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Started by YorenInTheNorth on Jun 20, 2019 9:53:40 PM
Memorable Political Moments

What are memorable political moments for you?

JFK's oratory, Robin Cook's resignation speech, the Fall of the Berlin Wall?

Doesn't have to be great or inspiring either, just something that sticks in the memory. Post and discuss.

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widenation - 20 Jun 2019 21:56:17 (#1 of 37)

Blair being asked by Paxman if he and George Bush prayed together. The realisation that he was becoming a figure of ridicule and disdain.

TommyDGNR8 - 20 Jun 2019 21:57:23 (#2 of 37)

Sitting on the top deck of the bus outside the Job Centre listening to the radio when Thatcher was doing her "I'm enjoying this" routine having resigned.

YorenInTheNorth - 20 Jun 2019 22:01:17 (#3 of 37)

A few selections.

The great.

Ribincoff denouncing his host (Mayor Daley) in Chicago 1968;

https://youtu.be/A3v0rctksFU

The sublime.

President Ford bravely laying out the situation in Eastern Europe in a debate with Carter;

https://youtu.be/PfyL4uQVJLw

The absurd.

John Redwood (Welsh Secretary) suddenly realising he doesn't know the Welsh national anthem;

https://youtu.be/GzBq0n8dxFQ

barkis - 20 Jun 2019 22:04:47 (#4 of 37)

#3

Is that Europe Europe as opposed to Europe Michigan?

(Sorry, the temptation was too much!)

Rendered - 20 Jun 2019 22:07:43 (#5 of 37)

<awaits Shadders to bring up Norman Tebbit's plums>

YorenInTheNorth - 20 Jun 2019 22:09:59 (#6 of 37)

#4

Fucksticks. Corrected.

HorstVogel - 20 Jun 2019 22:14:23 (#7 of 37)

Helmut Kohl pelted with eggs in eastern Germany BERLIN (1991) Chancellor Helmut Kohl was pelted with eggs, tomatoes and paint during an appearance Friday in eastern Germany -- and at one point struck back at the protesters with his fists.



https://www.upi.com/Archives/1991/05/10/Kohl-pelted-with-eggs-in-eastern-Germany/8859673848000/

darkhorse - 20 Jun 2019 22:18:38 (#8 of 37)

Thatcher's heavies shoving away John Sargent live on air.

Tenesmus - 20 Jun 2019 22:30:28 (#9 of 37)

Thatcher's delight at only giving way a little on apartheid sanctions. Something about krugerrands. But she was a friend to racists so no surprise.

Prescott swinging at that mulleted twat.

Kinnock's speech.

YorenInTheNorth - 20 Jun 2019 22:32:49 (#10 of 37)

#9

"Kinnock's speech."

At Miltant?

HouseOfLametta - 20 Jun 2019 22:37:36 (#11 of 37)

Mandelson;

I'M.A FIGHTER NOT A QUITTER

He sobbed

Tenesmus - 20 Jun 2019 22:40:09 (#12 of 37)

Actually I'd forgotten the militant one, it was this I had in mind.

https://youtu.be/-QPhMVbleU0

HorseEasyEast - 20 Jun 2019 22:50:22 (#13 of 37)

Nixon: I'm not a crook. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sh163n1lJ4M

Sunfish - 20 Jun 2019 22:50:38 (#14 of 37)

Kinnock gets his bum wet. Still bizarre.

https://youtu.be/jh8ktNsie0I

YorenInTheNorth - 20 Jun 2019 22:54:28 (#15 of 37)

#12

Ouch. Love a bit of welsh oratory.

HorseEasyEast - 20 Jun 2019 22:57:39 (#16 of 37)

Pierre Trudeau on his institution of marshal law, when asked how far he's willing to go, responds "Just watch me"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeTsQQ22Uwc

YorenInTheNorth - 20 Jun 2019 23:03:23 (#17 of 37)

On Kennedy;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BEhKgoA86U

His civil rights address. Interesting for how it was put together. They (JFK/RFK) had wanted to speak on this for a while and their moment had come but they had not prepared a set speech.

They called in Sorenson and gave him some notes and a few hours but Sorenson could not finish it. At 11 minutes in Kennedy runs out of prepared comments and ad libs the rest.

YorenInTheNorth - 20 Jun 2019 23:04:57 (#18 of 37)

#16

Cool.

The full war powers act speech is good (and disturbing too);

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHaoBD-eakk

Garden - 30 Aug 2019 07:11:07 (#19 of 37)

#16

Martial law.

Great thread. Why are so many memorable moments embarrassing ones?

levelgaze - 30 Aug 2019 07:39:46 (#20 of 37)

Willi Brandt in Warsaw:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kniefall_von_Warsc
hau


Orgreave.

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