Politicians

  • A politician is an animal that can sit on the fence and yet keep both ears to the ground.


    Ambivalence, Politicians

  • It is a mark of rage of protests that progressive politicians must purport to be perpetual outsiders, always at the barricades, even when they hold power.


    Ambivalence, Politicians, Protest

  • Politicians are inured to cynicism.They are positively cynical about cynicism.


    Cynicism, Politicians

  • The Prime Minister has always made a virtue of being a backroom personality in a front-line job. On Theresa May


    Personality, Politicians

  • The trouble with Margaret Thatcher is that when she speaks without thinking, she says what she thinks.


    Honesty, Politicians, Spontaneity

  • There is nothing so ex than an ex-MP. One minute you are demi-stars, the next you are buried, you are nobody.


    Politicians

  • When I came to the Treasury they predicted to me that I would become the most unpopular man in Britain. This was the only correct forecast that the Treasury made in the several years that I was Chancellor.


    Politicians, Politics

  • Why did I not become a politician? Because I could not stand the strain of having to be right all the time.


    Politicians

  • Being an MP feeds your vanity and starves your self-respect.


    Politicians

  • The duty of the Opposition is very simple to oppose everything and propose nothing.


    Politicians, Politics

  • Damn it all you can’t have the crown of thorns and the thirty pieces of silver.
    [on his position in the Labour party]


    Politicians

  • There are three classes which need sanctuary more than others – birds, wild flowers and Prime Ministers.


    Politicians

  • A politician is a man who understands government and it takes a politician to run a government. A statesman is a politician who has been dead for 10 to 15 years.


    Politicians

  • If I knew then it might spoil the purity of my hatred.
    [on why he avoided meeting MPs]


    Politicians

  • He had the geniality of a politician who for years has gone out of his way to be cordial to everyone he meets.


    Politicians

  • A politician complaining about the press is as absurd as a sailor complaining about the sea.


    Politicians

  • He may be a horrible, racist, misogynist idiot, but he is our kind of idiot.


    Politicians

  • We’re politicians and we should not be detained too long by sorrow.


    Politicians

  • It is a peculiarity of our times that we want politicians to be more human and then, when they screw up, we demand that they be more professional.


    Politicians

  • Paddy Ashdown is the only party leader who is a trained killer. Although to be fair Margaret Thatcher is self-taught.


    Politicians

  • The best advice I ever received as a politician was; ‘If you find yourself really stuck, find a way of blaming the French ‘.


    Politicians