New Year political quiz – who said what?

It’s 2015,  and the Tories are girding their loins to smite Labour into the wilderness in readiness for the May GE. The minor parties are circling the battlefield, flexing their pecs, aware all they have going for them is low cunning.  It’s going to be close.  Through the centuries, some things in politics never change.  Do this quiz and find out who said what.ramses31) We always have been, we are, and I hope that we always will be detested in France.

a) Nigel Farage about the EU.

b) The Duke of Wellington before the Battle of Waterloo.

2)  Are you trying to humble me?

a) Nick Clegg to David Cameron.

b) Moses to the God of the Hebrews

3) May God have mercy on my enemies, because I won’t.

a) General George S. Patton

b) George W Bush

4) Impossible is a word found only in the dictionary of fools.

a) Margaret Thatcher

b) Napoleon Buonaparte

5)  Politics have no relation to morals.

a) Niccolo Machiavelli

b) Peter Mandelson

6) It is double pleasure to deceive the deceiver

a) George Osborne

b) Niccolo Machiavelli

7)  If you want to know who controls you,  see whom you may not criticise.

a) Boris Johnson

b) Tacitus

8)  Social progress can be measured by the social position of the female sex.

a) Karl Marx

b) Harriet Harman

9)  The more corrupt the state, the more it legislates.

a) Tacitus

b) Jacob Rees-Mogg

10)  I want to see them on their knees begging for it to stop.

a) Lynton Crosby setting out the Tory strategy for GE15.

b) God of the Hebrews about to unleash the plagues on Ramses.

Answers:                             

1b, 2b, 3a, 4b, 5a, 6b, 7b, 8a, 9a, 10b.

4 responses to “New Year political quiz – who said what?

  1. Angelneptustar, I’d very much like a reference for 10b please. Can’t find it in my bible. I suspect it is a paraphrase. As for Wellington, he is also reputed to have said of his own troops, “I don’t know if they frighten the enemy, but by god they frighten me!” Sad to hear of the death of the current Duke this last week. Only a few more months and he could have been there for the reenactment.

    • Bit of cheat is 10b! That quote comes from the Ridley Scott film, Exodus! The God of the Old Testament is a warlike avenging God, who wants the Egyptians punished for 400 years of subjugation of the Jews. The plagues portrayed so vividly in the movie are quite horrific, particularly the Angel of Death.

      God also punishes the Hebrews many times after they left Egypt, for not obeying him. Only Joshua and Caleb are allowed to see the Promised Land. I am interested in that part of the Bible, loved the film, have seen it twice, would go again.

      Have found a beautiful essay on Joshua, hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
      http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/hebrew-bible/joshua-in-the-bible/

      You are right about the Duke of Wellington, he made many often quoted remarks, once referred to the British Army as “scum!”

  2. I haven’t seen the film and no intention of doing so, the shorts were bad enough. The Egyptians used chariots as their horses were the size of ponies and could not carry a full grown man. The idea of Moses riding around on a great big hunter is ridiculous. Hollywood has never, ever been concerned for historical accuracy.

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