View Full Version : F1's Ecclestone praises Hitler etc.

Dr Mordrid
5th July 2009, 23:18

Between Bernie, Max and Max's daddy that's some group :eek:

Link..... (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/formula_1/article6633340.ece)

Hitler? He got things done, says Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone, the Formula One chief, said yesterday that he preferred totalitarian regimes to democracies and praised Adolf Hitler for his ability to “get things done”.

In an outspoken interview with The Times, the 78-year-old billionaire chastised contemporary politicians for their weakness and extolled the virtues of strong leadership.

Mr Ecclestone said: “In a lot of ways, terrible to say this I suppose, but apart from the fact that Hitler got taken away and persuaded to do things that I have no idea whether he wanted to do or not, he was in the way that he could command a lot of people, able to get things done.

“In the end he got lost, so he wasn’t a very good dictator because either he had all these things and knew what was going on and insisted, or he just went along with it . . . so either way he wasn’t a dictator.” He also rounded on democracy, claiming that “it hasn’t done a lot of good for many countries — including this one [Britain]”.

Instead, Mr Ecclestone endorsed the concept of a government based on tyranny.

“Politicians are too worried about elections,” he said. “We did a terrible thing when we supported the idea of getting rid of Saddam Hussein. He was the only one who could control that country. It was the same [with the Taleban]. We move into countries and we have no idea of the culture. The Americans probably thought Bosnia was a town in Miami. There are people starving in Africa and we sit back and do nothing but we get involved in things we should leave alone.”

Mr Ecclestone, who plunged the Blair Government into a row about donations in 1997 after it emerged that he had given the party £1 million, has a reputation for being outspoken. Last month he said that Formula One needed a “black, Jewish woman who, if possible, wins some races”.

5th July 2009, 23:32
I want some of what he's smoking.

Brian Ellis
5th July 2009, 23:39
There is some truth in what he says. I've always had a thought to be a benign dictator :D As for our interference in the internal affairs of other countries to impose our own broken concept of so-called democracy, least said, soonest mended. We should spend the money rather on our internal problems. That having been said, I have no sympathy towards tyrannical dictatorships, only benign ones. The problem is power corrupts, total power corrupts totally.

6th July 2009, 04:57
Benign dictatorship sounds like benign death (coma?), or a prison without forced labour.

6th July 2009, 10:29
Death to tyrants!