‘The enemy is behind you’

It was from the Commons backbenches that Winston Churchill spoke up about the German threat in the Thirties. He warned the country that Hitler was not a man to be bought off by the policies of appeasement

Perhaps politics is summarised by an incident from real life when a protege of Winston Churchill’s sat on the front bench for the first time. He looked across the house and said ‘So, that’s the enemy’ Churchill corrected him. ‘ No. That’s the opposition my boy. The enemy is behind you’

The best way to succeed in politics is to find a crowd that’s going somewhere and get in front of them.

A Conservative is someone who believes that nothing should be done for the first time.

Thomas Fuller

A Conservative admires radicals a century after they are dead.

Leo Rosten, as quoted in Ralph Louis Woods,?The Modern Handbook of Humor?(1967).

  • The Conservative Party stands for innovation, progress and new ideas; but not yet.
  • There are some people who laugh at claims by hair restorers, yet believe election promises.
  • Under communism, it’s ‘dog eat dog’. Under capitalism, it is the reverse.
  • Looking at two candidates makes you grateful that only one can be elected.
  • Why spend money tracing your family tree? Go into politics and have your opponents do it for you.
  • A fool and his money are soon elected.
  • GOVT is a four-letter word.
  • The Prime Minister was asked if he had heard the latest political jokes. ‘ Heard them?’ he said. ‘ I work with them.’
  • If the government is getting up your nose, then picket.
  • When the politicians run it’s the taxpayers who sweat
  • The explanation for any political stuff-up will be made by the deputy, or a stand-in inversely proportional down the ladder to the seriousness of the disaster.


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