I gave a figure, off the top of my head, of a billion to a billion-and-a-half. I stand by that figure.

Philip Hammond

on justifying his claim that Conservative plans would save £1.5bn despite the fact that the institute for Fiscal Studies estimate was half of that

Category: Conservative Party, Mistakes

Tags: Conservative Party, Humour, Mistakes, Philip Hammond, Political Parties

Perhaps election fever is developing into something more like sleeping sickness, as the utter boredom of a contest in which almost all the attention seems to be on personalities and polls wears us all down. I just wish they would get on with it.

Norman Tebbit 03/2010

on the upcoming election

Category: Election Campaigning

Tags: Election Campaigning, Elections, Norman Tebbit

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

Category: Making Headlines, Number 10

Tags: Dizzy Thinks, Government, Making Headlines, Media, Number 10

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?

Stephen Tall

On the resignation of James Purnell

Category: Reshuffles, Resignations

Tags: Government, Reshuffles, Resignations, Stephen Tall

It was a relief to see that Gerry's search for Jesus didn't result in a meeting of minds after all. Indeed it was all strangely detached, even a little wistful. Thankfully we were spared a wander round the Holy Land looking for Jesus the revolutionary, some parallels about blood sacrifice, a Christian justification for the IRA campaign.

Slugger O'Toole 20/02/2010

On Gerry Adams's performance on Channel 4 show 'The Bible: A History'

Category: Television, IRA Terrorism, Nationalism

Tags: Ideologies, IRA Terrorism, Media, Miscellaneous, Nationalism, Slugger O'Toole, Television

He 'broke' the vacuum cleaner the first time he was asked to use it - a well-worn male tactic

Fiona Millar 02/03/2010

Alastair Campbell's partner Fiona Millar exposes the former No 10 comms chief as being useless at housework

Category: Men & Chauvenism

Tags: Fiona Millar, Men & Chauvenism, Miscellaneous

This is not the first social media campaign that has resulted in a big fail for the people doing it. You would expect some learning to be happening.

Rik Ferguson 23/03/2010

Category: Election Campaigning

Tags: Election Campaigning, Elections, Rik Ferguson

At a time when public finances are under huge strain, we surely do not need to pay celebrities to wax lyrical to mandarins. Unless American comedians can make the Home Office fit for purpose, the taxpayer won't be laughing.

Chris Huhne 22/03/2010

Category: Public Relations

Tags: Chris Huhne, Media, Public Relations

John Major. He dresses so well. And so quickly.

Gyles Brandreth

Category: Appearance

Tags: Appearance, Gyles Brandreth, Politics

Politics is the art of acquiring, holding, and wielding power.

Indira Gandhi

Category: Politics is...

Tags: Indira Gandhi, Politics, Politics is...

At the House of Commons sword-fighting is strictly taboo. Back-stabbing, on the other hand, is quite a different matter.

Gyles Brandreth

Category: House of Commons

Tags: Gyles Brandreth, House of Commons, Parliament

In the Members' Dining Room, the Conservatives eat at one end, the Labour Party at the other, while the Liberals wait at table.

Gyles Brandreth

Category: Insulting Liberals, House of Commons

Tags: Gyles Brandreth, House of Commons, Insulting Liberals, Insults, Parliament

The dreadful truth is that when people come to see their MP they have run out of better ideas.

Boris Johnson 2003

Category: Member of Parliament (role of)

Tags: Boris Johnson, Member of Parliament (role of), Parliament

I really think that the Liberal Party is dead and that one will simply have to think of men and policies after the war - not of parties.

Lord Aberdeen

Letter to his wife during World War I

Category: Liberal Democrats, Liberal Party, World War I

Tags: Liberal Democrats, Liberal Party, Lord Aberdeen, Political Parties, World Politics, World War I

Liberty, next to religion, has been the motive of good deads and the common pretext of crime.

Lord Acton 26/02/1877

Category: Freedom & Liberty

Tags: Freedom & Liberty, Ideologies, Lord Acton

Not a gentleman; dresses too well.

Bertrand Russell

On Anthony Eden

Category: Conservative Politicians (quotes about)

Tags: Bertrand Russell, Quotes About...

They are nothing else but a load kippers - two-faced, with no guts.

Eric Heffer

On the Conservative Government.

Category: Insulting Conservatives

Tags: Eric Heffer, Insulting Conservatives, Insults

It would be wrong to suggest that Neil Hamilton is his own worst enemy, when there are so many others better qualified for the post.

Craig Brown

Category: Insulting Conservatives

Tags: Craig Brown, Insulting Conservatives, Insults

A semi-housetrained polecat.

Michael Foot

On Norman Tebbit

Category: Conservative Politicians (quotes about)

Tags: Michael Foot, Quotes About...

We had lost the art of communication - but not, alas, the gift of speech.

Gordon Brown 1997

On Labour's 1983 election campaign.

Category: Speechmaking

Tags: Gordon Brown, Politics, Speechmaking

Random Speech

Will this thing jerk me off?

Margaret Thatcher

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