Saturday, 24 September 2011

"A previous Chancellor, Robert Lowe, described the office in the following terms in the House of Commons, on 11 April 1870: "The Chancellor of the Exchequer is a man whose duties make him more or less of a taxing machine. He is entrusted with a certain amount of misery which it is his duty to distribute as fairly as he can.""

From the sometimes dubious Wikipaedia, but rather a nice line if it is true.

1 comment:

  1. Pretty good line, pity Gordon Brown and George Osborne don't do history.