Quotes by George Osborne

I am a social liberal.
- George Osborne
I believe in public services.
- George Osborne
Autism is a very serious condition.
- George Osborne
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I get a lot of letters from people.
- George Osborne
I want to see genuine talent rewarded.
- George Osborne
I will listen to any argument put to me.
- George Osborne
Britain can only spend what it can afford.
- George Osborne
I'm not going out to parties every night.
- George Osborne
I want to see families with lower energy bills.
- George Osborne
I want London to be the global sporting capital.
- George Osborne
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I serve at the discretion of the prime minister.
- George Osborne
In football, as in politics, resilience pays off.
- George Osborne
Tax cuts should be for life, not just for Christmas.
- George Osborne
If the country's poorer, it's got less money.
- George Osborne
Britain needs a tough, strong financial conduct regulator.
- George Osborne
I think you can look at the British economy with confidence.
- George Osborne
I think the British people have a strong sense of what is fair.
- George Osborne
It was the Conservatives who first protected people in the mills.
- George Osborne
The rise in world oil prices has been larger than anyone forecast.
- George Osborne
The police protect us, and we're going to protect the police.
- George Osborne
Cutting budget deficits can never be just an exercise in economics.
- George Osborne
Brexit is for the richest in our country: they can afford recessions.
- George Osborne
Most successful politicians don't let the job swamp their lives.
- George Osborne
I do not want Britain to turn its back on Europe or the rest of the world.
- George Osborne
Some things never change, suck up to the government and you get an honour.
- George Osborne
Every day as Chancellor I see alerts telling me of risks around the world.
- George Osborne
In opposition, you move to the centre. In government, you move the centre.
- George Osborne
It's in our interests that the euro is a successful, strong currency.
- George Osborne
If we don't get a grip on government spending, there will be no growth.
- George Osborne
Britain has no divine right to be one of the richest countries in the world.
- George Osborne
The biggest single thing that has lifted people out of poverty is free trade.
- George Osborne
I would say I have taken substantive action to make things easier for people.
- George Osborne
I have done everything I can to move Britain out of the financial danger zone.
- George Osborne
Believe me, I understand that most higher rate taxpayers are not the super-rich.
- George Osborne
No ifs, no buts - we will not share the pound if Scotland separates from the U.K.
- George Osborne
It's not easy cutting welfare bills. It's not easy cutting the deficit.
- George Osborne
I didn't come from a traditional Tory background; it was urban and metropolitan.
- George Osborne
Everyone in our society has had to make a contribution towards dealing with the debts.
- George Osborne
You cannot tackle Britain's debts without tackling the unreformed welfare system.
- George Osborne
I want Britain to be the home of successful competitive and stable financial services.
- George Osborne
I want Britain to be a global financial centre but I want it to be properly regulated.
- George Osborne
The threat from terrorists - from extreme ideologies - needs to be challenged head-on.
- George Osborne
I reject absolutely the idea that people should know their place, and know their class.
- George Osborne
Sound public finances are not the enemy of sustained growth - they are its precondition.
- George Osborne
One of London's massive strengths is its sporting prowess, its great football teams.
- George Osborne
To simply argue that public spending must always go up and never be cut is irresponsible.
- George Osborne
I've always thought that good politics follows from good economics and good policies.
- George Osborne
It's normally the kiss of death to be identified as a rising star, or someone to watch.
- George Osborne
We must bring unity of spirit and purpose and condemn hatred and division wherever we see it.
- George Osborne
I can't imagine a God who would ever need to intercede in the daily travails of my life.
- George Osborne
We are very supportive of the economic reforms that the Chinese government have talked about.
- George Osborne
Even as China's growth slows, it will continue to be a powerhouse for the global economy.
- George Osborne
Britain is an open and tolerant country, and I will fight with everything I have to keep it so.
- George Osborne
Our message to China is very clear: we want the U.K. to be China's best partner in the West.
- George Osborne
We should be doing more business with China. We should be better connected to the Chinese economy.
- George Osborne
We don't see a choice between securing growth and investment and raising human rights issues.
- George Osborne
I fought passionately to remain in the E.U., and I warned of the economic risks if we left the E.U.
- George Osborne
The Internet - central to modern life - provides new ways for our enemies to plan and act against us.
- George Osborne
It's not enough to tackle just the symptoms of poverty. You have to tackle the causes of poverty.
- George Osborne
I think its important, particularly when you've got young children, to spend some time with them.
- George Osborne
Our long-term economic plan is all about creating jobs and the economic security that comes with that.
- George Osborne
The Conservative party absolutely must not allow itself to be shut out of parts of the north of England.
- George Osborne
If someone believes that living on benefits is a lifestyle choice, then we need to make them think again.
- George Osborne
Well British pension funds have not been investing the savings of British people in British infrastructure.
- George Osborne
I think people who sit around and are always yearning for the next thing are not always the happiest people.
- George Osborne
I'm not one of those who thinks there is something inherently bad or inferior about watching television.
- George Osborne
Every day, I genuinely count my blessings. One of the greatest things in life is to do a job you really enjoy.
- George Osborne
The wish to pass something on to your children is about the most basic, human and natural aspiration there is.
- George Osborne
Frankly, people buying a home to let should not be squeezing out families who can't afford a home to buy.
- George Osborne
The Conservative party, the modern Conservative party, is on the side of people who want to work hard and get on.
- George Osborne
For families flying out of the U.K. for a winter getaway, airports should be the ideal place to pick up a bargain.
- George Osborne
The message I would say to China is, 'Carry on with the reform; carry on with the change you are making.'
- George Osborne
There are always ways to make government better, always ways to make sure that the taxes of people are better spent.
- George Osborne
The British people think that if someone is disabled, then they should get all the care and support that we can offer.
- George Osborne
I support gay marriage. I support gay marriage because I believe Conservatives support the institutions of commitment.
- George Osborne
ISIL are already using the Internet for hideous propaganda purposes - for radicalisation, for operational planning, too.
- George Osborne
I'm tempted to say that Conservative governments are normally elected to clear up the mess left by Labour governments.
- George Osborne
I believe that I'm entitled to regard my pre-political life as off-limits in terms of what can be looked at and judged.
- George Osborne
We need strength and success elsewhere in our country - not by pulling London down but by building the rest of the country up.
- George Osborne
We need to think deeply about whether we can sustain banks that are not only too big to fail, but potentially too big to bail.
- George Osborne
We have accepted there is a big role for government to create a framework where businesses can grow in all parts of the country.
- George Osborne
The foundations of a strong economy don't rest alone on the decisions of Chancellors or the spending programmes of government.
- George Osborne
The Conservative Party mustn't sound like the old man on the park bench who says things were better in 1985, or 1955, or 1855.
- George Osborne
Margaret Thatcher's government redistributed money from rich to poor. And that's the nature of a modern western democracy.
- George Osborne
I understand the damage the expenses crisis has done to Parliament, and the paramount importance of restoring trust in our politics.
- George Osborne
There were some who wanted all the benefits of E.U. membership without any of the costs. I'm not sure that's very realistic.
- George Osborne
There is lots of evidence that it is this fear of going into debt that most puts people from poorer backgrounds off going to university.
- George Osborne
They all said I was a very young guy. Well there is nothing I can do about that but with each day that passes the problem solves itself.
- George Osborne
Britain has always been a home to the vulnerable, and we've always done what we need to do to help people who are fleeing persecution.
- George Osborne
A generous basic state pension is the least a civilized society should offer those who have worked hard and saved through their whole lives.
- George Osborne
I first started going to Chelsea games in the mid-Nineties when I lived off the North End Road, ten minutes' walk from Stamford Bridge.
- George Osborne
I don't want to watch 'Newsnight.' I just don't understand those politicians who genuinely want to watch it for pleasure.
- George Osborne
Of course the Liberal Democrats are going to say things to try and get attention - but I don't think the country is paying much attention.
- George Osborne
Britain can choose, as others are, short term fixes and more stimulus. Or we can lead the world with long-term solutions to long-term problems.
- George Osborne
Rather than standing back and being left behind, we must make the most of the opportunities that a growing China presents to us here in Britain.
- George Osborne
Many retailers have complained bitterly to me about the complexity of the Carbon Reduction Commitment. It's not a commitment; it's a tax.
- George Osborne
Politics as a parent is fairly demanding; if your parent is in politics, it's fairly demanding, so I make no excuses about taking two weeks off.
- George Osborne
You really have to try hard to create space and, at least for a time, stop the political world from rushing in. The important thing is to remain sane.
- George Osborne
The Office for Budget Responsibility correctly stay out of the political debate and do not assess the long-term costs and benefits of E.U. membership.
- George Osborne
To all companies large and small, I would say this: the British economy is fundamentally strong; we are highly competitive, and we are open for business.
- George Osborne
If we leave the European Union, there will be an immediate economic shock that will hit financial markets. People will not know what the future looks like.
- George Osborne
Well you know I've attracted a lot of criticism by, for example, suggesting that child benefit should be taken away from higher rate taxpaying families.
- George Osborne
Nuclear power is cost-competitive with other low-carbon technology and is a crucial part of our energy mix, along with new sources of power such as shale gas.
- George Osborne
Just as we should never balance the budget on the backs of the poor, so it is an economic delusion to think you can balance it only on the wallets of the rich.
- George Osborne
If freedom of movement is to be sustainable, then our publics must see it as freedom to move to work, rather than freedom to choose the most generous benefits.
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Leaving the E.U. was not the outcome that I wanted or campaigned, but now that democracy has spoken, we must act on that result. I will fully respect that result.
- George Osborne
If we leave the European Union it's a risk to our economy - it's a risk to pensioners, it's a risk to homeowners, it's a risk to people in work.
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