— Koila Nailatikau Fijian politician 1953
On the government's proposed Reconciliation and Unity Commission, 21 July, 2005, 21 July 2005
— Koila Nailatikau Fijian politician 1953
„So I thought my first Prime Ministers Question time I'd do in a slightly different way and I'm sure the Prime Minister's going to absolutely welcome this as he welcomed this idea in 2005 but something has seemed to have happened to his memory during that period. So I sent out an email to thousands of people and asked them what questions they would like to put to the Prime Minister, and I recieved forty thousand replies.“
— Jeremy Corbyn British Labour Party politician 1949
2000s, Speech http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/sep/16/pmqs-jeremy-corbyn-verdict Jeremy Corbyn makes his debut as leader of the opposition (16 September 2015).
„This Prime Minister must be drummed from office and we will use each and every opportunity to make that a reality…But this Prime Minister deserves to be impeached - and we, with others, will present the case that he should be required to answer…I believe that this Prime Minister now operates outside the currency of debate, beyond the pale of decency…I don't just challenge the policies of Tony Blair, I challenge his morality…This is not a question of this Prime Minister - any prime minister - making a judgement call and just being wrong. It is not a matter, as Blair would have us believe, of someone acting in good faith and making an honest mistake. This is a man who buried the intelligence that was inconvenient, manipulated the information to suit his purpose, and entered into a secret pact with the American President to go to war come what may.“
— Alex Salmond Scottish National Party politician and former First Minister of Scotland 1954
Speech at the SNP annual conference (24 September 2004), quoted in The Independent, ' Salmond back with threat to impeach PM http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/salmond-back-with-threat-to-impeach-pm-6160873.html' (25 September 2004).
„He was born into, and seems never to have questioned, that English "class system" which has been so much abused in the present century. Indeed, several governments have announced their intention of abolishing it, and the most recent prime minister to retire showed her egalitarian principles by accepting the title of Baroness Thatcher.“
— Robertson Davies Canadian journalist, playwright, professor, critic, and novelist 1913 - 1995
Lewis Carroll in the Theatre (1994)
„Question Period is not part of the legislative process, and has nothing to do with it. It is a means of monitoring the Executive that the Government cannot evade.“
— John Allen Fraser Canadian politician 1931
The House Of Commons At Work (1993), Chapter 9, The House of Commons Functions, p. 122
„[Congress] is not the British Parliament, and I hope it never will become the British Parliament… Are we going to bring the president in here and have a question period like the prime minister has in Great Britain?“
— Trent Lott United States Senator from Mississippi 1941
2000s, On whether to hold a "vote of no confidence" in Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, as quoted in Dana Milbank, " A Jolly Good Show, but the Wrong Side of the Pond http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/11/AR2007061102092.html" The Washington Post 2007-06-12.
„It has become clear that following the prime minister's decision not to hold an election, questions about leadership are getting in the way of further progress by the party. Accordingly I now submit my resignation as leader with immediate effect.“
— Menzies Campbell British Liberal Democrat politician and advocate 1941
Resignation letter http://politics.guardian.co.uk/libdems/story/0,,2191836,00.html, 15 October 2007.
„Science is incapable of supplying answers to ultimate questions about why things exist and what their purpose is.“
— Nicola Cabibbo Italian physicist 1935 - 2010
interview by John L. Allen, Jr. on July 18, 2005, National Catholic Reporter (July 21, 2005) http://www.natcath.org/mainpage/specialdocuments/cabibbo.htm
„That kind of skeptical, questioning, "don't accept what authority tells you" attitude of science — is also nearly identical to the attitude of mind necessary for a functioning democracy. Science and democracy have very consonant values and approaches, and I don't think you can have one without the other.“
— Carl Sagan American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author and science educator 1934 - 1996
Talk of the Nation (3 May 1996)
„I thank the Prime Minister for his remarks about me. Debating with him at the Dispatch Box has been exciting, fascinating, fun, an enormous challenge and, from my point of view, wholly unproductive in every sense. I am told that in my time at the Dispatch Box I have asked the Prime Minister 1,118 direct questions, but no one has counted the direct answers—it may not take long.“
— William Hague British politician 1961
18 July 2001, House of Commons, Prime Minister's Questions.
— Noam Chomsky american linguist, philosopher and activist 1928
Quotes 1960s-1980s, 1980s, Talk at University of California, Berkeley, 1984, Context: Of course, everybody says they're for peace. Hitler was for peace. Everybody is for peace. The question is: "What kind of peace?"
„What I have now offered is meant merely for the sake of my country, for the simple question is: will you change your Ministers and keep the Empire, or keep your Ministers and lose the Kingdom?“
— William Pitt the Younger British politician 1759 - 1806
William Cobbett, "Parliamentary History". Speech in the House of Commons, supporting a motion of censure on the government of Lord North, 15 March 1782.
„Proposals to include Sanskrit in the course offerings were rejected numerous times by scholars who wanted to protect JNU from what they considered to be a majoritarian or Hindu Nationalist agenda. When I questioned Romila Thapar, a well known historian from JNU, about this issue in July 2000, she explained that if students want to learn Sanskrit, “there are so many Maths and Piths around where they can go.”“
— Yvette Rosser American activist 1952
She added that “most of the regional colleges have some kind of Sanskrit program”. Rosser, Yvette Claire (2003). Curriculum as Destiny: Forging National Identity in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh (Dissertation). University of Texas at Austin.
„I cannot help regretting that the hon. and gallant Gentleman has felt it his duty to put the question. It is put under circumstances that naturally belong to one of those fluctuations in the condition of trade which, however unfortunate and lamentable they may be, recur from time to time. Undoubtedly I think that questions of this kind, whatever be the intention of the questioner, have a tendency to produce in the minds of people, or to suggest to the people, that these fluctuations can be corrected by the action of the Executive Government. Anything that contributes to such an impression inflicts an injury upon the labouring population.“
— William Ewart Gladstone British Liberal politician and prime minister of the United Kingdom 1809 - 1898
1890s, Speech https://api.parliament.uk/historic-hansard/commons/1893/sep/01/the-unemployed#S4V0016P0_18930901_HOC_190 in the House of Commons (1 September 1893) in answer to a question from Howard Vincent MP who asked Gladstone "if the Government propose to take any steps to mitigate the consequences to the masses of the people" of unemployment.
„The 43rd Federalist deals definitively with this question. There was no question but that the Constitutional Convention, simply as a convention, had no authority of any kind. It did not form a government. But it said that the ratification of nine states shall then bring this new government into existence. The Congress of the Confederation transmitted the results to the country, the ratifications took place, and the government came into existence.“
— Harry V. Jaffa American historian and collegiate professor 1918 - 2015
2000s, The Real Abraham Lincoln: A Debate (2002), Q&A