King Louis Philippe once said to me that he attributed the great success of the British nation in political life to their talking politics after dinner. (source)
Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield, KG, PC, FRS (born Benjamin D’Israeli; 21 December 1804 – 19 April 1881), was a British Conservative statesman and literary figure. He served in government for three decades, twice as Prime Minister—the first and thus far only Jewish person to do so (although Disraeli was baptised in the Anglican Church at 13). Disraeli’s greatest lasting achievement was the creation of the modern Conservative Party after the Corn Laws schism of 1846.
Unrelated: If you are into history blogs and websites, check out this great article, listing one hundred history blogs. It’s quite a collection!