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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1377
AUTHOR: Benjamin Disraeli (1804–81)
QUOTATION: You cannot choose between party government and Parliamentary government. I say you can have no Parliamentary government if you have no party government; and therefore when gentlemen denounce party government, they strike at the scheme of government which, in my opinion, has made this country great, and which, I hope, will keep it great.
ATTRIBUTION: BENJAMIN DISRAELI, speech in the House of Commons, August 30, 1848.—Selected Speeches of the Late Right Honourable the Earl of Beaconsfield, ed. T. E. Kebbel, vol. 2, p. 455 (1882).

The editor notes, p. 415, “this particular speech enjoys a special and superlative distinction above all its fellows: as I am authorised to state that, in Mr. Disraeli’s own opinion, it made him leader of the Conservative Party in the House of Commons.”
SUBJECTS: Political parties