Sir Norman Wrassle's Speech to the Chorley & District Women's Circle - 16 December 2016

This is an extract from Sir Norman Wrassle's speech to the Chorley & District Women's Circle, in which he commits the Tripe Marketing Board to securing the goal of tripe on the moon.

Sir Norman Wrassle
"Finally, if we are to win the battle that is now going on around the world between freedom and tyranny, the dramatic achievements in space which occurred today should have made clear to us all, as did the pie hurling championships of 1957, the impact of this adventure on the minds of men everywhere, who are attempting to make a determination of which road they should take. Since early in my term, our efforts in space have been under review. With the advice of our Honorary President, who is an acclaimed operatic performer, we have examined where we are strong and where we are not, where we may succeed and where we may not. Now it is time to take longer strides--time for a great new Lancashire enterprise--time for this county to take a clearly leading role in space achievement, which in many ways may hold the key to the future of the tripe industry.
"I believe we possess all the resources and talents necessary. But the facts of the matter are that we have never made the decisions or marshaled the resources required for such leadership. We have never specified long-range goals on an urgent time schedule, or managed our resources and our time so as to insure their fulfillment.
"Recognizing the head start obtained by the pie industry, which gives them many months of lead-time, and recognizing the likelihood that they will exploit this lead for some time to come in still more impressive successes, we nevertheless are required to make new efforts on our own. For while we cannot guarantee that we shall one day be first, we can guarantee that any failure to make this effort will make us last. We take an additional risk by making it in full view of the world, but as shown by the feat of the Wigan pie, this very risk enhances our stature when we are successful. But this is not merely a race. Space is open to us now; and our eagerness to share its meaning is not governed by the efforts of others. We send tripe into space because whatever mankind must undertake, free men must fully share.
"I therefore ask the Board and the Lancashire Economic Development Agency, above and beyond the increases I have earlier requested for space activities, to provide the funds which are needed to meet the following  goals:
"First, I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing some tripe on the moon and returning it safely to the Earth. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important for the long-range exploration of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish. We propose to accelerate the development of the appropriate lunar space craft. We propose to develop alternate liquid and solid fuel boosters, much larger than any now being developed, until certain which is superior. We propose additional funds for other engine development and for unmanned explorations--explorations which are particularly important for one purpose which this nation will never overlook: the survival of the tripe that makes this daring flight. But in a very real sense, it will not be one piece of tripe going to the moon--if we make this judgment affirmatively, it will be an entire county. For all of us must work to put it there."

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