Quintin Hogg, Baron Hailsham of St Marylebone

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Quintin Hogg, Baron Hailsham of St Marylebone

The Right Honourable Quintin McGarel Hogg, Baron Hailsham of St Marylebone KG CH PC (9 October 190712 October 2001), formerly 2nd Viscount Hailsham (1950–1963), was a British Conservative politician.


  • Conservatives do not believe that political struggle is the most important thing in life...The simplest among them prefer fox-hunting—the wisest religion.
  • Quintin Hogg, The Case for Conservatism (Penguin, 1947), p. 10.
  • Being Conservative is only another way of being British.
  • Quintin Hogg, The Case for Conservatism (Penguin, 1947).
  • A great party is not to be brought down because of a scandal by a woman of easy virtue and a proved liar.
  • "Lord Hailsham speaks out", The Times, 14 June 1963, p. 9.
  • On the Profumo affair. Interview with Robert McKenzie on "Gallery" for BBC television.
  • Lord Hailsham: But to try to turn it into a party issue, is really beyond belief contemptible.
    Robert McKenzie: Do you feel that the others that have spoken out, the Bishops, The Times and so on, have tried to turn it into a party issue?
    Hailsham: I think you have!
  • Conclusion of the same interview.
  • If the British public falls for this, I think it would be stark, staring bonkers.
  • "Tories to fight like fury, Party chairman says", The Times, 13 October 1964 (p. 12)
  • At a press conference on 12 October 1964 during the general election campaign, referring to the policies of the Labour Party.
  • If you can tell me there are no adulterers on the front bench of the Labour Party you can talk to me about Profumo.
  • Stephen Dorril and Robin Ramsay, "Smear" (Fourth Estate, 1991) p. 48
  • Reply to heckler's cry of "Profumo!" at a public meeting on 13 October 1964. Hogg probably had in mind the Labour Party leader Harold Wilson specifically.
  • There is a sense in which all law is nothing more nor less than a gigantic confidence trick.
  • Speech to Devon Magistrates, The Times 12 April 1972.
  • If you do not give the people reform they are going to give you social revolution.
  • As quoted in Social democracy - The enemy within by Harpal Brar, pg. 162.

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