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.



  • Our duty is to make our country so strong that no aggressor will challenge us.
    • Speech (13 October 1938), quoted in Quintin Hogg, The Left was Never Right (1945), p. 200, n. 1
  • The British people must be strong. If we talk we must be ready to act. We must speak with the authority of the strong because our voice is practically the only voice in the world which will speak out with authority for right.
    • Speech (14 October 1938), quoted in Quintin Hogg, The Left was Never Right (1945), p. 200, n. 1
  • I believe that the proper way to approach this problem is not to wait until Herr Hitler makes more demands, but tell him we are going to make some demands. I should tell him that if he wanted anything he must first come into the society of nations and play his part.
    • Speech (27 October 1938), quoted in Quintin Hogg, The Left was Never Right (1945), p. 200, n. 1
  • I have never believed in peace at any price.
    • Speech (4 February 1939), quoted in Quintin Hogg, The Left was Never Right (1945), p. 200, n. 1


  • 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.
  • Moderation is the hallmark of our country and the burden of our Conservative faith. ... [I]n an age of violence the Conservative watchwords must be law, justice, moderation and humanity.
    • Speech to the Conservative Party Conference in Blackpool (10 October 1968), quoted in The Times (11 October 1968), p. 4


  • 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
  • Experience shows that at this rate of inflation, democracy cannot survive... A middle-class backlash is inevitable. A populist movement. In the end people will not put up with the law being broken and factions of the workers getting away with it with impunity. People will take control into their own hands, or a strong government will use the public forces to seize control. People will get hurt. Quite likely there will be a lot of violence one way or another. But in the end there is a limit to what middle-class people will tolerate.
    • Remarks to Hugo Young (July 1974), quoted in Hugo Young, The Hugo Young Papers: Thirty Years of British Politics – Off the Record, ed. Ion Trewin (2008), p. 37
  • What is urgently needed is some limitation on this nominally elected dictatorship. It is here that I join hands with the conventional Bill of Rights enthusiasts, of whom...I am not one.
    • Letter to The Times (17 February 1976), p. 13
  • We live under an elective dictatorship, absolute in theory if hitherto thought tolerable in practice. How far it is still tolerable is the question I want to raise.
  • Nothing has shown so clearly the evils of elective dictatorship as the past few weeks, which had culminated in the Lib–Lab pact.
    • Speech in Bexley, Sidcup (4 April 1977), quoted in The Times (5 April 1977), p. 2


  • 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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