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There was no deception in what I said at the time of the election. Events have forced us to raise taxes. I regret that - John Major

Margaret Thatcher may have been a bit imperious for the Nineties - Kenneth Clarke

I can be stubborn and difficult - Baroness Thatcher

Indifference about the Prince of Wales's visit reaches fever pitch - Sydney newspaper headline, before the incident in which a man with a starting pistol shot at him

Just travelling around has its own risks, but then so does getting out of bed. So, life's too short, really - the Princess Royal

In 1969 I published a small book on Humility. It was a pioneering work which has not, to my knowledge, been superseded - Lord Longford

The first rule of libel is that if you bring an action you must be prepared to lose - Chris Roycroft- Davis, the 'Sun's assistant editor, after 'EastEnders' actress Gillian Taylforth and her fiance lost their case against the paper and face costs of up to pounds 500,000

We are all choked for her that she is in this position because it could have been any one of us - Mike Read, star of 'EastEnders'

Some of my colleagues are so keen on family values that they choose to have more than one of them - Edwina Currie

With romance comes good manners. Do you know that England is the rudest country in the whole of Europe? - Barbara Cartland

The dilemma is how to present the nausea of Robert Maxwell without the audience laughing - Evan Steadman, impresario behind the musical about the tycoon