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Political Quotations

Politics: British Modern and Historic

  1. Who once said: "I have as much chance of becoming Prime Minister as of being decapitated by a frisbee or of finding Elvis"?
  2. What country did Winston Churchill describe as "a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma"?
  3. "Strong and stable" was a phrase often used by which Prime Minister?
  4. Who was suspended from Parliament for the day for calling the then Prime Minister, "Dodgy Dave"?

  5. Which British Prime Minister told a rally: "We have never had it so good"?
  6. In which year did Sir Edward Grey make the famouse quote: "The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime"?
  7. Who said: "I'm ready to hit the ground from day one"?
  8. "The House of Lords is the British Outer Mongolia for retired politicians" is a famous quotation by which politician?
  9. Who said: "The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money"?
  10. Who said at the 1981 Conservative Party Conference: "I grew up in the Thirties with our unemployed father. He did not riot, he got on his bike and looked for work"?
  11. Which Labour politican was caught on a microphone saying: "That was a disaster... should never have put me with that woman. She was just a sort of bigoted woman who said she used to be Labour"?
  12. Which 19th century Prime Minister is attributed the quotation: "Publish and be damned!"?
  13. Complete the Benjamin Disraeli quotation: "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and ...."?
  14. Which politician said: "My wife is Mexican and my constituency is very, very multicultural"?
  15. Who is known for the quote: "I'm an optimist, but an optimist who carries a raincoat"?
  16. Whose resignation speech includes the lines: "It is rather like sending your opening batsmen to the crease only for them to find, the moment the first balls are bowled, that their bats have been broken before the game by the team captain"?


  1. Boris Johnson
  2. Russia
  3. Theresa May
  4. Dennis Skinner
  5. Harold Macmillan
  6. 1914 (before facing the Cabinet to try to persuade them to declare war on Germany)
  7. Liz Truss
  8. Tonny Benn
  9. Margaret Thatcher
  10. Norman Tebbit
  11. Gordon Brown
  12. Duke of Wellington
  13. Statistics
  14. Jeremy Corbyn
  15. Harold Wilson
  16. Geoffrey Howe