You know, if you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything, wouldn’t you, at any time? And you would achieve nothing!

Interview for Press Association (10th anniversary as Prime Minister). 3 May 1989

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Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They always run out of other people’s money. It’s quite a characteristic of them.

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It is a great night. It is the end of Socialism.

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I fight on, I fight to win.

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