Sorry Winston. Your phrase paid tribute to the mighty deeds of the RAF in our darkest hour.
Nearly fifty years later my parody merely reflects a frustration that the lives of my friends in Enterprise Britain have been blighted by a handful of individuals.
The recession I can understand. Life runs in economic cycles. There comes a period when a restoration of value has to take place.
But what is so different about this period of austerity is that I get the feeling that it is the natural cycle which will underpin the recovery.
Never have I read, or listened to, such empty, political/economic rhetoric.
And then there is our friend Richard.
‘The Times’ gave the Director-General of the CBI a whole page.
The clue to its content was in the title: “At the very least, the Chancellor must do no harm.”
Further on there was intellectual vastness: “An essential part of the strategy must be a resurgence of economic growth.” Wow. “Followed by: “No one says that it is going to be easy.”
The CBI Director-General’s theme is that the situation requires fiscal correction geared to spending cuts which can deliver debt reduction and support growth. Do not put up taxes.”
He took a whole page of ‘The Times’ to say that.
I accept I am a little aggressive in my criticisms of banks, MPs, the Inland Revenue and the CBI.
But, and it is a big ‘but’, who, in this dire time of national austerity, has shown leadership and the policies to give hope to a recovery. Until his millionaires gaff, perhaps Vince Cable.
What is certain is that in the twelve months of 2009 nothing, absolutely nothing, has been done to help our enterprising businesses. Nobody really cares. They have no fire power (cf. hedge funds who have loads of money).
And yet they will recover and prosper despite the system.
Winston Churchill understood the mighty strength of the bulldog spirit.
It is that which will re-energise Enterprise Britain. Not the Government, MPs, Banks, the Inland Revenue or the CBI.
Never in the field of human capital has a section of our society been so shabbily treated.