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He’s still got it

From yesterday’s armed forces debate:
Lord Selsdon: The biggest single growth area of GDP, surprisingly enough, is the health service. The public sector is what it is all about today, and that is wrong. If unemployment is rising and we need to stimulate demand, let us not give people £2,000 to scrap an old car; let us spend a bit more of the reserves on creating forces. Let us not just train university students in boats on the Thames; let us put them together and send them out in gunboats. After all, I went to sea as an officer in the Navy after only 90 days’ basic training, which I think was due to a technological error.

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strictlytrue
May. 1st, 2009 10:28 am (UTC)
I know it's extreme folly to try to engage with the thought processes of our noble Friend, but what exactly are the armed forces part of, if not the public sector?
nja
May. 1st, 2009 10:31 am (UTC)
Is he advocating Somali-style piracy as a way of boosting the economy? It's difficult to think of any other way in which the navy might make a profit for the treasury.

We haven't had a good old-fashioned war with the Dutch for a while, have we? Must be about time for one.
chiller
May. 1st, 2009 10:42 am (UTC)
You have to give it up for the Navy: they obviously made every effort to kill him.
rainsinger
May. 1st, 2009 11:08 am (UTC)
Let us not just train university students in boats on the Thames; let us put them together and send them out in gunboats

This mental image will truly cheer me up for many days in our economically trying times. "No more punting for you! Get in a gunboat and don't come back until you've scored some loot!"
(Anonymous)
May. 1st, 2009 11:27 am (UTC)
Are these sentences meant to be related in some way?
ninebelow
May. 1st, 2009 11:37 am (UTC)
I think it is the "After all" that begins the final sentence that really makes it.
lowlowprices
May. 1st, 2009 11:56 am (UTC)
This is beautiful!
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