U.S. Congresswoman and Tea Party star Michele Bachmann today addressed one of the oldest debating and speaker societies in the world: the Oxford Union.
Speaking at the world famous organisation, Bachmann’s speech was entitled, “Seeds of Progress: The struggle between innovation and bureaucracy.”
She is reported to have said: “I believe that it is no coincidence that the greatest explosion of innovation in history accompanied our first experiments with political liberty and free enterprise. If we keep our societies open to innovation, we will continue to see breakthroughs that empower individuals to collaborate and transcend the bureaucracies that are thwarting progress.”
“I come to praise Great Britain, not to bury you,” Bachmann said. “This is the epicentre of free speech. If only we had something like Prime Minister’s Questions in Washington we would have a chance of perfecting the British art of wit.”
The left-leaning Independent newspaper described Bachmann’s speech as ‘folksy’ in a disparaging review on its website.
Earlier in the year the Oxford Union hosted former Republican Party candidate Christine O’Donnell, and was also due to host controversial radio show host Alex Jones, who had to withdraw from his appearance for health reasons.
The union has previously hosted high-profile speakers such as Winston Churchill, Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama, Yasser Arafat and many more.