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10 April, 2009
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HON KIM CHANCE (Agricultural) [4.46 pm]: […] There was an early English king who lived in the years 968 to 1016. I know, Mr President, that you know this very well because we have discussed this many times. That king’s name was Ethelred II. Ethelred was the son of the very successful King Edgar the Peaceful. You know that, of course, Mr President, but I am sure other members do not know that. King Edgar the Peaceful was a very successful king. In his time England was almost united in the shape that we currently know England to be, but his son Ethelred II was so spectacularly bad as a king that during his term as a king he practically lost all of England to the Vikings. It transpired that the Vikings had actually gone over to England for the weekend for a game of football and a family picnic –

Hon Matt Benson-Lidholm: As they do!

Hon KIM CHANCE: As the Vikings do! We are not displaying any bias here!

However, poor old Ethelred II, whom we now know better by his historical name of Ethelred the Unready,
carried frightening similarities to the present government.

Hon Robyn McSweeney: A bit like Alan Carpenter really!

Hon KIM CHANCE: Hon Robyn McSweeney should just watch out for people with Viking names knocking on her door!

Subject: Address-in-Reply [Legislative Council – Amendment to Motion]

Date: 31 March 2009

Hansard reference: pp. 2257-2258 [online (pdf)]

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