Getting up and criticising the other fellow because he's in and you are not seems to me a futile waste of time. Especially as you know in your heart that you would be doing more or less the same thing if you were in his place.
On his distaste for opposition politics, in an interview with Tom Stacey for the Daily Express, as quoted in The Independent (11 July 2003)
There comes a point when a man must refuse to answer to his leader if he is also to answer to his own conscience.Shawcross, Hartley, Baron Shawcross
We are the masters at the moment and shall be for some considerable time.Shawcross, Hartley, Baron Shawcross
Let us not foist this humbug on the world.Shawcross, Hartley, Baron Shawcross
All my moves were designed to promote the happiness and wellbeing of my family, rather than fame.Shawcross, Hartley, Baron Shawcross
I feel that I've had a happy life, not a very useful life, but a happy one.Shawcross, Hartley, Baron Shawcross