Sunday, July 5, 2009
Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has provoked outrage by reportedly praising Adolf Hitler’s ability “to get things done”.
In an outspoken newspaper interview, the 78-year-old billionaire expressed a preference for “strong leaders” like former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Max Mosley, the outgoing head of Formula One’s governing body.
He added: “In a lot of ways, terrible to say this I suppose, but apart from the fact that Hitler got taken away and persuaded to do things that I have no idea whether he wanted to do or not, he was in the way that he could command a lot of people, able to get things done.
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“In the end he got lost, so he wasn’t a very good dictator because either he had all these things and knew what was going on and insisted, or he just went along with it . . . so either way he wasn’t a dictator.”
Mr Ecclestone said democracy “hasn’t done a lot of good for many countries, including this one”.
This article was posted: Sunday, July 5, 2009 at 6:14 am