Speeches of the Right Honourable Lord Randolph Churchill, M. P., 1880-1888, Volume 2

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Page 353 - Many politicians of our time are in the habit of laying it down as a self-evident proposition, that no people ought to be free till they are fit to use their freedom. The maxim is worthy of the fool in the old story, who resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim. If men are to wait for liberty till they become wise and good in slavery, they may indeed wait forever.
Page 135 - The devil was sick, the devil a monk would be ; The devil was well, the devil a monk was he.
Page 16 - States will teach us a different lesson; and if it should turn out that the Parliament of the United Kingdom was so recreant from all its high duties, and that the British nation was so apostate to traditions of honour and courage, as to hand over the Loyalists of Ireland to the domination of an Assembly in Dublin which must be to them a foreign and an alien assembly...
Page 116 - ... for the two Services is very greatly in excess of what you can consent to ; that you are pledged up to the eyes to large reductions of Expenditure, and cannot change your mind in the matter ; and that, as you feel certain of receiving no support from me or from the Cabinet in this view, you must resign your Office and withdraw from the Government. On the other hand, I have a letter from Smith telling me that he feels bound to adhere to the Estimates which he showed you on Monday ; and that he...
Page 33 - Ireland, that the said kingdoms of Great Britain and Ireland shall, upon the first day of January, which shall be in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and one, and for ever after, be united into one kingdom, by the name of The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland...
Page 332 - Therefore Tory democracy is a democracy which supports the Tory Party . . . 'because it has been taught by experience to believe in the soundness of true Tory principles But Tory democracy involves, also, another idea of equal importance. It involves the idea of a government who, in all branches of their policy and in all features of their administration, are animated by lofty and by liberal Ideas" '.2 So much at least was not inconsistent with Lord Randolph's general attitude to Irish affairs.
Page 86 - England devolved the duty—the honourable but dangerous duty—of setting an example and of leading the way. Those were the days of Lord Palmerston ; but times have changed, and it is evident, from the speech of the Hungarian Prime Minister on Thursday, that the freedom and the independence of the Danubian Principalities and of the Balkan nationalities are a primary and vital object in the policy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Page 25 - that the time has arrived — and fully arrived — when we might seriously consider together how we might form a new political party in England ? Do you not think that that party might be an essentially English party ? I say English from no spirit of prejudice whatever. I mean a party which shall be essentially English in all those ideas of justice, of moderation, of freedom from prejudice and of resolution which are the peculiarities of the English race.
Page 116 - The outlook on the Continent is very black. It is not too much to say that the chances are in favour of war at an early date ; and when war has once broken out we cannot be secure from the danger of being involved in it. The undefended state of many of our ports and coaling stations is notorious ; and the necessity of protecting them has been urged by a strong Commission, and has been admitted on both sides in debate. To refuse to take measures for their protection would be to incur the gravest possible...
Page 34 - ... of Great Britain and Ireland now stands limited and settled, according to the existing laws, and to the terms of union between England and Scotland.

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