Politics Quotes

  • NO to EU
  • “We could not have parliamentary sovereignty with a European Parliament.” Hugh Gaitskell
  • NO to EU
  • “It does mean, if this is the idea, the end of Britain as an independent European state…it means the end of a thousand years of history.” Hugh Gaitskell
  • War as Control
  • “It is the mark of our whole modern history that the masses are kept quiet with a fight. They are kept quiet by the fight because it is a sham-fight; thus most of us know by this time that the Party System has been popular only in the sense that a football match is popular.” (GK Chesterton)
  • Realism not Utopianism
  • “There cannot be a nation of millionaires, and there never has been a nation of Utopian comrades; but there have been any number of nations of tolerably contented peasants.” (GK Chesterton)
  • Avoid Imbalance
  • “The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of the Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected.” (GK Chesterton)
  • Popular Opinion
  • “Public opinion is a compound of folly, weakness, prejudice, wrong feeling, right feeling, obstinacy,and newspaper paragraphs.” Sir Robert Peel
  • Economic Speculation
  • “Another great evil arising from this desire to be thought rich; or rather, from the desire not to be thought poor, is the destructive thing which has been honored by the name of ‘speculation’; but which ought to be called Gambling.” William Cobbet
  • Independence
  • “It is not the greatness of a man’s means that makes him independent, so much as the smallness of his wants.” William Cobbet
  • Statistics
  • “Statistics are the triumph of the quantitative method, and the quantitative method is the victory of sterility and death.” Hilaire Belloc
  • Propaganda
  • “Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.” Noam Chomski
  • Bolsheviks
  • One might as well legalise sodomy as recognise the Bolsheviks” Winston Churchill
  • Tyranny
  • “All tyranny needs to get a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” Edmund Burke
  • Mob Rule
  • “In a democracy, the majority of the citizens is capable of exercising the most cruel oppressions upon the minority.” Edmund Burke
  • Liberty
  • “But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint. ” Edmund Burke
  • Good Men Unite
  • “When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an un-pitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.” Edmund Burke
  • War Costs
  • “If we can find the money to kill people, we can find the money to help people.” Tony Benn
  • Real Progress
  • “We are not just here to manage capitalism but to change society and to define its finer values. Tony Benn
  • Labour Party
  • “I’ve been a member of the Labour Party sixty five years, and I remain in it, but I think it’s all about campaigning for justice and peace, and if you do that, you get a lot of support.” Tony Benn
  • Doublethink
  • “I try to operate on two unconnected levels. One on the practical level of action in which I am extremely cautious and conservative. The second is the realm of ideas where I try to be very free” Tony Benn
  • New Labour Their idea was that entrusting everything to market forces was the best way to get things done, which was fundamentally an anti-Labour idea. Clearly there were achievements during their time in office, good things were done and progress made in some ways … But it was a Conservative group running the party. Mrs Thatcher herself said her greatest achievement was New Labour.” Tony Benn
  • Liberty
  • “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Benjamin Franklin
  • Money
  • Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants.” Benjamin Franklin
  • Work
  • It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.” Benjamin Franklin
  • Poor People
  • “I’m for the poor man — all poor men, black and white, they all gotta have a chance. They gotta have a home, a job, and a decent education for their children. ‘Every man a king’ — that’s my slogan.” Huey Long
  • Demagoguery?
  • “A man is not a dictator when he is given a commission from the people and carries it out.” Huey Long
  • Share out the Wealth
  • “We do not propose to say that there shall be no rich men. We do not ask to divide the wealth. We only propose that, when one man gets more than he and his children and children’s children can spend or use in their lifetimes, that then we shall say that such person has his share. That means that a few million dollars is the limit to what any one man can own.” Huey Long
  • Blue Red Ping Pong
  • “They’ve got a set of Republican waiters on one side and a set of Democratic waiters on the other side, but no matter which set of waiters brings you the dish, the legislative grub is all prepared in the same Wall Street kitchen.” Huey Long
  • Defend Liberty
  • It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.” George Washington
  • National Defence
  • To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.” George Washington
  • Government
  • Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” George Washington
  • Peace
  • Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.” George Washington
  • Slippery Highly Electable NPD’s
  • Fine words and an insinuating appearance are seldom associated with true virtue.” Confucius
  • Tyrannical Government
  • “An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger.” Confucius
  • Globalism & Intolerance
  • “At the heart of globalisation is a new kind of intolerance in the West towards other cultures, traditions and values, less brutal than in the era of colonialism, but more comprehensive and totalitarian.” Martin Jacques
  • The Lib Dems
  • “The Lib Dems are not just empty. They are a void within a vacuum surrounded by a vast inanition.” Boris Johnson
  • George Bush Junior
  • “The President (George Bush Junior) is a cross eyed Texan warmonger, unelected, inarticulate, who epitomises the arrogance of American foreign policy.” Boris Johnson
  • The Correct Emotions About the EU
  • “I can hardly condemn UKIP as a bunch of boss-eyed, foam flecked euro hysterics, when I have been sometimes not far short of boss eyed, foam flecked hysteria myself.” Boris Johnson
  • Evils of Factionalism
  • “When I saw a learned man severely reproach a good, virtuous man who did not share his political views and then praise a corrupt member of his political faction, I became dismayed by the evils of politics and completely withdrew, saying: “I take refuge in God from Satan and politics.” Bediuzzaman Said Nursi
  • Elitism in Politics
  • “The pole of Western politics is greased with lard.” Timothy Winters
  • Common Market vs EU
  • “People feel that the EU is heading in a direction that they never signed up to. They resent the interference in our national life by what they see as unnecessary rules and regulation. And they wonder what the point of it all is. Put simply, many ask ‘why can’t we just have what we voted to join – a common market?” David Cameron
  • UKIP from farcical to Disturbing
  • To me there are two kinds of UKIP – the Godfrey Bloom guy who’s like a cross between Sid James and Bernard Manning, and then there’s a much more sinister element, like the MEP who said every Muslim has got to sign a declaration of non-violence, which to me is literally akin to the Nazis saying Jews should wear a yellow star.” Robert Halfon (a Tory MP of Jewish Heritage)
  • Death for Murder
  • “I personally have always voted for the death penalty because I believe that people who go out prepared to take the lives of other people forfeit their own right to live. I believe that that death penalty should be used only very rarely, but I believe that no-one should go out certain that no matter how cruel, how vicious, how hideous their murder, they themselves will not suffer the death penalty.” Baroness Thatcher
  • Degraded Conservatism
  • “The Conservative Party, its principles, its people, have been let down in recent years by the failure of some to represent faithfully the best in Conservatism…Some Tories have tried to make political capital by demonising minorities instead of showing confidence in all the citizens of our country”A rare burst of wisdom from Theresa May, Tory MP
  • A Modern Danger
  • “We have not overthrown the divine right of kings to fall down for the divine right of experts.” Harold Macmillan
  • Balance
  • “I am a Conservative to preserve all that is good in our constitution, a Radical to remove all that is bad. I seek to preserve property and to respect order, and I equally decry the appeal to the passions of the many or the prejudices of the few.” Benjamin Disraeli
  • Localisation
  • “Instead of centralisation and bureaucracy, we need power (and funds) being given to local democratic bodies. Similar to the system in Switzerland, Britain needs to become more accustomed to the ideas of technocracy and direct democracy; real power in the hands of ordinary citizens.”…James Gibson
  • Collective Strengths
  • “The strength of the collective model is testified by the continued success of the John Lewis Partnership and Co-operative Group as two of the leading retail brands here in the UK. While Mondragon, a worker co-op in Spain, might have suffered some hits recently, it has been one of the Basque region’s leading companies for decades. James Gibson
  • Collective vs. Exploitative
  • Surely it is obvious that we should be promoting the ethical and collective model of industry over the top-down and exploitative model? Unlike most businesses, co-ops aren’t governed by the actions of stock brokers, and aren’t forced to suppress employee wages for the benefit of shareholders. In fact, the co-operative model is the only one in which sustainability can be more important than pure profit.” James Gibson
  • Economic Partnership
  • If I have a share and interest in the productions of some company or firm, I am undoubtedly, in some degree, a partner.” S.G. Hobson
  • Guilds
  • “…it is certain that we want good citizens and good craftsmen combined. May it not be here that we can learn a lesson from the medieval Guilds? They trained apprentices in a way they were never trained before or since. And so, by parity of reasoning, may we not affirm that the technical and scientific training might and ought to be transferred to National Guilds, whilst the humane and civic education remain a function of the state?”“It is curious that the political leaders, who enthusiastically favour and court democracy in politics, reject the idea of democracy in industry.” S.G. Hobson
  • Weaknesses of Democracy
  • “the best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter“ Winston Churchill
  • Materialism
  • “Various forces have attempted to set up a defense against the disorder of our age. This is a useless effort, unless the disease is dealt with at its very roots. These roots are to be found in the subversion introduced in Europe by the revolutions of 1789 and 1848. The subversion has long since taken root, so much so as to appear obvious and natural in the majority of existing institutions.”“Modern capitalism is just as subversive as Marxism. The materialistic view of life on which both systems are based is identical…” Julius Evola
  • Freedom
  • “That a good man be ‘free’, be permitted to unfold himself in works of goodness and nobleness, is surely a blessing to him, immense and indispensable; – to him and to those about him. But that a bad man be ‘free’, – permitted to unfold himself in his particular way, is the fatallest curse you could inflict on him; curse and nothing else, to him and all his neighbors.” Thomas Carlyle
  • Constitutions
  • “What is a constitution? Is it not the solution to the following problem: to find the laws that are fitting for a particular nation, given its population, its customs, its religion, its geographical situation, its political relations, its wealth, and its good and bad qualities?” Joseph de Maistre
  • The Weakening of Universities
  • Under the Blue Baroness, the polytechnics did not become universities, the universities became polytechnics. Timothy Winters
  • Family, Place, Work, Wages, Debt
  • Under Brown and Blair the (Labour) party became technocratic and remote.  We became progressive, in the way that a doctor would use the word, with the inevitable atrophy of the institutions of Labour.  What people care about is family, place, work, wages and debt – we were not talking about any of those things.  Maurice Glasman
  • Monetary Illiteracy
  • “In our time, the curse is monetary illiteracy, just as inability to read plain print was the curse of earlier centuries.”  Ezra Pound
  • War & Debt
  • “Wars are made to make debt.”  Ezra Pound
  • Newspaper Slanging
  • “If you attempt an actual argument with a modern paper of opposite politics, you will have no answer except slanging or silence.”  GK Chesterton
  • Taxes & Fines
  • “A citizen can hardly distinguish between a tax and a fine, except that the fine is generally much lighter.” GK Chesterton

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