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“It’s the only top job that requires no previous experience. No training, no qualifications and limited intelligence.” – Sir Humphrey on why anyone would want to be prime minister, in series 6, episode 1 of Yes, Prime Minister.

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“Anyone who campaigns for proportional representation but rules out a coalition in any circumstances is suffering from a serious logic deficit.” - Lord Holme, Liberal Democrat campaign manager 1997, as quoted in V. Bogdanor’s The Coalition and the Constitution

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“An unpredictable House is a more effective House. It’s a good thing if perhaps the Government cannot always tell what is going to happen next.” - UK House of Commons Speaker John Bercow, in an interview for The House magazine.

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I personally think that when politicians think that their success hinges on attaching a particular adjective to their rivals then they are in serious trouble. - Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Liberal Democratic Party.

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“The only position that leaves me with no cognitive dissonance is atheism. It is not a creed. Death is certain, replacing both the siren-song of Paradise and the dread of Hell. Life on this earth, with all its mystery and beauty and pain, is then to be lived far more intensely: we stumble and get up, we are sad, confident, insecure, feel loneliness and joy and love. There is nothing more; but I want nothing more.” – Christopher Hitchens (13 April 1949 – 15 December 2011), The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Non-Believer, 2007

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In 21 years of invading people’s privacy I’ve never actually come across anyone who’s been doing any good. Privacy is the space bad people need to do bad things in. Privacy is evil; it brings out the worst qualities in people. Privacy is for paedos; fundamentally nobody else needs it. - Paul McMullan, former News of the World journalist, testifying at the Levenson Inquiry into media ethics, 29 November 2011

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I don’t find it a place for a very healthy, open, constructive debate to start with. Most of my issues are around the quality of debate and the research and the fact that you can pretty well get up in the house of assembly and say whatever it is you like. You don’t have to be concerned with truth. - Kathy Dunderdale, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, to justify her decision to keep the the provincial legislature closed until spring of 2012 following the October 2011 general election.

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The present system has clearly broken down. The results produced are not fair to any party, nor to any section of the community. In many cases they do not secure majority representation, nor do they secure an intelligent representation of minorities. All they secure is fluke representation, freak representation, capricious representation. - Winston Churchill on First-Past-the-Post (FPTP)

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You can sign every human rights declaration in the world but if you stand by and watch people being slaughtered in their own country, when you could act then what are those signatures really worth? - Rt. Hon. David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, address to the UN General Assembly, 22 September 2011

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Last year I walked through the door of No 10. But we all walked through a kind of door together. To being, once again, a party of national government. So we must move now beyond the reflexes of opposition to the responsibilities of government, and the opportunities of government, too. - Leader of the Liberal Democrats and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, speech to Liberal Democrat Conference, 21 September 2011

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