Sunday’s Piece

“The time is short, the hour is late, the matter is urgent. It is not incumbent upon us to complete the task; but neither are we free to desist from doing all we possibly can.”

(The Ethics of our Fathers)

John Lentell

1st March, 1969

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Saturday’s Piece

“I believe in an ultimate decency of things.”

(Robert Louis Stevenson, 1850 – 1894)

John Lentell

28th February, 1969

Friday’s Piece

Reckoning – not rumour – suggests to me a development, soon, other than a ‘six of one – half a dozen of the other’ referendum. Further talks with Britain? A snap election precipitated by division in the RF? Or both?

Why else, when we are politically and constitutionally at sixes and sevens, are the good men (even in their private capacities) doing nothing? Why has no one from cabinet or Caucus stepped forward and joined the Conservative Association? The facts – as so far revealed – simply do not add up.

John Lentell

27th February, 1969

Monday’s Piece

What we would like individually to see no longer matters. We desperately need a plan to restore confidence, a plan to stop the outflow of ‘brains, brawn and brass’ (not adequately compensated by the inflow!).

John Lentell

23rd February, 1969

Sunday’s Piece

“There is a tide in the affairs of men,

Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;

Omitted, all the voyage of their life

Is bound in shallows and in miseries.

On such a full sea are we now afloat,

And we must take the current when it serves,

Or lose our ventures.

(William Shakespeare, 1564 – 1616)

John Lentell

22nd February, 1969

Saturday’s Piece

These are the days of challenge and opportunity for men patent of goodwill, men of calibre, men of courage and patient fortitude. There is challenge and opportunity in abundance for such men to come forward and truly build a nation wherein all men can dwell and know freedom and happiness without parallel on this continent. We have all had a bellyful of extremism and we ought to be spewing it from our mouths.

John Lentell

21st February, 1969

Friday’s Piece

That this is a time of trouble and trial no sane person can deny; but it is at this very point when men reach the end of their tether that they might find in common a hunger to build anew?

John Lentell

20th February, 1969