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This same report gives us a vivid glimpse of Mosley as a speaker: “There was a tepid welcome when Sir Oswald Mosley came. He was a lithe and catlike figure, and as he sat down smiling one thought of M. Rigaud in Little Dorrit whose ‘moustache went up under his nose, and his nose came down over his moustache.’ The moustache is trim, the nose shapely, the teeth very white and perfect. The profile is aristocratic…When he begins to speak we find that he has a powerful, harsh voice that would carry well on a parade ground… His illustrations are striking. He told how he stood in the Ford works at Detroit and watched a man who earned £6 a week for working six hours a day at nothing but turning a screw with a screwdriver. Any illiterate oriental could learn the job in half-an-hour, and then he would work not for six  but for eight, ten, twelve hours a day, and not for £6 a week but for 5s.a week or for a bowl of rice.”

Robert Skidelsky, “Oswald Mosley”.

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