Clement Attlee

(Clement Richard Attlee, 1st Earl Attlee)

Clement Attlee
Clement Attlee
  • Born: January 3, 1883
  • Died: October 8, 1967
  • Nationality: British
  • Profession: Prime Minister

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Clement Richard Attlee, 1st Earl Attlee, KG, OM, CH, PC, FRS was a British politician who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1945 to 1951 and the Leader of the Labour Party from 1935 to 1955. Attlee was the first person to hold the office of Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, serving under Winston Churchill in the wartime coalition government. He went on to lead the Labour Party to a landslide election victory in summer 1945 and to a narrow victory in 1950. He became the first Labour Prime Minister ever to serve a full five-year term, as well as the first to command a Labour majority in Parliament and remains the longest-ever serving Leader of the Labour Party.

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A monologue is not a decision. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I must remind the right honorable gentleman that a monologue is not a decision. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
I think the British have the distinction above all other nations of being able to put new wine into old bottles without bursting them. Public Relations & Image
It is dangerous to play politics with the Budget. Budgets & Budgeting
Just as our peace-time system is unsuitable for war conditions, so does it tend to breed peace-time statesmen who are not too well fitted for the conduct of war. Facility in debate, ability to state a case, caution in advancing an unpopular view, compromise and procrastination are the natural qualities - I might almost say, virtues - of a political leader in time of peace. They are fatal qualities in war. Vision, daring, swiftness and consistency of decision are the very essence of victory. Leaders & Leadership
Prime Minister, our party won’t have you, and I think I am right in saying that the country won’t have you either. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Russian Communism is the illegitimate child of Karl Marx and Catherine the Great. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;States. Nations & Nationhood
The aim of socialism is to give more individual freedom to people. Freedom & Liberty
The central purpose of a chairman should be to ensure that the shortest possible time should elapse between the beginning of any meeting and its end. Management & Managing Government
The events of these last few days constitute one of the greatest defeats that this country and France have ever sustained. There can be no doubt that it is a tremendous victory for Herr Hitler. War & Peace
The foundation of democratic liberty is a willingness to believe that other people may perhaps be wiser than oneself. Democracies & Republics
The House of Lords is like a glass of Champaign that has stood for five days. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
We have seen today a gallant, civilized and democratic people betrayed and handed over to a ruthless despotism. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
We should never get out of Iraq without wrenching something, such as the national honour or the interests of bondholders. War & Peace ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking. Government
I just love Chinese food. My favourite dish is number 27. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
One layer was certainly 17th century. The 18th century in him is obvious. There was the 19th century, and a large slice, of course, of the 20th century; and another, curious layer which may possibly have been the 21st.
The last of our enemies is laid low.