John Major


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Sir John Major (born 29 March 1943) is a British Conservative politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1990 to 1997. Major was Leader of the Conservative Party from 1990 to 1997 and held the posts of Foreign Secretary and Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Cabinet of Margaret Thatcher. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Huntingdon from 1979 to ... more »

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  • ''The first requirement of politics is not intellect or stamina but patience. Politics is a very long run game and the tortoise will usually beat the hare.''
    John Major (b. 1943), British Conservative politician, prime minister. Daily Express (London, July 25, 1989).
  • ''A consensus politician is someone who does something that he doesn't believe is right because it keeps people quiet when he does it.''
    John Major (b. 1943), British Conservative politician, prime minister. Daily Mail (London, Jan. 4, 1991).
  • ''Society needs to condemn a little more and understand a little less.''
    John Major (b. 1943), British Conservative politician, prime minister. interview in Mail on Sunday (London, Feb. 21, 1993).
  • ''Only in Britain could it be thought a defect to be "too clever by half." The probability is that too many people are too stupid by three-quarters.''
    John Major (b. 1943), British Conservative politician, prime minister. Quoted in Observer (London, July 7, 1991).
  • ''I am walking over hot coals suspended over a deep pit at the bottom of which are a large number of vipers baring their fangs.''
    John Major (b. 1943), British Conservative politician, prime minister. remark, Oct. 24, 1992, à propos of the disagreements over Britain's membership ...
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