Aspiring to explore how we might do something, with other people doing it

Great historical speeches on matters of ambition, put through the Department for Transport Cycle Funding Filter.

Reagan’s ‘Tear down this wall!’ speech – Tear Down This Wall

“We welcome change and openness; for we believe that freedom and security go together, that the advance of human liberty can only strengthen the cause of world peace. There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace. General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and eastern Europe, if you seek liberalisation,  Mr. Gorbachev, aspire to explore ways of working together with other parties to develop a strategy for tearing down this wall!”

John F Kennedy’s ‘Moon’ speech – 220px-John_F._Kennedy_speaks_at_Rice_University

“Its hazards are hostile to us all. Its conquest deserves the best of all mankind, and its opportunity for peaceful cooperation may never come again. But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? Why does Rice play Texas? We choose to go to the moon. And that’s why my aspiration is to explore ways of potentially getting the funding together by the end of this decade, working with other countries.”

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21 Responses to Aspiring to explore how we might do something, with other people doing it

  1. R says:

    Surely the M Luther King I have a dream speech is missing from this?

    • ORiordan says:

      Let the Local Enterprise Partnership of Greater Birmingham and Solihull affirm their commitment

      Let the Government set up a partnership with the local authority responsible for South Derbyshire

      Let Exeter City Council receive access to supporting tools and incentives

      From every local authority, let expressions of interest apply [1]

      Dialogue about level of ambition, dialogue about level of ambition!

      Thank multiple faiths and those of no faith, we will have a knowledge sharing network at last.

      [1] Annex B provides further information

  2. stephendorey says:

    Great words? Berlin Wall? Surely the Hoff is missing …i’hve been loooking for Freeedom!

  3. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to aspire to explore ways of potentially getting the funding together to be more independent, in consultation with other countries.

  4. Dan B says:

    We shall aspire to find ways of looking into potentially getting the funding together to fight them on the beaches and, by the end of the next decade, will propose to put together a committee to look at the situation again…

    • Andrew S says:

      We aspire to potentially explore reasonable alternatives to surrender

      • Andrew S says:

        Or rather: We shall investigate the possibility of combat on the landing grounds, we shall survey the feasibility of fighting in the fields and in the streets, We aspire to develop a plan for resistance in the hills. We shall explore reasonable alternatives to surrender.

  5. R says:

    Never in the history of human conflict has so much been owed by so many diverse stakeholders and important local factors and developments including but not limited to LEPs, BIDs, local authority priorities and cycling design standards to so few…cyclists.

  6. Peter Clinch says:

    “I would say to the House as I said to those who have joined this government: I have nothing to offer but hopes of blood, toil, tears and sweat gathered from interested parties. We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering.

    You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: Aspirations. Aspirations. Aspirations at reasonable costs borne in small part by the government—Aspirations in spite of all terror—Aspirations, however long and hard the road may be, for without aspirations there is no vague possibility that something good may happen.”

  7. ORiordan says:

    I think this thread proves you can’t beat Churchill.

    Let us therefore brace ourselves for the summit to launch the partnership arrangements and so shape ourselves for partnership commitments, that if the Department for Transport and Local Authorities last until 2020-21, men, women, LGBT will still say, This was their finest aspiration.

  8. Peter Clinch says:

    Moving on to popular fiction, as Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing is saved by Han Solo’s daredevil piloting as he nears the thermal exhaust port above the Death Star…

    “You’re all clear, kid. Now let’s seek funding partners for some photon torpedoes so we can aspire to blow this thing and go home”.

    • D. says:

      I thought X-wings packed _proton_ torpedoes, not photon torpedoes. Photon torpedoes are used by Starfleet, in Star Trek.

      I’ll get my coat…

      • Peter Clinch says:

        That’s the sort of thing that will come out in a detailed resource review, and just goes to show you shouldn’t hurry these things…

  9. ORiordan says:

    I was just about to suggest films myself.

    I have… seen things you people wouldn’t believe… a 49 bus on fire off the hard shoulder of the A10. I watched free LCC bike lights glitter in the dark near Notting Hill Gate. All those… aspirations… will be lost in time, like CS6. Time to…form a partnership.

  10. ORiordan says:

    Submit an expression of interest and you may consult. Develop a local walking and cycling delivery plan and you will form a partnership with government at least awhile. And at the end of the Cycling Delivery Plan 10 years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance, just one chance to come back here as a local cycling and walking champion and tell the local authority that they may take our budget but they will never take our aspiration!

  11. Jitensha Khan says:

    Had you not created great sins by not wearing helments, RLJing and wearing lycra, god would not have aspired to have explored ways of finding an inquiry into the feasibilty of sending a punishment like DfT cycling publications upon you.

  12. Toby says:

    Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more; or close up the mixed-mode shared space with our cyclist dead! In Holland there’s nothing so becomes a man as cycling on a separated track with is small children; but when the blast of an HGV blows in our ears, then imitate the action of a tiger wearing a helmet and a hi-viz jacket…

  13. MC says:

    Bob Geldof: “F*** the address! – there are people dying now! So give me the aspiration that – working with local government, and businesses – we can together explore how we can achieve a minimum funding equivalent to £10 per person each year by 2020 and 2021 – and sooner if possible.”

  14. R says:

    Bodge or bodge not. There is no hierarchy of measures.

  15. A-t-B-C. A-aspire, t-to, B-be, C-cycling. Aspire to be cycling! Aspire to be cycling!! A-L-MD-LIA. Attention, LEP, multilateral decision, locally-initiated action. Attention — do I have the attention of our funding parters? LEP — are local enterprises interested? I know you are because it’s drive or walk. You cycle or you hit the lorries! Decision — have the necessary subcommittees met to initiate the decision making phase, for Christ?!! And a plan to discuss action in the next funding cycle. A-L-MD-LIA; get out there!! You got the diverse stakeholders comin’ in; you think they came in to get out of the rain? Guy doesn’t walk on the lot unless he wants to discuss the possibility of setting up a partnership with the local authority. Sitting out there waiting to explore ways to potentially give you their money! Are you gonna take it [1]? Are you man enough to take it [1]?

    [1] subject to viability assessment.

  16. The government’s reaction to the ‘Get Britain Cycling’ inquiry’s recommendations in August 2013 was contrasted with Martin Luther King’s speech:

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