Monday, May 16, 2005

DD quotes

'I was drawn into politics by Churchill's dream of a Britain in which "there is a limit beneath which no man may fall, but no limit to which any man might rise".

'The thing I feel most shame about in Britain today is that people have less social mobility than I had, not more.'

'I thought of myself as left wing until I really thought about it.'

'Conservatives have the advantage over their opponents that the values they instinctively hold are those that the modern world requires. We should unashamedly proclaim them.'

'At exactly the time when the Blairite model is failing, it would be extraordinary for the Tory party to try to imitate it.'

'We must be true to Conservative principles of choice, individual responsibility and freedom.'

'We must explain why only a low-tax, de-regulated economy can pay for decent services, lift people out of poverty, and widen opportunity.'

'Only a low-tax economy will generate the wealth required to pay for secure pensions and better healthcare. Only radical reform of public services, empowering the parent and patient, can give the nation the quality of schools and hospitals it expects. Only a zero-tolerance approach to yobbery, crime and disorder will make our neighbourhoods safe.'

'Only an unshakable commitment to the rule of law buttressed by traditional institutions - jury trials, habeas corpus, presumption of innocence - can make the citizen both free and secure.'

'Margaret Thatcher became party leader at a time when the post-war consensus for higher taxation and higher spending had brought Britain to its knees. She showed tremendous courage and leadership in taking on and defeating that consensus. She applied the Conservative principles of choice, individual responsibility and freedom to the problems of her time, just as today's Conservatives should do now.' (2001)

'On health, we need to personalise the health service - to build it around the needs of patients. Patients should have more choice within an NHS that is free at the point of use.' (2001)

'Replacing the pound with the euro would mean giving up control of our interest rates, which largely determine mortgage rates. This would damage Britain because our economy tends to be out of line with the Continent.' (2001)

'Once we give up the veto we will see the development of a whole body of European law which will put inexorable pressure on us to give up any opt-out clauses. They chip away piece by piece at our national sovereignty until what we have left is meaningless.' (2004)

“I’m a meat and potatoes man. I don’t like all that poncey muck” (The Daily Telegraph June 2oo1).


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