I watched the last episode of The Lord of the Rings on TV on Saturday night. An excellent film which I’m sure was watched by many others.
One bit I recall was when the hosts of Gondor massed outside the gates of Mordor in order to create a battle to distract Soron from seeing Frodo with the ring. (yes I know the whole story off by heart).
So Anyway (SA), Aragorn (son of Arathorn you will recall) is trying to rally the troops. It all looks very dire and the mood is bad and he says:
“Sons of Gondor, of Rohan, my brothers! I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of woes and shattered shields, when the age of men comes crashing down! But it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!”
and it was a brilliant moment. It raised your heart. Yes. We might fail. But today, today we are going to fight like hell.
So, Anyway (SA). I was listening to the leader of the Tory part at his conference make a speech and he said
“They paid themselves vast rewards when it was all going well and the minute it went wrong, they came running to us to bail them out.
There will be a day of reckoning but today is not that day. Today we have to understand the long-term policy mistakes that were made.”
Son or Arathorn?
I guess that as I lay on my couch with beer in hand watching Lord of the Rings Mr. Cameron was with me in spirit. He imagined the Tory party fighting the Orcs and Goblins of the Labour party and vanquishing the great Lord Gordon. More realistically Mr. Cameron probably spent Saturday night at a dinner party discussing the colour of his curtains and one of his speech writing policy wonks was lying on a couch snorting coke and watching L of the R.
Hey ho. I should have been a speech writer.