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Results 1–20 of 196 for speaker:Mr Raymond Fletcher

Orders of the Day — Iran (Temporary Powers) Bill (12 May 1980)

Mr Raymond Fletcher: I find myself in an odd position. I am asked to vote for a Bill which, I am assured by many of its supporters, will not do any damage because it cannot work but will have a restraining influence upon the military proclivities of our major ally in the Western Alliance. Quite frankly, such a Bill is in no sense a Bill at all: it is a declaration. Had the Government presented to us a motion...

Olympic Games (17 Mar 1980)

Mr Raymond Fletcher: rose—

Olympic Games (17 Mar 1980)

Mr Raymond Fletcher: I shall begin with a point that I had intended to put to the right hon. and learned Member for Hexham (Mr. Rippon). Normally I agree with his opinions. As a schoolboy I attended the 1936 Games. I did not see what happened on the day that Adolph Hitler was profoundly insulted by Jesse Owens, the great American runner. He left the stadium in high dudgeon. Jesse Owens did not go to Berlin to...

Olympic Games (17 Mar 1980)

Mr Raymond Fletcher: I take that point, but it is irrelevant to my argument. Leni Riefenstahl took two years to make that film. The reaction of the largely German audience to the victorious Jesse Owens was edited out. The FÜhrer was offended not because a black American had done so remarkably well, but because the entire audience were applauding him after three years of Nazi propaganda, and simulated FÜhrer...

Olympic Games (17 Mar 1980)

Mr Raymond Fletcher: His leading German opponent, who later became his best friend, assisted him with those starting blocks. One does not necessarily give support to a regime if one takes part in a sporting activity that happens to take place in that regime's capital city.

Olympic Games (17 Mar 1980)

Mr Raymond Fletcher: I shall not give way, as many right hon. and hon. Members wish to contribute to the debate. If our athletes participate in the Moscow Games and do as well as our young friend Cousins did in the winter Games at Lake Placid and elsewhere, we shall show the Russians and those who attend the Games that we are not an effete, bankrupt, useless collection of corrupt nations. We shall demonstrate...

Olympic Games (17 Mar 1980)

Mr Raymond Fletcher: The hon. Gentleman will have an opportunity to speak later. There is reason to believe that there are divisions in the Kremlin about Afghanistan. It would be odd if there were not. The Kremlin has more economic problems than this Government—and, by God, that is saying something. There is a conflict within the Kremlin that must have reached the Politburo. This subject has been dealt with by...

Olympic Games (17 Mar 1980)

Mr Raymond Fletcher: There are ways of impressing the Soviet Union, and the Government know of them. By attending those sporting activities in Moscow, we are not supporting the suppression of dissidents or the suppression of those who signed Charter 77. We shall not be giving support to Soviet interference in Afghanistan. Similarly, Jesse Owens did not lend support to the racial theories of the national Socialist...

Her Majesty's Government (Economic and Industrial Policies) (28 Feb 1980)

Mr Raymond Fletcher: I have a lot to say because I have not been able to speak in this House for three years. That means an enormous accumulation of, perhaps, a little wisdom but certainly a lot of words and I must pack it all in to 10 minutes. That means that the House will hear a very truncated speech as I am a somewhat truncated Member. I am getting rather fed up with all the "isms" that have been floating...

Her Majesty's Government (Economic and Industrial Policies) (28 Feb 1980)

Mr Raymond Fletcher: I have not used the word "Socialism" yet. One wishes sometimes that these "isms" could be converted into "wasms" because they do not really exist. There is no such thing —I say this in order to correct what has been said by some hon. Members—as "Friedmanisms". I read Friedman, just as I contribute to the publications of The Institute of Economic Affairs. That is a very odd situation. That...

Orders of the Day — Scotland and Wales Bill (13 Dec 1976)

Mr Raymond Fletcher: I seem to be the only hon. Member who does not know exactly how he will vote on Thursday night. In other words, I intend to preserve an open mind and to listen to the arguments and to try to deal with the Bill with my customary coldness. Unfortunately, or fortunately, as the case may be, I cannot bring to this debate the kind of passion that we hear from the Celtic fringe—and I mean no...

Orders of the Day — Scotland and Wales Bill (13 Dec 1976)

Mr Raymond Fletcher: My hon. Friend has given me something to think about, as usual. In spite of the fact that I have something to think about, I shall continue talking, unless I am disposed of, right through the Committee stage. However, I do not think it would have the effect my hon. Friend suggests. What is likely to happen it what I have forecast—this Assembly will, first, require the power to tax, as was...

Orders of the Day — Scotland and Wales Bill (13 Dec 1976)

Mr Raymond Fletcher: I shall consider that proposition. Unlike some hon. Members I never claim to speak for the people with a capital P, or even for my own constituents. I am judged on my form in each election. I am not required to submit every speech I make to a kind of committee stage in my constituency organisation. If we want to dismember the United Kingdom, and remove it as such from the map of Europe—and...

Chrysler Uk Limited (15 Dec 1975)

Mr Raymond Fletcher: May I make my right hon. Friend aware that I would resign the Labour Whip this afternoon if I believed everything I have read in the weekend Press? The fact that I do not believe everything I read in the Press, although I write for it, enables me to stay on this side of the House. May I also make my right hon. Friend aware that it is the custom of the House to debate information that is...

Schedule 4a: References to Secretary of State Regarding Union Membership Agreements (15 Oct 1975)

Mr Raymond Fletcher: I support the amendment standing in the names of my hon. Friends the Member for Derby, North (Mr. Whitehead) and others. You, Mr. Deputy Speaker, will realise that in an earlier manifestation you had occasion to take very critical action against me as I was the editor of a journal in which you were mentioned by an anonymous contributor in the most defamatory way. I have forgotten the name of...

Textile, Clothing and Footwear Industries (6 Aug 1975)

Mr Raymond Fletcher: My only intention tonight is to transmit, unprocessed, the views of my constituents to this House and to the Government. Everything that needed saying about the state of the industry has been said and everything that had to be demanded of the Government has been demanded. In short, the debate has been a set of free variations on the basic theme of import control. I have no intention...

Textile, Clothing and Footwear Industries (6 Aug 1975)

Mr Raymond Fletcher: Mr. Raymond Fletcher rose—

Proceedings of the House (Broadcasting) (24 Feb 1975)

Mr Raymond Fletcher: It is my intention to make a serious speech in so far as I find that possible. Having spent a recent week as a guest television critic of that well known journal the Listener, and having been expected by its editor to look at political programmes, I found myself in the uncomfortable position of having to stop watching those programmes one day after I started. Therefore, the remainder of my...

Proceedings of the House (Broadcasting) (24 Feb 1975)

Mr Raymond Fletcher: That is correct. It underlines the point I make. It was suggested that some of the great set-piece debates might be broadcast in their entirety. The Budget speech was referred to. There are other great occasions in Parliament apart from the Budget debate. Again I refer to German experience. When the vote of no confidence was first tabled against Bundeskanzler Willie Brandt and when it...

Orders of the Day — Capital Punishment (11 Dec 1974)

Mr Raymond Fletcher: This is the first time in 10 years' membership of the House that I have had the opportunity to congratulate a maiden speaker. It always involves certain conventions. When I say that I want the hon. Member for Cheltenham (Mr. Irving) to speak often and as sensibly as he has just spoken, and to address the House with the confidence which he has just displayed, that is not a mere convention....


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