Judge Learned Hand (1872-1961), Judge, U. S. Court of Appeals

“Anyone may arrange his affairs so that his taxes shall be as low as possible; he is not bound to choose that pattern which best pays the treasury. There is not even a patriotic duty to increase one’s taxes..Over and over again the Courts have said that there is nothing sinister in so arranging affairs as to keep taxes as low as possible. Everyone does it, rich and poor alike and all do right, for nobody owes any public duty to pay more than the law demands.”

Rt Hon Enoch Powell MP, 1976

“Those, therefore, in parliament who vote for the institution of direct elections from the United Kingdom to the Assembly of the Community will be voting to confirm that extinction of the United Kingdom as a nation, and to re-affirm that determination to make it a province of a European state which was implicit in the act of British membership itself. The battle for and against the survival of the British nation will be fought again upon that battlefield… this time it must be won.”

Rt Hon Sir Winston Churchill, 1951

“We have our own dream and our own task. We are with Europe, but not of it. We are linked but not combined. We are interested and associated but not absorbed.”

George Orwell, in Animal Farm

No one believes more firmly than Comrade Napoleon that all animals are equal. He would be only too happy to let you make your decisions for yourselves. But sometimes you might make the wrong decisions, comrades, and then where should we be?

Aesop, Greek slave & fable author

“We hang petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.”

Plato, ancient Greek Philosopher

“Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.”

Nikita Khrushchev, Russian Soviet politician

Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.

Adlai Stevenson, campaign speech, 1952.

“I offered my opponents a deal: If they stop telling lies about me, I will stop telling the truth about them”

Texas Guinan. 19th century American businessman

“A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country.”

Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States

“The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy.”

“Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men’s views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the US, in the field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.”

President Theodore Roosevelt, 1906

“Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing NO allegiance and acknowledging NO responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to befoul this unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of today.”

Edmund Burke PC (1729 –1797) Irish statesman, author, orator, political theorist and philosopher

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing”

Rt Hon Harry Perkins MP 1989. (Fictional Labour Prime Minister in1988 Channel 4 Drama: “A Very British Coup”)

“You the people must decide whether you prefer to be ruled by an elected government or by people you have never heard of, people you’ve never voted for, people who remain quietly behind the scenes”

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