134 Quotes filtered by government
My late husband gave his life to the Labour Party and my loyalty is to the party, and to what Gordon Brown has done for the country... My son holds his own views but I'm very angry about this and very angry with him.
Manjula Sood 04/05/2010
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
Now this really is getting highly surreal and amusing at the same time. On the one hand, Labour Party people, such as John Prescott are complaining about a breach of confidentiality by the National Bullying Helpline, and then others, such as Gordon brown's PPS are demanding the helpline prove its statements, thus breaching confidentiality further.
Dizzy Thinks 22/02/2010
summarising the Gordon Brown bullying debacle
The junk food of political journalism...all reshuffle stories are crap.
Alastair Campbell 1998
Labour's constitutional blueprint is nothing less than a plan for the destruction of UK democracy.
John Redwood 1999
I have more government than I want, more government than I need, more government than I can afford.
John Redwood 06/2003
Category: What is Government
The most vital issue in British politics today is whether we really exist to serve the state or whether the state exists to serve us.
Brian Walden 1978
Category: State, The
I was sacked for running in like an ill-trained spaniel.
After being sacked as leader of the Lords by William Hague.
My department is not too big for one man, because I'm Superman.
Category: Art of Government
Coalition will come sooner or later, I'm certain of that.
You may call it coalition, you may call it the accidental and fortuitous concurrence of atoms.
Lord Palmerston 05/03/1857
There is a popular belief among Prime Ministers that regular bursts of activity make it look as if something positive is happening.
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
The ideal Government minister may well be someone who has no itch to run other people's lives.
I don't want soiled bedclothes.
Hugh Dalton 1951
On ebeing offered the Foreign Office when Bevin retired.
I think the Priem Minister has to be a butcher and know the joints.
R A Butler 1966
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.
The distinction of being without an honour is becoming a rare and valuable one and should not become extinct.
Robert Peel 1841
Category: Honours System