Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Stay on the straight and narrow

If something happened in the past and you agree with it then you can quote it forever. If something happened in the past and you disagree with it then it is outdated. It is passé. On the eve of invading Poland it was reported that Hitler said "Go, kill without mercy. After all, who remembers the Armenians?" His point was that some of his soldiers may have had doubts about the integrity of his orders. Hitler is saying that history is written by the victors. Go and win this war and Germany is right and Poland is wrong.

If you take two people you will have two opinions or at least two variations of the same opinion. We all think differently. It is the same in politics at any level including decisions made by Hitler. I used a Margaret Thatcher quote last time to highlight that you may not agree with all her comments. Margaret Thatcher may have been our best leader at the time. She may have been the worst. What is important is that we have a means to question decisions in order to keep our decision makers on the straight and narrow.

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