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On banks, I make no apology for attacking spivs and gamblers who did more harm to the British economy than Bob Crow could achieve in his wildest Trotskyite fantasies, while paying themselves outrageous bonuses underwritten by the taxpayer. There is much public anger about banks and it is well deserved.
You see, before I became prime minister, the Australian prime minister only attended ever two meetings in the world: the British Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and the South Pacific Forum.
Extraordinarily, I was up in the cemetery in Derry City, and I had a red cape on with a fur hood as a little girl, when a gun battle broke out between the IRA and the British Army, and I got caught in the crossfire.
The British political system and the whole clapped out Westminster architecture, and the language that we use about politics, it's completely unsustainable. You either decide to be part of that transition to do something different. Or you cling to old certainties.
I speak for all Malaysians in expressing my admiration for the Queen and the grace, poise and selflessness with which she has carried out her duties during her long reign. She represents the very best of British traits: dignity, resilience and hard work.
I wouldn't even have braces on my teeth. I think they are horrible, and this idea that everyone should conform and be perfect is ridiculous. I like the fact I have good old-fashioned British teeth with a big gap. Who wants those gleaming white cosmetically enhanced American teeth?
Georgia May Jagger
I'd love to work in the States; I'd love to work anywhere where you get a good script and a good part to play. But I do love British film as well.
I was a good soldier in the British Army. I was born in a very, very poor family. And I enlisted to escape hunger. But my officers were Scottish and they loved me. The Scots are good, you know.
The British nation is unique in this respect. They are the only people who like to be told how bad things are, who like to be told the worst.
The British soldier can stand up to anything except the British War Office.
George Bernard Shaw
To cure the British disease with socialism was like trying to cure leukaemia with leeches.
I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.
There are still thousands of people dying every year in Laos, mostly children and farmers, from unexploded anti-personnel ordnance that the U.S. simply saturated much of the land with, especially in the Plain of Jars. There actually is a British engineering team trying to remove some of these things, which are much worse than land mines.
Sheep farming is heavily subsidized in Great Britain. Without the subsidies, the green grazing in the valley of the River Exe would be gone. The handsome agricultural landscape of which the British are so proud, carefully husbanded since Boudicca's day, would be replaced by natural growth. The most likely growth is real-estate developments.
P. J. O'Rourke
We have the British motor industry as a role model for what happens when you try to save an industrial dinosaur. Britain was the first country to industrialise and the first to de-industrialise. We should learn from this.
P. J. O'Rourke
King Louis Philippe once said to me that he attributed the great success of the British nation in political life to their talking politics after dinner.
The British have a remarkable talent for keeping calm, even when there is no crisis.
Franklin P. Jones
The British do not expect happiness. I had the impression, all the time that I lived there, that they do not want to be happy; they want to be right.
My jokes are in my head and I have a duplicate copy of my jokes in a lot of British comics' heads, where they are safe.
You know, not even your British Queen is called just Elizabeth - she's Elizabeth the Second. There's only one Imelda.
The people who tend to raise antiwar slogans will do so generally when it's American or British interests involved.
However British you may be, I am more British still.
British society has never been cleansed of the filth of imperialism.
I can always tell if a band has a British rhythm section due to the gritty production.
When the British came to Ibo land, for instance, at the beginning of the 20th century, and defeated the men in pitched battles in different places, and set up their administrations, the men surrendered. And it was the women who led the first revolt.
John F. Kennedy
Martin Luther King, Jr.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
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