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Her Majesty's Government (Opposition Motion)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 9th June 1976.

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Mr. Eric S. Heller:

The Leader of the Opposition said that the Conservative motion was not put down lightly. Having listened to her remarkable speech, I think she probably regrets that it ever was put down. It will have about as much effect in the country as a wet fluke on a slab.

It was an hysterical speech of the sort we are becoming increasingly accustomed to hearing from the Conservatives. We heard it from the moderate from Hexham, but he did not show much of his moderation the other evening, although that is another matter. We are regularly treated to philosophical dissertations from the right hon. Member for Leeds, North-East (Sir K. Joseph). The essence of all the Conservative arguments is that we are now living under a Socialist Government who are moving us increasingly towards the bureaucratic dictatorships of Eastern Europe.