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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1374
AUTHOR: Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874–1965)
QUOTATION: Anyone can rat, but it takes a certain amount of ingenuity to re-rat.
ATTRIBUTION: WINSTON CHURCHILL, remark in 1923 after rejoining the Conservatives, having left them earlier to join the Liberals.—Kay Halle, Irrepressible Churchill, pp. 52–53 (1966). Other sources say this remark was made in 1924.
SUBJECTS: Political parties