You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on Earth, or we will sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness.

We will keep in mind and remember that Barry Goldwater has faith in us. He has faith that you and I have the ability and the dignity and the right to make our own decisions and determine our own destiny.

And from this speech:

From the joy and the good feeling of this conference, I go to a political reception. [Laughter] Now, I don’t know why, but that bit of scheduling reminds me of a story which I’ll share with you.

An evangelical minister and a politician arrived at Heaven’s gate one day together. And St. Peter, after doing all the necessary formalities, took them in hand to show them where their quarters would be. And he took them to a small, single room with a bed, a chair, and a table and said this was for the clergyman. And the politician was a little worried about what might be in store for him. And he couldn’t believe it then when St. Peter stopped in front of a beautiful mansion with lovely grounds, many servants, and told him that these would be his quarters.

And he couldn’t help but ask, he said, “But wait, how — there’s something wrong — how do I get this mansion while that good and holy man only gets a single room?” And St. Peter said, “You have to understand how things are up here. We’ve got thousands and thousands of clergy. You’re the first politician who ever made it.”


  1. Herman van Rompuy

  2. Mr Baker,

    I accidentally stumbled across this site from a comment you posted over at John Redwood’s Diary.

    I was beginning to despair of our Party but seeing this seminal message, and that there are some out there who still believe in such ideals, gives me hope for the future.

    Let’s hope we can see morning again in Britain, after the long, dark night of the New Labour years.

    Would that we had a Ronald Reagan for our age indeed. One of the most far seeing, freedom loving politicians of our age.

    Keep fighting the good fight and best wishes for your (hopefully lengthy) Parliamentary career.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family,

  3. Who? Well it’s not going to come from the Left is it? So it can ony come from the Right, yes? No. This is not Righty either. What it is is Libertarian. If you look at the ‘Nolan Chart’ you see excatly will where Reagan (and Thatcher) lived. In fact he says it himself ‘no right or left, only up or down’.

    So who in the present Parliament has such oratorical capabilites combined with the clear vision? Many of you have the basic vision (yourself, Hannan, Carswell to name but three) but do any of you yet have the oratorical capability and the ability to ‘politic’ yourselves into power? I doubt it. Your message at the last election was weak and confused. You gave no alternate vision to the voter to the present Political Class stitch up. And the voter agrees with Reagan, only a lot of them are in denial about it.

    So, you’ve been voted in and you clearly know what’s wrong, so you maybe you’re the bloke to do it. Are you?