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[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — Munitions Workers (26 Mar 2013)

Huw Irranca-Davies: ...remember, it was in November 1942 that our Glorious Eighth Army started to drive Rommel back on his long desert retreat—and since then what truly great feats we have accomplished! Africa freed—Mussolini banished—the U-boat menace squashed—our feet on the mainland of Europe and the conquest of Italy well in hand. In all these feats, you, the Workers of R.O.F. 53, ‘have had a...

Local Services (Planning): House of Lords Reform Bill — [2nd Allocated Day] (10 Jul 2012)

Barry Sheerman: ...sides said that referendums were not British, and I can remember criticising the first referendum on membership of the European Union promoted by Tony Benn. I called it, “Tony Benn out of Benito Mussolini”, because dictators love referendums. They are a way out of the problems of weak leadership. The House does not need referendums for everything. The Bill could have been amended to...

Scottish Parliament: R B Cunninghame Graham (20 Jun 2012)

Rob Gibson: ...s history of the Jesuits in Paraguay became the modern film “The Mission”, and his histories of South American dictators warned the world in the 1920s and 1930s against the rise of Hitler and Mussolini. The Parliament should congratulate Alan MacGillivray and John C McIntyre on the publication in the past year, by Kennedy & Boyd of Glasgow, of the collected stories and sketches of R B...

[Mr Mike Hancock in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Holocaust Memorial Day 2012 (19 Jan 2012)

Ian Austin: the gas chamber, Britain provided a safe haven for tens of thousands of refugee children. Think of Britain in the thirties. The rest of Europe was succumbing to fascism—Hitler in Germany, Mussolini in Italy and Franco in Spain—but, here in Britain, Mosley was rejected. Imagine 1941: France invaded, Europe overrun, America not yet in the war and just one country standing for liberty...

Scottish Parliament: Time for Reflection ( 2 Nov 2011) is used mostly for conferences and courses, but the work of priestly preparation goes on at the Roman college as it has done—apart from in a couple of gaps caused by Napoleon and Mussolini—for the past 400 years. Five students from the whole of Scotland were going to Rome, which is a rather modest figure. What is more interesting is that only two of the five are Scots: one of...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Report (3rd Day) (11 Jul 2011)

Lord Beecham: ...will move at some point-to be a member of what is in effective a scrutiny panel. If they go at all, I do not think that they are likely to be all that significantly engaged. I recall that in 1923 Mussolini passed an electoral law of a somewhat unusual nature. It said that a party which achieved a 25 per cent vote in the ensuing elections in Italy would get three-quarters of the seats in...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Committee (5th Day) (15 Dec 2010)

Lord McAvoy: ...I shall briefly give a quote: "I think referendums are awful. The late and great Julian Critchley used to say that, not very surprisingly, they were the favourite form of plebiscitary democracy of Mussolini and Hitler. They undermine Westminster". That is the bit that interests me. "What they ensure, as we saw in the last election, is if you have a referendum on an issue, politicians...

UK Policy on the Middle East: Emerging Economies (14 Jun 2010)

Chris Bryant: Juan Domingo Perón was more of a syndicalist, closer to Mussolini than to the socialism of the Labour party.

Africa (30 Mar 2009)

Bruce George: ...than Members of the House of Commons, although with some exceptions—that the European continent produced dictators to make some of the dictators in Africa seem almost benign: Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, Salazar, the Greek colonels and most of the Governments of east and central Europe before and after the war. A degree of humility is therefore in order, as is a recognition that...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Consideration Stage (20 Jan 2009)

Peter Robinson: I will be very clear. The Executive will consider all the alternatives when they take a decision. The Executive will face an obvious choice at that stage. The House has heard references to Hitler, Mussolini, and I will now bring in Machiavelli; the reality is that we are talking about the normal decisions that any Executive take while considering any matter. There is no need to put every...

Orders of the Day: Schedule 26 — Hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation ( 6 May 2008)

Richard Bacon: Well, I sent him a message of solidarity from his office, which had a ceiling as high as the one in this Chamber. It also had a balcony from which Mussolini could make speeches without having to descend among his Ministers. Mr. Buttiglione was a learned scholar and political philosopher. I was struck by one of the things that he said, and I wrote it down. He said that there were three things...

Elections: Voting Systems (13 Mar 2008)

Lord Roberts of Llandudno: ...about this before. That lady in Soweto had experienced strong government. She had experienced the government of apartheid. The people of Germany experienced Adolf Hitler's strong government. Mussolini, Franco, too, had strong governments. Is government just to be strong or is it to be representative? I suggest, particularly to those who have doubts about changing systems, that government...

Orders of the Day — Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) Bill: European Union (Amendment) Bill — [12th Allotted Day] (11 Mar 2008)

Barry Sheerman: ...of Napoleon, but I believe that if we refer to antiquity we will find that certain Roman emperors used a form of referendum to get their own way, and I know that the Italians used them under Mussolini. In the Labour party, I blame Tony Benn. I had the room next to him in the House at one stage and I got on with him extremely well personally, but I never liked his politics, and his...

Orders of the Day: Clause 8 — Commencement ( 5 Mar 2008)

Kenneth Clarke: I remember it. I cannot remember the precise words, but it is actually true. The origin of referendums lies with people such as Napoleon and Mussolini. They were populist people who wished to override their parliamentary institutions and to appeal to the people on carefully chosen issues.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Engagements (28 Feb 2008)

Wendy Alexander: Before the First Minister offers further praise for Simon Pia, he might reflect that Simon suggested in his column that the First Minister could be described as Mussolini, Fat Boab from Oor Wullie and the great pudding of the chieftain race, which proves that in politics we all need a thick skin. The country wants to know whether the Scottish National Party's election promise of a local...

Points of Order: Local Government Finance ( 4 Feb 2008)

David Curry: ...cooer. Concordats get us nowhere. I leave the Minister with the thought that there have been two famous concordats in history: one between the Pope and Napoleon, and one between the Pope and Mussolini. I hope that this one has a better fate than those two did.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget (29 Jan 2008)

Declan O'Loan: education; abandon cross-cutting funds, including a fund for children and young people; and are unclear in their implications for householders in terms of future charging for water.” Mussolini made the trains in Italy run on time, and the responsibility of the Finance Minister — through the Budget — is to have the same effect on the literal and metaphorical trains in our...

House of Lords: Reform (12 Mar 2007)

Lord Soley: not, actually. The law and various other things are safeguards. Democracy is part of that, but it is very important to remind ourselves, particularly in the European area, that both Hitler and Mussolini were elected. It is often worth reminding ourselves that such people are elected at times of acute economic distress and social and political disturbance. That is when they win, and it...

Debate on the Address (20 Nov 2006)

Lord Howe of Aberavon: ...on a rather sombre note. Harold Macmillan, in a book about his predecessors entitled The Past Masters, quotes, rather remarkably, from Neville Chamberlain's diary, as follows: "I wrote a letter to Mussolini in friendly terms and this was followed by a very cordial reply from him. I did not show my letter to the Foreign Secretary, for I had the feeling that he would object to it". Macmillan...

Orders of the Day: Communities and Local Government/Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (20 Nov 2006)

Andrew Stunell: It was said of Mussolini that he made the trains run on time. I have no doubt that, if we take much more centralised and dictatorial control in this country, we can deliver such projects faster. That is transparently the case. They will probably be cocked up, but they will be done faster. I fully accept that we need a balanced process. Indeed, I am simply saying that a balanced process is...

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