My function in life is not to be a politician in Parliament: it is to get something done.
Israel is the only country in the Middle East where Arabs can be elected to the parliament in a democratic election.
You behold a range of exhausted volcanoes. Not a flame flickers on a single pallid crest.
People must not do things for fun. We are not here for fun. There is no reference to fun in any act of Parliament.
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I am glad to learn that the Parliament Bill has been passed for the Darlington Railway.
That a Parliament, especially a Parliament with Newspaper Reporters firmly established in it, is an entity which by its very nature cannot do work, but can do talk only.
Parliament will train you to talk; and above all things to hear, with patience, unlimited quantities of foolish talk.
I was very glad that Mr. Attlee described my speeches in the war as expressing the will not only of Parliament but of the whole nation. Their will was resolute and remorseless and, as it proved, unconquerable. It fell to me to express it, and if I found the right words you must remember that I have always earned my living by my pen and by my tongue. It was a nation and race dwelling all round the globe that had the lion heart. I had the luck to be called upon to give the roar.
He Oliver Cromwell in a furious manner, bid the Speaker leave his chair;
told the house That they had sat long enough, unless they had done more good; and that it was not fit they should sit as a parliament any longer, and desired them to go away.
Dont teach my boy poetry, an English mother recently wrote the Provost of Harrow. Dont teach my boy poetry; he is going to stand for Parliament. Well, perhaps she was rightbut if more politicians knew poetry, and more poets knew politics, I am convinced the world would be a little better place to live on this Commencement Day of 1956.
Democracy, finally, rests on a higher power than Parliament.
It rests on an informed and cultivated and alert public opinion. The Members of Parliament are only representatives of the citizens. They cannot represent apathy and indifference. They can play the part allotted to them only if they represent intelligence and public spiritness.
Wherever there is a parliament, there must of necessity be an opposition.
We enter parliament in order to supply ourselves, in the arsenal of democracy, with its own weapons. If democracy is so stupid as to give us free tickets and salaries for this bear's work, that is its affair. We do not come as friends, nor even as neutrals. We come as enemies. As the wolf bursts into the flock, so we come.
The English think they are free. They are free only during the election of members of parliament.
In parliament he again pressed the necessity of reducing expenditure.
Friends warned him that he was flogging a dead horse.
England can never be ruined except by a Parliament.
A severe though not unfriendly critic of our institutions said that the cure for admiring the House of Lords was to go and look at it.
Parliament is not a congress of ambassadors from different and hostile interests; which interests each must maintain, as an agent and advocate, against other agents and advocates; but parliament is a deliberative assembly of one nation, with one interest, that of the whole; where, not local purposes, not local prejudices ought to guide, but the general good, resulting from the general reason of the whole. You choose a member indeed; but when you have chosen him, he is not a member of Bristol, but he is a member of parliament.
You see how this House of Commons has begun to verify all the ill prophecies that were made of it -- low, vulgar, meddling with everything, assuming universal competency, and flattering every base passion -- and sneering at everything noble refined and truly national. The direct tyranny will come on by and by, after it shall have gratified the multitude with the spoil and ruin of the old institutions of the land.
You have sat too long for any good you have been doing.
Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!
The House of Commons starts its proceedings with a prayer.
The chaplain looks at the assembled members with their varied intelligence and then prays for the country.
Would it be possible to stand still on one spot more majestically -- while simulating a triumphant march forward -- than it is done by the two English Houses of Parliament?
I would walk from here to Drogheda and back to see the man who is blockhead enough to expect anything except injustice from an English Parliament.
A Parliament is that to the Commonwealth which the soul is to the body.
It behooves us therefore to keep the facility of that soul from distemper.
Parliament must not be told a direct untruth, but it's quite possible to allow them to mislead themselves.
If any person had told the Parliament which met in terror and perplexity after the crash of 1720 that in 1830 the wealth of England would surpass all their wildest dreams, that the annual revenue would equal the principal of that debt which they considered an intolerable burden, that for one man of
The English people believes itself to be free;
it is gravely mistaken; it is free only during election of members of parliament; as soon as the members are elected, the people is enslaved; it is nothing. In the brief moment of its freedom, the English people makes such a use of that freedom that it deserves to lose it.
A Parliament is that to the Commonwealth which the soul is to the body.
It behoves us therefore to keep the facility of that soul from distemper.
Canadians can get Parliament working again. Here's how to do that: elect more New Democrats.
The responsibility of a minister is to step aside when there is a criminal investigation of the department. That protects the propriety of Parliament and of responsible government.
Pakistan has not recognized Israel... any such decision would be taken in supreme national interests after due consultation of the parliament.
We are demonstrating for services for all the people and not just services for money. It's very important that this message goes to the European Parliament today.
May the soul of the late President Milton Obote.
.. a long-time member of this parliament, rest in peace.
Basically, I have no place in organized politics.
By coming to the British Parliament, I've allowed the people to sacrifice me at the top and let go the more effective job I should be doing at the bottom.
And think of how we challenged the idea of a male dominated Parliament with All-Women shortlists and made the cause of gender equality central to our government. We were right to do so.
I tend to discourage people from calling me 'Sir Ian,' because I don't like being separated out from the rest of the population. Of course, it can be useful if you're writing an official letter, like trying to get a visa or something passed through Parliament. They're impressed by these things.
I want you to know what I have told Australia's Parliament in Canberra - what I told General Petraeus in Kabul - what I told President Obama in the Oval Office this week. Australia will stand firm with our ally the United States.
Well, if you look at the programme that we're offering, I think that is a future which is fair for women as well as men. We're still heavily outnumbered - we're still four to one in parliament - but we are pioneers! We are forging a new path.
Women are not making it to the top. A hundred and ninety heads of state; nine are women. Of all the people in parliament in the world, thirteen per cent are women. In the corporate sector, women at the top - C-level jobs, board seats - tops out at fifteen, sixteen per cent.
Civility is perhaps a quaint notion but civility in Parliament is something we should always strive to uphold.
I am confident that you brothers in parliament will champion the will of the people over that of the occupier.
The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them in parliament.
It wasn't long before people discovered the final horrors of letting an urchin into Parliament.
An influential member of parliament has not only to pay much money to become such, and to give time and labour, he has also to sacrifice his mind too - at least all the characteristics part of it that which is original and most his own.
A Parliament is nothing less than a big meeting of more or less idle people.
We all know what Parliament is, and we are all ashamed of it.
As states subsist in part by keeping their weaknesses from being known, so is it the quiet of families to have their chancery and their parliament within doors, and to compose and determine all emergent differences there.
In 1765, Parliament passed the Stamp Act, which, as any American high school student can tell you, was an act that apparently had something to do with stamps.
The majority of the members of the Irish parliament are professional politicians, in the sense that otherwise they would not be given jobs minding mice at crossroads.
I don't mind being a symbol but I don't want to become a monument.
There are monuments all over the Parliament Buildings and I've seen what the pigeons do to them.