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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

What's happened to Britain?

Compare and contrast:

2011: Prime Minister David Cameron responding to the storming of the British Embassy in Tehran:
The Iranian government must recognize that there will be serious consequences for failing to protect our staff. We will consider what these measures should be in the coming days.
1843: Sir Charles James Napier, British Governor of Bombay & Commander of British forces in India, to holdout enemy leaders who refused to surrender after the Battle of Miani:
Come here instantly. Come here at once and make your submission, or I will in a week tear you from the midst of your village and hang you.

1 comment:

onefineguy said...

Let's not forget:

We knew what we had to do and we went about it and did it. Great Britain is great again.

Margaret Thatcher 26/06/1982

On winning the Falklands War