There are those who never stretch out the hand for fear it will be bitten. But those who never stretch out the hand will never feel it clasped in friendship.
I am humble enough to recognize that I have made mistakes, but politically astute enough to know that I have forgotten what they are.
I always knew that Neil Kinnock belonged in the economic nursery. Now, God help us we've got twins.
I can foresee no circumstance in which I would allow my name to be put forward for the leadership of the Conservative Party.
Politics is a life sentence. It's an obsessive, all-demanding, utterly fascinating, totally committing profession - stimulating, satisfying, stretching.
Mrs Thatcher was not lightly bullied.
It is the only time that I can ever remember the Prime Minister reading out the conclusions of a meeting that did not take place. They were already written before it started.
You can't wield a handbag from an empty chair.
If the basis of trust between the Prime Minister and her Defence Secretary no longer exists, there is no place for me with honour in such a Cabinet.
Yes, I do talk to my trees. I did say to one 'You'd better smarten yourself up or you'll be gone' and the next year, well, you've never seen such a mass of flowers.
They say a man should be judged by his enemies. I am very proud of mine.
One has to live with the ignominy of a garish sticker slapped over one's face, proclaiming '?
In the end leaders are leaders. They get the credit and they get the blame.
The market has no morality
The two super-powers cannot divide the world into their oyster.
I keep telling my Tory colleagues: don't have any policies. A manifesto that has policies alienates people. In 1979 the manifesto said nothing which was brilliant.
You can imagine the sign outside Tory central office. Shop closed - out to lunch.
The British public sees with blinding clarity.
The fundamental question is is the Conservative Party leadable
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