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Orders of the Day — Finance Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:09 pm on 6th July 1983.

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Photo of Mr Brian Sedgemore Mr Brian Sedgemore , Hackney South and Shoreditch 5:09 pm, 6th July 1983

It is for that reason that I return to the House not in triumph, but with humility, knowing that, like most of my right hon. and hon. Friends, I am powerless to do very much to alter the present course. I am on the verge of tears. I have one message for my constituents and for the British people generally. If they believe that they are threatened by forces darker than death or night, it is important that they should realise that those forces are conscious forces. They are the forces that have been willed upon us by the Government. They are precisely the forces that gave rise to the Queen's Speech and to this scrofulous Bill. At a time of crisis, they failed the nation. In so doing, they have shrivelled and diminished us all, and for that they should be rejected.