone live with an amazing resource - the full database of speeches and public statements Margaret Thatcher gave from 1990.
As the expenses scandal rumbles on I note a speech she gave in 1968 where she asked 'Why the present distrust?' Her answer resonates as much then, as it does today. She believed 'there is too great a reliance on statistical forecasts; too little on judgment.' She concluded by encouraging people to vote, explaining the importance of people power in times of distrust, and said 'No great party can survive except on the basis of firm beliefs about what it wants to do. It is not enough to have reluctant support. We want people's enthusiasm as well.'

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