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Shirley Williams

b 27 July 1930

British Liberal (formerly Labour) politician and peer, daughter of Vera Brittain.

 

There are hazards in anything one does, but greater hazards in doing nothing.

 

The Catholic Church has never really come to terms with women. What I object to is being treated either as Madonna's or Mary Magdalenes.

 

No test tube can breed love and affection. No frozen packet of semen ever read a story to a sleepy child.

 

We have run out of creativity for children and teachers alike in the name of pushing up standards.

 

We have to say now we think the character of the party has changed so far it will take something very exceptional, something really out of the ordinary line to make us be convinced there's a chance of winning back the party.

 

The danger of any new party at a time of disillusion with the old parties, is that it becomes all things to all men.

Observer, 29 March 1981

 

I am not interested in a third party. I do not believe it has any future.

May 1980, shortly before leaving the Labour Party to co-found the Social Democrat Party

 

The saddest illusion of revolutionary socialists is that revolution itself will transform the nature of human beings.

 

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