"Foreign Office Honours: CMG - 'Call Me God'. KCMG - 'Kindly Call Me God'. GCMG - 'God Calls Me God'."
"It is only totalitarian governments that suppress facts. In this country we simply take a democratic decision not to publish them."
"The first rule of politics: never believe anything until it's been officially denied."
"Things don't happen just because Prime Ministers are keen on them. Neville Chamberlain was keen on peace."
"Politician's logic: We must do something. This is something. Therefore we must do it."
"It was a good idea to partition countries like India and Cyprus and Palestine and Ireland as a part of their independence. It keeps them busy fighting each other so we don't have to have a policy about them."
"The Foreign Office is a hotbed of cold feet."
"Government is not a team. It is a loose confederation of warring tribes."