• To me consensus seems to be - the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies in search of something in which no-one believes, but to which no-one objects - the process of avoiding the very issues that have to be solved, merely because you cannot get agreement on the way ahead. What great cause would have been fought and won under the banner "I stand for consensus"?

    Margaret Thatcher's speech at 1981 Sir Robert Menzies lecture at Blackwood Hall of Monash University in Melbourne, October 6, 1981.
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