William Whitelaw, 1st Viscount Whitelaw

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William Stephen Ian Whitelaw, 1st Viscount Whitelaw KT CH MC PC DL (28 June 1918 – 1 July 1999), often known as Willie Whitelaw, was a British Conservative Party politician who served in a wide number of Cabinet positions, most notably as Home Secretary and Deputy Prime Minister.


  • They are going up and down the country, stirring up apathy.
  • I always think that it is entirely wrong to prejudge the past.
  • On his arrival in Northern Ireland, quoted in his obituary in the Guardian
  • [A Conservative government would operate a glasshouse system of detention centres for some of those young people] so that they receive a short sharp shock treatment which I hope will deter at least some of them from getting enmeshed deeper in the mire of crime.
    • Speech in Birmingham (8 August 1977) during the by-election campaign, quoted in The Times (9 August 1977), p. 2

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  • Every prime minister needs a Willie.

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