Friday, 12 June 2009
From an address by Edmund Burke to the House of Commons in 1775: "As long as you have the wisdom to keep the sovereign authority of the country as the sanctuary of liberty, the sacred temple consecrated to our common faith, wherever the chosen race and sons of England worship freedom, they will turn their faces towards you. The more they multiply, the more friends you will have; the more ardently they love liberty, the more perfect will be their obedience. Slavery they can have anywhere. It is a weed that grows in every soil ... But, until you become lost to all feeling of your true interest and your natural dignity, freedom they can have from none but you."