Tuesday’s Piece

“……if any instrument of reporting or of comment or of both becomes the gramophone of a government, there is no depth to which it cannot sink.”

(Thelma Cazalet-Keir, 1899 – 1989)

John Lentell

22nd April, 1969

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Monday’s Piece

“It is not so important to be serious as it is to be serious about the importance of things. The monkey wears an expression of seriousness which would do credit to any college student, but the moneky is serious because he itches.”

(Robert Maynard Hutchins, 1899 – 1977)

John Lentell

21st April, 1969

Saturday’s Piece

“One suspects, indeed that ever since the emergence of Lloyd George as the national leader in the first world war the prevailing tendency has been towards the exaltation of the Prime Minister at the expense of his colleagues and of the House of Commons.”

(Max Beloff, 1913 – 1999)

John Lentell

19th April, 1969

Friday’s Piece (rejected)

(Rejected by Rhodesia Herald newspaper)

I think the Rhodesian Front might lose a vote or two if it came clean with the electorate about the extent to which we are involving ourselves with South Africa and the extent to which we will ultimately lose our identity to South Africa; economically, politically and in a hundred other frightening ways.

John Lentell

11th April, 1969

Wednesday’s Piece

In the best of times there is a gap between the intelligence information that a Prime Minister and his cabinet deal with daily and the public’s grasp of events as reported by the media but, in Rhodesdia, this gap has, in my view, become too wide.

John Lentell

9th April, 1969

Monday’s Piece

“…..descending incontinently, fecklessly, the stairway which leads to a dark gulf. It is a fine broad stairway at the beginning, but after a bit the carpet ends. A little farther on there are only flag stones, and a little farther on still, these flag stones break beneath your feet.”

(Speech in the House of Commons 1938, 12 days after the Anschluss, the Nazi annexation of Austria by Winston Churchill, 1874 – 1965)

John Lentell

7th April, 1969

Sunday’s Piece

“Papa, what is a traitor in politics?”

“A traitor is a man who leaves our party and goes over to the other one.”

“Well, than, what is a man who leaves his party and comes over to yours?”

“A convert, my boy.”

John Lentell

5th April, 1969