Quotes

210 Quotes filtered by Policy

I personally could never have signed this Treaty.

Margaret Thatcher 12/07/1993

Category: Europe - Maastricht Treaty

Tags: Europe - Maastricht Treaty, Margaret Thatcher, Policy

I pay tribute to John Major's achievement in persuading the other 11 Community heads of government that they could move ahead to the social chapter but not within the Treaty and without Britain's participation. It sets a vital precedent, for an enlarged Community can only function if we build in flexibility of that kind. John Major deserves high praise for ensuring at Maastricht that we would not have either a single currency or the absurd provisions of the social chapter forced upon us: our industry, workforce and national prosperity will benefit as a result.

Margaret Thatcher 15/05/1992

Category: Europe - Maastricht Treaty

Tags: Europe - Maastricht Treaty, Margaret Thatcher, Policy

A democratic Europe of nation states could be a force for liberty, enterprise and open trade. But, if creating a United States of Europe overrides these goals, the new Europe will be one of subsidy and protection

Margaret Thatcher 08/03/1991

Speech to the American Conservatives Institute

Category: European Federalism

Tags: European Federalism, Margaret Thatcher, Policy

My first guiding principle is this: willing and active co-operation between independent sovereign states. Europe will be stronger precisely because it has France as France, Spain as Spain, Britain as Britain, each with its own customs, traditions and identity. It would be folly to try to fit them into some sort of identikit European personality.

Margaret Thatcher 09/1988

Speech tot he College of Europe in Bruges

Category: European Integration

Tags: European Integration, Margaret Thatcher, Policy

I can cope with nine of them, so they ought to be able to stand one of me. They could end the tiresomeness and stubbornness by giving me what I want.

Margaret Thatcher 10/04/1984

On her 9 European colleagues

Category: Europe & Britain

Tags: Europe & Britain, Margaret Thatcher, Policy

The United States is contributing massively to the defence of Europe and we should be very grateful.

Margaret Thatcher 27/10/1983

Category: Europe & America, Defence

Tags: America, Defence, Europe & America, Margaret Thatcher, Policy

I have the money and they won't get their hands on it.

Margaret Thatcher 13/08/1979

To Sir Nicholas Henderson, on the EEC budget

Category: Europe & Britain

Tags: Europe & Britain, Margaret Thatcher, Policy

I think our support for the EEC has been very half-hearted. You really cannot join any group of nations and spend all your time criticizing it. The EEC is free Europe getting together. Had we had some vision like that after the First World War, we might never had the Second. My son does not have to go and fight as his father had to fight. Surely that is the most valuable thing of all, the reason for keeping Europe together.

Margaret Thatcher 15/04/1979

Category: Europe & Britain

Tags: Europe & Britain, Margaret Thatcher, Policy

The fact that seasoned politicians can say such ridiculous things - and get away with it - illustrates the degree to which the new dogma... has swept through the left-of-centre governing classes.

Margaret Thatcher 24/03/2002

Category: Environment

Tags: Environment, Margaret Thatcher, Policy

When you take into public ownership a profitable industry the profits soon disappear. The goose that laid the golden eggs goes broody. State geese are not great layers.

Margaret Thatcher 1976

Category: Nationalisation

Tags: Margaret Thatcher, Nationalisation, Policy

I can defend it clearly, explicitly at any time, in any place and to any person.

Margaret Thatcher 08/06/1991

Category: Community Charge/Poll Tax

Tags: Community Charge/Poll Tax, Margaret Thatcher, Policy

Fear is not the basis for foreign policy.

Margaret Thatcher

Category: Foreign Policy (British)

Tags: Foreign Policy (British), Margaret Thatcher, Policy

I do not understand the unilateralists. If they hated nuclear weapons as much as I do they would want them down in the world as a whole. I am the true disarmer, I keep peace and freedom and justice with it.

Margaret Thatcher 17/01/1983

Category: Nuclear Disarmament

Tags: Margaret Thatcher, Nuclear Disarmament, Policy

If in the 1930s nuclear weapons had been invented and the Allies had been faced by Nazi SS20s and Backfire Bombers, would it then have been morally right to have handed Hitler control of one of the most terrible weapons man has ever made? Would not that have been the one way to ensure that the thousand year Reich became exactly that? Would not unilateralism have given to Hitler the world domination he sought?

Margaret Thatcher 1983

Category: Nuclear Disarmament

Tags: Margaret Thatcher, Nuclear Disarmament, Policy

We are the true peace movement.

Margaret Thatcher 1983

Category: Peace

Tags: Margaret Thatcher, Peace, Policy

We are prepared to fight for peace.

Margaret Thatcher 1983

Category: Peace

Tags: Margaret Thatcher, Peace, Policy

Every Conservative desires peace. The threat to peace comes from Communism which has powerful forces ready to attack anywhere. Communism waits for weakness, it leaves strength alone. Britain must therefore be strong, strong in her arms, strong in her faith, strong in her own way of life.

Margaret Thatcher 1950

Dartford election leaflet, 1950

Category: Communism, Peace

Tags: Communism, Ideologies, Margaret Thatcher, Peace, Policy

Both the President and Mr Gorbachev have said that they want to see a world without nuclear weapons. I cannot see a world without nuclear weapons. Let me be practical about it. The knowledge is there to make them. So do not go too hard for that pie in the sky because, while everyone would like to see it, I do not believe it is going to come about.

Margaret Thatcher 28/03/1986

Category: Nuclear Disarmament

Tags: Margaret Thatcher, Nuclear Disarmament, Policy

A bully has no respect for a weakling and the way to stop a bully is not to be weak. The way to stop a bully from ever being a bully is to say: "I'm as strong as you. Anything you do to me, I can do to you." We are going for nuclear and conventional disarmament but we're going about it in the right way.

Margaret Thatcher 10/01/1982

Category: Defence, Nuclear Disarmament

Tags: Defence, Margaret Thatcher, Nuclear Disarmament, Policy

We are very fortunate to have someone else's weapons stationed on our soil, to fight those targeted on us.

Margaret Thatcher 16/02/1981

Category: Cold War, Defence

Tags: Cold War, Defence, Margaret Thatcher, Policy, World Politics

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