Stanley Baldwin, HoC: Clause 23, (No relief where individual not resident in the United Kingdom), 07 July 1920.

I hope my hon. Friend will not press this Amendment. It is a distinction which has not been made before in regard to this matter, and I can see no valid reason why a person who does not happen to be of British birth, a resident of this country, and who takes up foreign residence bonâ fide and approved by the Commissioners of Income Tax, should be deprived of this benefit. It appears to me there would be something invidious in putting into the statute in a case of this kind a disfranchising Clause, as it were, against bonâ fide residents in this country. I can quite understand my hon. Friend’s feelings, because many of us still feel that we do not want any advantages which are given to English people to be given to Germans, but it is not necessarily Germans. There are genuine cases of people who have lived in this country for the best part or all their lives who belong to friendly and Allied nations, and I do not think we ought to put them into a statute in this way, taking from them a privilege which is enjoyed by all others who are resident in this country if and when the circumstances arise. I can assure the hon. Member the point is a very small one indeed, and the cases which would be ruled out by his Amendment are infinitesimal in number.

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Stanley Baldwin, 1923.

I will never draw down the blinds until I am a political corpse, but, if I do, it will be by an honest blow delivered in open fight and not by a syphilitic dagger from the syndicated press.

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Extract from a speech to Lord Mayor’s Banquet, 1936.

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Stanley Baldwin, 1923.

How thin is the crust of civilisation on which this generation is walking.

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Alfred Wagg, a friend of Baldwin’s.

I never regarded Baldwin as either a strong man physically, or ambitious. The strength and ambition came from Mrs Baldwin - her energy was remarkable.

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Stanley Baldwin speaking in private.

The moment he (MacDonald) left, I prepared for a general election and got a bigger majority for rearmament. No power on earth could have got rearmament without a general election except by a big split. Simon was inefficient. I had to lead the House, keep the machine together with those Labour fellows.

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Clement Attlee speaking about Stanley Baldwin in 1947.

He was loyal to his friends and chivalrous to his political opponents. I remember the tribute that he paid to my colleagues for the fight they put up in this House when they were but a small minority. I was for many years his political opponent, but I always regarded him not only with respect but with affection, and I enjoyed those friendly personal relations which we cherish in our political life.

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Stanley Baldwin, Representation of the People (Equal Franchise) Bill, 1928.

The right hon. Member for Colne Valley (Mr. Snowden) was right. I used to vote against women’s suffrage. I was taught by the War, which taught me many things. I learnt, I hope and believe, during that time when the young manhood of the nation was passing through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, to see such things as wealth, prosperity and worldly success in their proper proportion, and I realised as I never did before that to build up that broken work half the human race was not enough. It must be the men and women together. To-night marks the final stage in the union of men and women working together for the regeneration of their country and for the regeneration of the world. It may well be that by their common work together, each doing that for which they are the better fitted, they may provide such an environment that each immortal soul as it is born on this earth may have a fairer chance, and a fairer home than has ever been vouchsafed to the generations that have passed.

Stanley Baldwin, Representation of the People (Equal Franchise) Bill, 1928.

With the complete enfranchisement of women, I think there will come what we all desire to see, and that is a rational companionship in working together between men and women for the betterment of their country. Through the ages past we men have not always taken a rational view of women. We have either put her up on a pedestal or plunged her down in the pit. As a matter of fact, she occupies a middle position. I was very pleased to read in a book recently written by a woman on the work of women that she declared as the result of her investigations, which dealt largely with the mediæval period of history, that the position of women was very much what commonsense would indicate. Her position was one neither of inferiority nor of superiority, but of a certain rough-and-ready equality. That is good enough for me.