Such a prescient, beautiful sentiment.

Saturday, 17 October 2009

When was this said?

This Is The Beginning Of A Failed Socialist Dogma.

"...represented a centralizing, managerial, bureaucratic style of government. Already large and unwieldy after its expansion in two world wars, the British Government very soon jammed a finger in every pie. It levied high rates of tax on work, enterprise, consumption and wealth transfer. It planned development at every level-urban, rural, industrial and scientific. It managed the economy macro-economically by Keynesian methods of fiscal manipulation, micro-economically by granting regional and industrial subsidies on a variety of criteria."

The Leftie's nemesis, a deserved Baroness, Lady Thatcher.


  1. A great, great Lady.

  2. Maggie would never have said "centralizing" she would have said "centralising" she's not a bloody yank.

    Let's not have any more Americanisation of our language. St Margaret of Finchley will not stand for it.

    It is an Ess not a Zed and definitely not a Zee!!!!

    Rant over.

    Nice quote OR.

  3. Sorry, Ollie, but if there is an authority on English spelling, it is the Oxford English Dictionary, and that gives preference to the 'z' spelling in words like 'centralize', 'civilize', and so on.

    "British spelling has always recognized the existence of variant spellings using the suffix -ize/-ise. When American spelling was standardized during the 19th century (mainly through the efforts of the great American lexicographer Noah Webster), the consistent use of -ize was one of the conventions that became established. However, since then, the -ise spellings have become more popular in Britain (and in other English-speaking countries such as Australia), perhaps partly as a reaction against the American custom. Spellings such as organisation would have struck many older British writers as rather French-looking. The Oxford English Dictionary favoured -ize, partly on the linguistic basis that the suffix derives from the Greek suffix -izo, and this was also the style of Encyclopaedia Britannica (even before it was American-owned) and formerly of the Times newspaper. "