194 Quotes filtered by politics
A little nonsense now and then is not a bad thing - where would we politicians be if we were not allowed to talk it sometimes.
Enoch Powell 1965
Category: Politicians (as a species)
When I'm out of politics I'm going to run a business, it'll be called 'rent-a-spine'.
Ronald Miller: (giving her encouragement before her first speech to a Conservative Party Conference as Party Leader) Piece of Cake, Margaret
Margaret Thatcher: Good heavens! Not now!
Margaret Thatcher 10/1975
I didn't actually find many facts, but I had a good time.
Tony Banks 2000
Former English sports minister Tony Banks on a recent fact-finding mission to Japan.
I think that he got the message that separating a Scottish woman from her money is very difficult.
Stirling Labour MP Anne McGuire, who foiled a would be bag snatcher in Lisbon.
Category: Scottish Politics
I especially love driving down a hill directly at a tree and swerving to one side at the last moment. That's my way to relax.
I don't get a fair whack, I don't pursue vendettas or punch people on the nose.
John Prescott 1994
One aspect of politics too little acknowledged is that besides being jolly serious and all that, it is also a hugely enjoyable game for boys.
Category: Politics is...
Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the National Debt.
Sir Malcolm Rifkind
Misquoting Herbert Hoover
It makes life very simple actually. You could be giving a TV interview in howling gale and it no longer matters.
On his baldness
I am not going to go round trying to make people say 'Wow!'... I'm not going to play Hollywood lookalikes.
Iain Duncan Smith
Choice is the essence of ethics. If there were no choice there would be no ethics, no good, no evil. Good and evil only have meaning in so far as man is free to choose.
Margaret Thatcher 1977
Object to merit and distinction, and you're setting your face against quality, independence, originality, genius against all the richness and variety of life. When you hold back the successful, you penalize those who need help.
There's more likelihood of Ian Paisley being the next pope, than of me agreeing to a fix or a stitch-up.
Rhodri Morgan 1998
Category: Welsh Politics
I never put the phone down without getting a little high. I have never been a junkie so it is wrong to pinch their language. It's not main-lining, just taking little snorts. It's the interplay between power and vanity.
The desire to win is born in most of us. The will to win is a matter of training. The manner of winning is a matter of honour.
Denis Thatcher 1993
Several things, she's got a good pair of legs.
In answer to a question on what attracted him to Margaret Thatcher
To those waiting with baited breath for that favourite media catchphrase, the U Turn, I have only one thing to say. You turn if you want to. The Lady's not for turning.
Margaret Thatcher 10/10/1980
I suppose I was about 20, and a crowd of us had been to a village hop and came back to make midnight cups of coffee. I was in the kitchen helping to dish up and having a fierce argument with one of the boys in the crowd when someone else interrupted to say: 'Of course Margaret, you will go into politics won't you?' I stopped dead. Suddenly it was crystalised for me. I knew.
Margaret Thatcher 1961
When hecklers stand up, I get a mental jump for joy. It gives me something to get my teeth into - and the audiences love it.
Margaret Thatcher 1951