"The number one priority now is reducing the deficit that they [Labour] left us - the biggest deficit since the Second World War."
Ian Duncan Smith 08/01/2013
I perceive a fear that the institutions that underpin our country and the global system are either threatened, rotten or inadequate to face down the challenges of the future.
Diana Carney, wife of Mark Carney, new Bank of England Governor 27/11/2012
When my staff saw my draft of this speech they said; we can see the grey skies where are the sunny uplands? I am sorry, I can only tell it as I see it.
Vince Cable 19/09/2011
The business secretary is gloomy in his speech to the 2011 Lib Dem conference
Category: Industry & Business
It ain't just what you do, it's the way that you do it. This Bill puts the right conditions in place to allow British business to flourish.
David Gauke 05/07/2011
David Gauke MP, quoting Bananarama, on the passage of the Finance Bill (No. 3)
He asked, 'Do you ever come down to London? If you ever come down you must come to No10 and meet me and Sarah...' Well I just looked at him. I didn't like to say it, but all I could think was, 'I don't think you'll be there.'
Gillian Duffy 02/05/2010
It is government policy to phase out subsidies to nationalised industries. In line with this, the government hopes that the coal industry will be able to operate without the need for assistance apart from social grants.
Tony Benn 1974
The Conservative Party is a tax cutting party or it is nothing.
John Redwood 1995
Said during the 1995 Conservative leadership election.
Conservatism must be based on allowing everyone to become an owner - equity for everyman.
John Redwood 1986
We cannot hope to achieve full employment and sustain it until we have mastered inflation.
Denis Healey 20/10/1976
Balancing your budget is like protecting your virtue. You have to learn when to say no.
Ronald Reagan 01/1980
Competition is the most promising means to achieve and secure prosperity. It alone enables people in their role of consumer to gain from economic progress. It ensures that all advantages which result from higher productivity may eventually be enjoyed.
It is a socialist idea that making profits is a vice. I consider the real vice is making losses.
It's a recession when your neighbour loses his job. It's a depression when you lose your own.
I appeal to the House to resist the temptation of laying up for themselves threasure in heaven by the inexpensive method of confiscating other people's treasure on earth.
Can there be a more lamentable picture than that of a Chancellor of the Exchequer seated on an empty chest by a pool of bottomless deficiency fishing for a budget?
Robert Peel 1841
On the 1841 budget
Stop-Go seemed more sensiblr than using the brake and accelerator at the same time - a practice that later became fashionable.
Category: Wise words
The surtax payers, having been soaked, have found a way to get out of the rain.
James Callaghan 18/07/1947
Unemployment is bigger than a political party. It is a national danger and a national scandal.
There has always been, and there always will be, an economic cycle.
Nigel Lawson 31/10/1989
Category: Wise words