"No one out there is interested in who did what to whom in Westminster politics."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."Iain Duncan Smith on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Iain Duncan Smith on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Iain Duncan Smith on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Iain Duncan Smith on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."Iain Duncan Smith on Joseph Stalin
"My view is pensioners don't have the one option that people of working age have. They can't really increase their income, because they are no longer able to work."
"Work is transformative. It gives you a greater chance of a greater income. You can affect your life while you're of working age, so you have scope and opportunity. Pensioners do not."
"For families across the UK who are income-poor, but more than that, whose lives are blighted by worklessness, educational failure, family breakdown, problem debt and poor health, as well as other problems, giving them an extra pound - say through increased benefits - will not address the reason they find themselves in difficulty in the first place."
"The future of Conservatism lies in our beliefs and values, not by throwing them away. We need to shed associations that bind us to past failures, but hold faith with those things that make us Conservatives."
"When families are strong and stable, so are children - showing higher levels of wellbeing and more positive outcomes. But when things go wrong - either through family breakdown or a damaged parental relationship - the impact on a child's later life can be devastating."