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26,004.  Wars make prime ministers popular.  (War & Prime Minister)  Tony Blair

 

 

30,336.  Robert Walpole ... In effect Britain’s first Prime Minister.  And under his leadership the British economy boomed as never before.  Walpole’s appeal was to shameless self-interest.  (Great Britain & England & Scotland & Prime Minister)  Simon Schama, A History of Britain: Britannia Incorporated

 

 

31,061.  Mr Speaker, members of the House, I shall be brief as I have rather unfortunately become prime minister right in the middle of my exams.  I look forward to fulfilling my duty in a manner which nanny would be proud.   (England & George IV & Politics & Prime Minister)  Curtis & Elton, Blackadder III: Dish & Dishonesty, Pitt the Younger

 

31,062.  Meet the new Member of Parliament for Dunny-on-the-Wold.  Precisely, sir.  Our slogan shall be a rotten candidate for a rotten borough.  Baldrick, I want you to go back to your kitchen sink, you see, and prepare for government.  (England & George IV & Politics & Prime Minister)  ibid.  Blackadder to Prince, with Baldrick

 

 

71,386.  He [Walpole] still remains the longest serving prime minister.  He created the office.  (England & Prime Minister & Monarchy)  Monarchy by David Starkey s3e4: Empire

 

 

85,706.  One fact about India is that you can take almost anything you hear about the country from the prime minister and turn it upside down and then you will have the truth about that thing.  Aravind Adiga, White Tiger p13

 

 

90,968.  No woman in my time will be Prime Minister or Chancellor or Foreign Secretary - not the top jobs.  Anyway I wouldn’t want to be Prime Minister.  You have to give yourself 100%.  (Thatcher & Prime Minister)  Margaret Thatcher, cited Sunday Telegraph 26th October 1969

 

 

85,707.  The prime minister should be intimidating – there’s not much point in being a weak floppy thing in the chair, is there?  (Thatcher & Prime Minister)  Margaret Thatcher

 

 

90,916.  In Britain?  There will be no female prime minister here, not in my lifetime, no.  (Thatcher & Prime Minister)  The Iron Lady 2011 starring Meryl Streep & Alexandra Roach & Jim Broadbent & Harry Lloyd & Anthony Head & Richard E Grant & Iain Glen & Olivia Colman & Nicholas Farrell & Susan Brown & Martin Wimbush et al, director Phyllida Lloyd

 

 

85,708.  The office of prime minister is what its holder chooses and is able to make of it.  Herbert Asquith

 

 

85,709.  The model of a modern Prime Minister would be a kind of grotesque composite freak – someone with the dedication to duty of a Peel, the physical energy of a Gladstone, the detachment of a Salisbury, the brains of an Asquith, the balls of a Lloyd George, the word-power of a Churchill, the administrative gifts of an Attlee, the style of a Macmillan, the managerialism of a Heath, and the sleep requirements of a Thatcher.  Human beings do not come like that.  Peter Hennessy, The Hidden Writing 1995

 

 

38,612.  Since 1735 a terraced house in Whitehall has been the residence of a remarkable succession of British prime ministers.(Government & Prime Minister)  Michael Cockerell, The Secret World of Whitehall 2/3: Behind The Black Door

 

38,613.  The Number 10 flat in the attic is far from grand.  (Government & Prime Minister)  ibid.

 

38,614.  By tradition that prime minister’s chair is the only one with arms.  (Government & Prime Minister)  ibid.

 

38,615.  There’s no written constitutional definition of the job of prime minister.  (Government & Prime Minister)  ibid.

 

38,616.  Heath soon ran into a range of economic and trade union problems.  (Government & Prime Minister)  ibid.

 

38,617.  Callaghan said he saw himself as Moses.  (Government & Prime Minister)  ibid.

 

38,618.  Hezza was the first minister to walk out of Cabinet in a hundred years.  (Government & Prime Minister)  ibid.

 

38,619.  Blair had brought in a slew of other advisers to Number 10.(Government & Prime Minister)  ibid.

 

38,620.  The wars were to weaken Blair, and hasten his departure from Number Ten.  (Government & Prime Minister)  ibid.

 

38,621.  Brown became increasingly indecisive in Number Ten.   (Government & Prime Minister)  ibid.

 

38,622.  Cameron was determined to run Number Ten very differently from Blair and Brown.  (Government & Prime Minister)  ibid.

 

 

38,634.  The prime minister giveth and the prime minister taketh away; blessed be the name of the prime minister.  (Government & Prime Minister)  Yes, Minister: Open Government, Sir Humphrey

 

 

38,643.  You know the PM’s motto?  In defeat, malice.  In victory, revenge.  (Government & Prime Minister)  Yes, Minister: The Writing on the Wall s1e5, PM’s political adviser to Sir Humphrey

 

 

111,187.  We did once get through to the Kremlin but only to a switchboard operator.  (Government & Prime Minister)  Yes, Prime Minister: Grand Design s1e1, civil servant

 

111,188.  It’s only the new ones that don’t work, the others are fine.  (Government & Prime Minister)  ibid.  Bernard  

 

 

38,767.  Everything you’ve always read in the paper about how hard the prime minister has to work is a bit of a myth really.  (Government & Prime Minister)  Yes, Prime Minister: The Ministerial Broadcast s1e2, Bernard to Jim

 

38,768.  We have a magic wand.  It is called Trident.  Nobody understands anything about it except that it will cost fifteen billion pounds which means it must be wonderful, magical.  (Government & Prime Minister)  ibid.  Sir Humphrey to Bernard

 

38,769.  Bernard:  I think he wants to govern Britain.

 

Sir Humphrey:  Well stop him, Bernard.  (Government & Prime Minister)  ibid.

 

38,770.  Don’t let the teleprompter turn you into a zombie.  OK?  (Government & Prime Minister)  ibid.  Director Godfrey to Jim, with Bernard

 

38,771.  Prime Minister, how would you feel about a little dental work?  (Government & Prime Minister)  ibid.

 

 

38,772.  To the British Tobacco Group and to its chairman.  (Government & Prime Minister)  Yes, Prime Minister: The Smoke Screen s1e3, Sir Humphrey at cricket

 

38,773.  Sir Humphrey:  You can prove anything with statistics.  

 

Jim:  Even the truth.  (Government & Prime Minister & Statistics)  ibid.

 

38,774.  Smokers are national benefactors.  (Government & Prime Minister & Smoking)  ibid.  Sir Humphrey to Jim

 

38,775.  Dying of lung cancer can seriously damage your health.  (Government & Prime Minister)  ibid.  Bernard to Jim & Health Minister

 

38,776.  Let me be absolutely honest with you ...  (Government & Prime Minister)  ibid.  Jim to Health Minister

 

 

38,777.  We are here to see that the prime minister is not confused.  Politicians are simple people, Bernard.  (Government & Prime Minister)  Yes, Prime Minister: The Key s1e4, Sir Humphrey

 

38,778.  I couldn’t stop him.  He’s bigger than me.  (Government & Prime Minister)  ibid.  Bernard to Jim

 

38,779.  Take his key away from him.  (Government & Prime Minister)  ibid.  Jim to Bernard

 

38,780.  Open this door! ... You’ll pay for this!  Open the bloody door!  (Government & Prime Minister & Door)  ibid.  Sir Humphrey to Bernard

 

38,781.  You mean you’ve lost your key.  (Government & Prime Minister)  ibid.  Jim to Sir Humphrey

 

38,782.  It’s my decision.  Isn’t it, Humphrey?  (Government & Prime Minister)  ibid.

 

 

38,783.  Being an MP is a vast subsidised ego trip.  (Government & Parliament & Prime Minister)  Yes, Prime Minister: A Real Partnership s1e5, Jim to Annie, with Bernard

 

38,784.  Do you think I am a complete idiot?  (Government & Prime Minister)  ibid.  Jim to Sir Humphrey, with Bernard

 

 

38,785.  All that pro-British defending democracy nonsense.  (Government & Prime Minister)  Yes, Prime Minister s1e6: A Victory for Democracy, civil servant to Sir Humphrey

 

38,786.  Facts complicate things.  (Government & Prime Minister)  ibid.  Sir Humphrey

 

 

38,787.  It’s safer to be heartless than mindless.  (Government & Prime Minister)  Yes, Prime Minister: The Bishop’s Gambit s1e7, Sir Humphrey to Jim, with Bernard

 

38,788.  There’s a vacancy in the diocese of Bury St Edmunds.  ibid.  Bernard to Jim

 

38,789.  The Church is looking for a candidate to maintain the balance.  Between those who believe in God and those who don’t.  (Government & Anglicanism)  ibid.  Sir Humphrey at Balliol

 

38,790.  What’s better than a Bishop?  A Rook?  ibid.  Jim to Sir Humphrey

 

38,791.  Our policy is not to have a policy.  (Government & Policy)  ibid.  Jim to Sir Humphrey, with Bernard

 

 

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