Being prime minister is a lonely job… you cannot lead from the crowd.
It pays to know the enemy – not least because at some time you may have the opportunity to turn him into a friend.
No woman in my time will be prime minister or chancellor or foreign secretary – not the top jobs. Anyway, I wouldn’t want to be prime minister; you have to give yourself 100 percent.
Power is like being a lady… if you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.
To cure the British disease with socialism was like trying to cure leukaemia with leeches.
Ought we not to ask the media to agree among themselves a voluntary code of conduct, under which they would not say or show anything which could assist the terrorists’ morale or their cause while the hijack lasted.
It’s a funny old world.
I love argument, I love debate. I don’t expect anyone just to sit there and agree with me, that’s not their job.
To me, consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies. So it is something in which no one believes and to which no one objects.
If… many influential people have failed to understand, or have just forgotten, what we were up against in the Cold War and how we overcame it, they are not going to be capable of securing, let alone enlarging, the gains that liberty has made.