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109,491.  Civil government, so far as it is instituted for the security of property, is in reality instituted for the defense of the rich against the poor, or of those who have some property against those who have none at all.  Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations

 

 

38,710.  Local democracy’s a farce.  (Government & Local Government)  Yes, Minister: The Challenge s3e2, Jim to Sir Humphrey, with Bernard

 

 

38,812.  Nobody knows who their counsellor is.  (Government & Local Government)  Yes, Prime Minister: Power to the People s2e5, Jim to Bernard

 

38,813.  This money isn’t like the rates; it’s spent on what people actually want it spent on.  (Government & Local Government)  ibid.  Jim to Annie

 

38,814.  Once you create genuinely democratic local communities it won’t stop there.  (Government & Local Government)  ibid.  Sir Humphrey to Bernard

 

38,815.  Since 1832 we have been gradually excluding the voter from government.  (Government & Local Government)  ibid.

 

38,817.  I think we’re all agreed that the nation isn’t quite ready for total democracy.  (Government & Local Government)  ibid.  Jim to Sir Humphrey, with political adviser

 

 

79,488.  You can’t fight City Hall, but you can goddamn sure blow it up.  George Carlin

 

 

79,489.  The party’s over.  Anthony Crosland 1918-77, British Labour politician, cutting back central government's support for local rates

 

 

79,490.  A councillor ought not to sleep the whole night through, a man to whom the populace is entrusted, and who has many responsibilities.  Homer, The Iliad

 

 

79,491.  First of all I’d like to thank the local Hammersmith Council which is probably a Labour lefty-fucking-Save-the-World-two-CV-driving-fucking- Greenpeace-fucking-vegetarian-wallies.  Jim Davidson, on stage

 

 

79,492.  It’s the council. that’s who prompted me, boy.  Local bloody Council.  Bunch of bloody wanks.  That’s who they are.  Bunch of wanks.  I mean don’t get me wrong, I’ve nothing against wanking, you know what I mean.  See, in the past I could have wanked for Scotland.  But see these fuckers.  See these fuckers.  These fuckers are spit-washing the bloody lot of us.  Commonwealth Games is it?  Commonwealth fucking Games ... Ian Pattison, Rab C Nesbitt: Fight, Rab on local radio explaining crucifix stunt

 

79,493.  I didn’t mean to drag morals into public life you know.  ibid.  Rab to local council leader

 

 

79,494.  It’s my turn now.  Alan Bleasdale, GBH: It Couldn’t Happen Here starring Robert Lindsay & Lindsay Duncan & Michael Palin & Julie Walters & Tom Georgeson & Andrew Schofield & Jane Danson & David Ross et al, director Robert Young, Michael to headmaster

 

79,485.  It was still a great speech, Michael.  Just like the kind your dad used to make.  (Local Government & Speech)  ibid.  caretaker to Michael

 

79,486.  They marched against the system.  (Local Government & Protest & System)  ibid.  Michaels fathers speech

 

79,487.  Once upon a time he tried to destroy me.  ibid.  Michael to director of education, of Mr Mellor

 

79,488.  The truth and Michael Murray make strange bedfellows.  ibid. Mr Mellor

 

79,489.  It’s great being someone, Franky.  ibid.  Michael to chauffeur

 

79,490.  Trotsky’s words on the matter of pavements: if you cannot convince a fascist, acquaint his head with the pavement.  (Local Government & Fascism)  ibid.  sidekick to Michael

 

79,491.  We believe that you will be very soon a great force in the land.  ibid.  adviser to Michael

 

79,492.  This callous crypto-fascist Conservative government ... (Local Government & Conservative)  ibid.  Michael to Franky

 

79,493.  Remember when we carried banners?  (Local Government & Protest)  ibid.  Laura to Jim Nelson

 

79,494.  If you screw up this day, I’ll screw up the rest of your life.  (Local Government & Day)  ibid.  Michael to Jim

 

 

79,495.  I know where you live.  Alan Bleasdale, GBH II: Only Here on a Message starring Robert Lindsay & Lindsay Duncan & Michael Palin & Julie Walters & Tom Georgeson & Andrew Schofield & Jane Danson & David Ross et al, director Robert Young

 

79,496.  Have you been in your wardrobe again?  (Local Government & Mental Health)  ibid.  Laura to Jim

 

79,497.  You’re still here, Mr Nelson.  Still in the land of the living.  ibid.  Doctor

 

79,498.  Poll Tax ... Thirty thousand people have suddenly disappeared off the face of this city.  (Local Government & Tax)  ibid.  Nelson at council meeting

 

79,499.  A power base is a power base, gentlemen.  So don’t knock it.  Particularly if you haven’t got one of your own.  (Local Government & Power)  ibid.  Michael in meeting with Militant reps

 

 

79,500.  I wish I was a good man.  (Local Government & Good)  Alan Bleasdale, GBH III: Send a Message to Michael starring Alan Bleasdale, & Robert Lindsay & Lindsay Duncan & Michael Palin & Julie Walters & Tom Georgeson & Andrew Schofield & Jane Danson & David Ross et al, director Robert Young, Michael to Franky

 

79,501.  I think I’m going mad, Martin.  (Local Government & Mental Health & Mad)  ibid.  Jim

 

79,502.  It’s as if I’ve always known you.  ibid.  Jim to Barbara

 

79,503.  He killed the school’s hamsters thirty-five years ago today.  And then I beat him.  And then I saved him.  All in the same day.  ibid.  Mr Weller to Jim

 

79,504.  We should be on the same side.  ibid.  Michael to Jim

 

79,505.  Come on, what are they saying about me behind me back?  ibid.  Michael to Franky

 

79,506.  Franky, don’t go!  ibid.  Michael

 

79,507.  You are an ass-hole, Mr Nelson.  ibid.  doctor

 

 

79,508.  I’m not dying; my doctor’s dying.  Alan Bleasdale, GBH IV: Message Sent starring Robert Lindsay & Lindsay Duncan & Michael Palin & Julie Walters & Tom Georgeson & Andrew Schofield & Jane Danson & David Ross et al, director Robert Young, Jim to Laura

 

79,509.  Eileen Critchley phoned.  ibid.  Hotel guy to Michael

 

79,510.  All this politics is corrupting me.  ibid.

 

79,511.  How much further must I descend?  ibid.  Eileen Critchley’s sister Baba

 

79,512.  When I can be you, Eileen?  ibid.  Baba, as children

 

79,513.  A bloody Labour Club – what did you learn there, eh?  (Local Government & Labour Party)  ibid.  Laura to Jim

 

79,514.  If this was the case history of a kid who had been sent to me, I’d be very concerned for him.  ibid.  Jim to Laura, reading Murray’s file

 

79,515.  Mantra?  More like bloody murder if she gets in here.  ibid.  Michael to Baba

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