The story of David Steel and the bombing of Greenland

A little light relief for the weekend. I’ve been reading David Steel’s party conference speech from 1976, as you do:

I have been leader of the Party for less than three months. During this short period I have not lacked advice on what I should do … These submissions have ranged from the useful through the exotic – such as the plea that I could end the nation’s drought by advocating the selected dropping of atomic bombs in Greenland – to the downright byzantine, such as that from the lady who was convinced that I could be sitting in Number 10 within the year if only I could persuade the Liberal Party to adopt as part of its manifesto the introduction of licensing for cats.

Yes, well.


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  • go back to your igloos and prepare for winter!

    xD =D

  • top of the shot 31st Mar '07 - 2:28pm

    Don’t forget he also said, that he was the first Liberal Leader for 50 years to say go back to your constituency and prepare for government.

  • Antony Hook Antony Hook 31st Mar '07 - 3:09pm

    The opinion polls gave him the chance to say it.

  • Where can we all get a copy

    PS Go back to your constituencies was somewhat latter

  • “Go back to your constituencies” would have seemed a lot more prescient had Galtieri not invaded the Falklands.

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