Edmund Burke was a prominent politician in the 18th century. His statue stands in the centre of Bristol because he was our illustrious MP from 1774-80. During that term he made a speech containing this ‘catchy’ sound-byte. It made him famous.

Parliament is not a congress of ambassadors from different and hostile interests; which interests each must maintain, as an agent and advocate, against other agents and advocates; but parliament is a deliberative assembly of one nation, with one interest, that of the whole; where, not local purposes, not local prejudices ought to guide, but the general good, resulting from the general reason of the whole. You choose a member indeed; but when you have chosen him, he is not a member of Bristol, but he is a member of parliament.

He was fond of pontificating, as the bronze shows. To his dogmatic finger the current generation have recently bestowed further honour. In the form of a yo-yo.

I love British humour.

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