Wednesday’s Piece

“When she inveighed eloquently against the evils of capitalism at drawing-room meetings and Fabian conferences she was concious of a comfortable feeling that the system with all its inequalities and iniquities, would probably last her time. It is one of the consolations of middle-aged reformers that the good they inculcate must live after them if it is to live at all.”

(Saki – Hector Hugh Munro, 1870 – 1916)

John Lentell

18th February, 1969

Monday’s Piece

“The Noble heart, that harbours virtuous thought,

And is with Child of glorious great intent,

Can never rest, until it forth have brought

Th’ eternal Brood of Glory excellent.”

(Edmund Spenser, 1552 – 1599)

John Lentell

16th February, 1969

Sunday’s Piece

If among us at this time of crisis, conflict and challenge we have men with noble hearts and virtuous thoughts they are not conspicuous nor, apparently, in the vanguard. If there are such men and if they truly desire to serve, or even to be great, they will never again in Rhodesia see opportunity such as this. From my humble standpoint I beg of someone to take the lead.

John Lentell

15th February, 1969

Friday’s Piece

“In 1931, the country was up to the eyes in hell-broth. The complete complete collapse of a vast eddifice of sham, pretence, humbug and hypocrisy could no longer be concealed even from a people who, through thirteen years of ‘peace’, had shown little disposition to wake up to the facts of life. Mr. Ramsay MacDonald’s government ‘went to the country’, taking Mr. Baldwin and Sir John Simon along in hand-in-hand. They made their celebrated demand for a ‘doctor’s mandate’, which was, at long last, a rceognition that the patient was in a very bad way. The patient, shaken to the soul, placed himself in their hands with a lack of reservation rarely witnessed in English political history. The doctor’s bill came in 1939….”

(‘In the Meantime’ – Howard Spring, 1889 – 1965)

Now why did I choose this quote?

John Lentell

13th February, 1969