Great Liberal Speeches

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The 47 speeches by British Liberal orators from Charles James Fox to Peter Kennedy have been selected to illustrate the values Liberals have maintained throughout the last two centuries, to highlight the causes that have motivated them, and to follow the slow evolution of the party from the Whigs and Radicals of the 19th century to the Liberal Democrats of the 21st. Brack and Little profile each speaker and annotate the speeches. There is no index. Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., ...
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The 47 speeches by British Liberal orators from Charles James Fox to Peter Kennedy have been selected to illustrate the values Liberals have maintained throughout the last two centuries, to highlight the causes that have motivated them, and to follow the slow evolution of the party from the Whigs and Radicals of the 19th century to the Liberal Democrats of the 21st. Brack and Little profile each speaker and annotate the speeches. There is no index. Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781902301488
  • Publisher: Politico's Publishing Limited
  • Publication date: 9/16/2001
  • Pages: 400

Meet the Author

Duncan Brack is Chirman of the Liberal Democrat History Group
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Guide to Great Liberal Speeches
Acknowledgements
Editorial team
'Peace, reform and liberation' - two centuries of Liberalism
Liberal leaders and Prime Ministers
Mere rhetoric?
1
'If the love of liberty was not to be maintained in England': on the suspension of the Habeas Corpus Act; House of Commons, 31 May 1794 3
13
'Struggling for the sacred right of national independence': on the blockade of Norway; House of Lords, 10 May 1814 15
25
'A want of reform in Parliament': meeting at Spa-Fields, 15 November 1816 27
35
'Sacrificing the constitution on the altar of public security': on the Six Acts; House of Commons, 28 November 1819 37
45
'I am opposed to religious tests of every kind': on the repeal of the Test and Corporation Acts; House of Commons, 26 February 1828 47
59
'Reform that you may preserve': on parliamentary reform; House of Commons, 2 March 1831 61
'It is the duty of the state to educate the people': House of Commons, 18 April 1847 71
85
'Rescuing people from the thraldom of ignorance': on education; House of Commons, 18 May 1843 87
95
'Destroy the monster monopoly': on the Corn Laws; London, 8 February 1844 96
107
'Civis Romanus sum': on foreign policy; House of Commons, 25 June 1850 109
121
'Let us have a real bill, a good bill, or no bill at all': on parliamentary reform; Birmingham, 27 October 1858 123
'A gigantic system of out-door relief for the aristocracy': on foreign policy; Birmingham, 29 October 1858 134
149
'We ought not to deny to them, what we are conceding to everybody else': on votes for women; House of Commons, 20 May 1867 150
159
'Remember the rights of the savage': from the first Midlothian campaign; Foresters' Hall, Dalkeith, 26 November 1879 161
'Inspired by the love of freedom': from the first Midlothian campaign; West Calder, 27 November 1879 165
'Ireland stands at your bar': second reading of the First Home Rule Bill; House of Commons, 7 June 1886 179
197
'Our object is the elevation of the poor': on the Radical Programme; Warrington, 8 September 1885 199
209
'Methods of barbarism': on the South African War; Holborn Restaurant, London, 14 June 1901 211
215
'The clean slate': response to Campbell-Bannerman; Chesterfield, 16 December 1901 217
229
'Socialism exalts the rule; Liberalism exalts the man': during the Dundee by-election; Kinnaird Hall, Dundee, 14 May 1908 231
239
'Three capital issues': opening the January 1910 election campaign; Albert Hall, London, 10 December 1909 241
'Look neither to the right nor to the left, but keep straight on': resignation as Liberal leader; Greenock, 15 October 1926 249
255
'I say their day of reckoning is at hand': on the People's Budget; Limehouse, 30 July 1909 258
'We can conquer unemployment': on the Liberal programme for the 1929 election; Connaught Rooms, London, 1 March 1929 265
'The Prime Minister should give an example of sacrifice': in the Norway debate; House of Commons, 8 May 1940 271
277
'A sense of the waste of war': on foreign trade, wars, and armaments; Manchester, 3 February 1914 278
285
'Am I a Liberal?': at the Liberal Summer School, Cambridge, 1 August 1925 287
295
'Liable in damages on the uttermost farthing of his personal possessions': on the General Strike; House of Commons, 6 May 1926 297
301
'A large policy, rejecting all-round tariffs': on import duties; House of Commons, 4 February 1932 303
311
'We may yet save ourselves by our exertions, and democracy by our example': in the Munich debate; House of Commons, 3 October 1938 313
321
'Liberalism is a faith, not a formula': on Liberalism with a radical programme; Newcastle-upon Tyne, 24 November 1944 322
329
'I am neither exhilarated nor frightened by the word "nationalisation"': on a motion of censure on government policy; House of Commons, 5 December 1945 331
337
'I intend to march my troops towards the sound of gunfire': closing address to the Liberal Party Assembly; Brighton, 14 September 1963 339
'The future of Liberalism': inaugural '80 Club' Lecture; National Liberal Club, London, 29 October 1980 350
363
'Europe: a cause for celebration': on EEC membership; House of Commons, 9 May 1967 364
371
'All great political issues are matters of right and wrong': on the 1968 Commonwealth Immigration Bill; House of Lords, 29 February 1968 372
375
'The fundamentals of Liberalism': at the Scottish Liberal Party conference; Perth, 19 June 1976 376
383
'Militants for the reasonable man': on the Lib-Lab Pact; Liberal Assembly, Brighton, 26 September 1977 385
'Go back to your constituencies and prepare for government': on the Liberal-SDP Alliance; Liberal Assembly, Llandudno, 18 September 1981 392
403
'Home thoughts from abroad': Dimbleby Lecture; Royal Society of Arts, London, 22 November 1979 405
417
'Twelve fingers on the button': in the debate on the Alliance defence commission report; Liberal Assembly, Eastbourne, 23 September 1986 419
421
'A broader movement dedicated to winning the battle of ideas': on realignment; the Guildhall, Chard, 9 May 1992 423
'The pride and the purpose of my life': farewell speech as leader; Liberal Democrat conference, Herrogate, 21 September 1999 428
'All has changed except our way of thinking': on foreign affairs; House of Commons, 25 April 2001 432
441
'A different agenda, a distinctive identity': on environmental policy; Liberal Democrat conference, Plymouth, 19 March 2000 442
'An effective opposition': speech to general election rally; London, 5 June 2001 446
451
'We talk about rights and responsibilities': in the debate on the Queen's Speech; House of Lords, 25 June 2001 452
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