Robert Peel

(Sir Robert Peel, 2nd Baronet)

Robert Peel
Robert Peel
  • Born: February 5, 1788
  • Died: July 2, 1850
  • Nationality: British
  • Profession: Leader

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Sir Robert Peel, 2nd Baronet, FRS was a British statesman and Conservative Party politician who served twice as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1834–35 and 1841–46) and twice as Home Secretary (1822–27 and 1828–30). He is regarded as the father of modern British policing and as one of the founders of the modern Conservative Party.

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Benjamin Disraeli [Addressing Robert Peel, 1788-1850:] The Right Honorable Gentleman's smile is like the silver fittings on a coffin.
Queen Victoria Our friend, Mr Hume, made a most violent speech at a dinner … last week. He called Sir R. Peel and some other Tories "the cloven foot," which I think rather strong. I think that great violence and striving such a pity, on both sides … They irritate one another so uselessly by calling one another fools, blockheads, liars, and so forth for no purpose. I think violence so bad in everything.
Queen Victoria … the time is come when a removal of the restrictions upon the importation of food cannot be successfully resisted. Should this be Sir Robert's own opinion, the Queen very much hopes that none of his colleagues will prevent him from doing what it is right to do.
Prince Albert … half of the potatoes were ruined by the rot, and that no one could guarantee the remainder. Belgium, Holland, Sweden, and Denmark, in which states the potato disease had likewise deprived the poorer class of its usual food, have immediately taken energetic means, and have opened the harbours, bought corn, and provided[for the case of a rise of prices. Sir Robert proposed the same thing for England, and, by opening the ports, a preparation for the abolition of the Corn Laws. His colleagues refused …. The whole country cries out: the Corn Laws are doomed.
Benjamin Disraeli His [Prime Minister Robert Peel’s] life has been one great appropriation clause. He is a burglar of others’ intellects. There is no statesman who has committed political petty larceny on so great a scale.
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Can there be a more lamentable picture than that of a Chancellor of the Exchequer seated on an empty chest by a pool of bottomless deficiency fishing for a budget? Budgets & Budgeting
Can there be a more lamentable picture than that of a Chancellor of the Exchequer seated on an empty chest, by the pool of bottomless deficiency, fishing for a budget? Budgets & Budgeting
However much I have been blamed for not showing more deference to a great party, and for not acting more steadily on party principles, all I have to regret is that I showed so much Political Parties & Machines
I do not desire to be Minister of England; but while I am Minister of England I will hold office by no servile tenure; I will hold office unshackled by any other obligation than that of consulting the public interests and providing for the public safety. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
It is a lamentable reflection that a man may be at the same time so insane as to be reckless of his own life and the lives of others, and to be pronounced free from moral responsibility, and yet capable of preparing for the commission of murder with the utmost caution and deliberation, and of taking every step which shall enable him to commit it with certainty. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
It is essential to my position with the Queen that Her Majesty should understand that I have the feelings of a gentleman, and where my duty does not interfere, I cannot act against her wishes. Her Majesty doubtless knows how pressed I am as the head of a powerful party, but the impression I wish to create in Her Majesty's mind is, that I am bound to defend her against their encroachments. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Something effectual must be done to revive the languishing commerce and manufacturing industry of this country ... We must make this country a cheap country for living. Business, Commerce & Finance
The best position the government could assume would be that of moderation between opposite extremes of Ultra-Toryism and Radicalism Liberals & Conservatives
The real question at issue is the improvement of the social and moral condition of the masses of the population; we wish to elevate in the gradation of society that great class which gains its support by manual labour. The mere interests of the landlords and occupying tenants, important as they are, are subordinate … Work, Workers & The Labor Force
There should be no ‘jobs for the boys’. We ought to be crucified if we … select our constables from the servants of our parliamentary friends. Patronage & Pork Barrel
We were watching the movements of tens of thousands of disciplined fanatics [Irish Catholic extremists], abstaining from every excess and indulgence and concentrating every passion and feeling on one single object . Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
When the honourable member is gratified by seeing the sovereign of his choice on the throne of these realms, I hope he will enjoy, and I am sure he will deserve, the confidence of the Crown Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Agitation is the marshalling of the conscience of a nation to mold its laws.
But after this natural burst of indignation, no man of sense, courage, or prudence will waste his time or his strength in retrospective reproaches or repinings. Time
No minister ever stood, or could stand, against public opinion.
On the Wednesday evening - that is, the day I saw her Majesty on this particular point - I had the opportunity of conferring with all those whom I proposed to submit to her Majesty as Ministers.
Public opinion is a compound of folly, weakness, prejudice, wrong feeling, right feeling, obstinacy, and newspaper paragraphs.
The police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence. Time
The Reform Bill has destroyed the ancient conduits and strainers, and brings Public Opinion to act upon the government with the rapid, turbulent, and uncertain violence of a flood! Government
There seem to me to be very few facts, at least ascertainable facts, in politics. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising