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Lord William Whitelaw

British politician, Tory leader in the House of Lords, deputy prime minister to Margaret Thatcher, whip and house leader to Edward Heath, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

It is never wise to appear to be more clever than you are. It is sometimes wise to appear slightly less so.

We donít intend to let [Ireland] default from the rule of law at the behest of ruthless conspiracy. The disrespect for law rooted there tends to spread like a cancer to other places. I will take the sternest measures to stop the spread of that cancer elsewhere...

Jun. 13, 1972 - from a speech quoted in the New York Times