Quintuplet of Quotes

“The debts we were left threatened every job and public service in the country. But we have put the national…

“The debts we were left threatened every job and public service in the country. But we have put the national interest first. We made the tough choices. We protected health and schools and investment in growth.”

George Osborne during the Spending Review

“The most disastrous event would be if I failed to do my job. It would be disastrous if I didn’t see to it that the pension funds of today and tomorrow were properly financed.”

Nicolas Sarkozy on French pension strikes

“For some members opposite this is their ideological objective, not all, not all of them, but for many of them, this is what they came in politics for.”

Alan Johnson in response to Spending Review

“For the government, political prisoners are a bargaining chip with the civilised world. We are slaves that they can sell when they want.”

Cuban dissident Guillermo Farinas who was recently awarded the Sakharov Prize

“To those waiting with bated breath for that famous media catchphrase the U-turn, I have only one thing to say, you turn if you want to, the lady’s not for turning.”

Margaret Thatcher, 1981

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