18 Quotes filtered by Resignations
Perhaps the bigger blow, though, is to the role of the professional politician. Whether you agree with Mr Purnell or not, he is intelligent, articulate, youthful: he adds to public life, and will presumably wish to contribute to it still. What does it say about Parliament, or about the life of an MP, that he would much rather operate from beyond Westminster?
On the resignation of James Purnell
I was sacked for running in like an ill-trained spaniel.
After being sacked as leader of the Lords by William Hague.
It is rather like sending your opening batsmen to the crease, only for them to find that their bats have been broken before the game by the team captain.
Geoffrey Howe 13/11/1990
On Mrs Thatcher's style during his resignation speech
Once I leave I leave. I am not going to speak to the man on the bridge and I am not going to spit on the deck.
On leaving public office.
It's a funny olf world.
Margaret Thatcher 22/11/1990
At the Cabinet meeting announcing her resignation.
One should not threaten resignation openky in the Cabinet.
Sir Stafford Cripps
A very fair cabinet today - only three resignations.
William Ewart Gladstone
There comes a time in every man's life when he must make way for an older man.
Reginald Maudling 18/11/1976
After being replaced in Margaret Thatcher's Shadow Cabinet by John Davies, who was a year older.
Until 48 hours ago I had a full-time job. Now it seems my only job is to act as a messenger between my wife and Churchill, each of whom os moved to tears by a message from the other.
Harold Wilson 25/04/1951
After his resignation from the Attlee Government
The worst of being sacked is you can never find your car.
Anthony Eden 16/11/1938
To Chips Channon having left the government in 1938.
The man who is running the government one day was sped on his way the next, with just about as much ceremony as a shop assistant found with his hand in the till.
Marcia Falkender 1970
Referring to the 1970 election defeat.
There are two supreme pleasures in life. One is ideal, the other real. The ideal is when a man receives the office from his Sovereign. The real pleasure comes when he hands it back.
I will not be able to carry the physical burden of leading the Party at the next general election. I hope it will soon be possible for the customary processes of consultation to be carried on within the Party about its future leadership.
Harold Macmillan 10/10/1963
Announcement to the Conservative Conference
No more coals to Newcastle, no more Hoares to Paris.
King George V 1935
Upon Sir Samuel Hoare's resignation over the Hoare/Laval Pact.
My God! They've shot our fox!
Nigel Birch 13/11/1947
A cry of anguish on hearing that Hugh Dalton, the Chancellor, had resigned over a budget leak.
Has he resigned or has he gone for a pee?
Margaret Thatcher 01/1986
To Cabinet colleagues on Michael Heseltine's resignation
Cecil, these have been such happy hours. We have done such a lot for the country together and we will do much more.
Margaret Thatcher 10/10/1983
To Cecil Parkinson on his resignation over the Keays affair