Compassion is not a sloppy sentimental feeling for people who are underprivileged or sick... it is an absolutely practical belief that regardless of a person's background, ability or ability to pay, he should be provided with the best that society has to offer.
The House of Lords must go - not be reformed, not be replaced, not be reborn in some nominated life-after-death patronage paradise, just closed down, abolished, finished.
I warn you not to be ordinary, I warn you not to be young, I warn you not to fall ill, and I warn you not to grow old.
I would die for my country, but I could never let my country die for me.
We cannot remove the evils of capitalism without taking its source of power: ownership.
Arthur Scargill is the Labour movements nearest equivalent to a First World War General.
They travel best in gangs, hanging around like clumps of bananas, thick skinned and yellow.
The enemy of idealism is zealotry.
I'm prepared to take advice on leisure from Prince Philip. He's a world expert on leisure. He's been practicing it for most of his adult life.
I am the first male member of my family for about three generations who can have reasonable confidence in expecting that I will leave this earth with more or less the same number of fingers, hands, legs, toes and eyes as I had when I was born.
Resentment is an extremely bitter diet, I have no desire to make my own toxins.
I warn you not to fall ill, I warn you not to get old.
The unforgivable political sin is vanity, the killer diet is sour grapes.
People who are in politics to be right all the time would be better off taking up fly-fishing. It's less dangerous. Politics that is not applied in the real world and doesn't address the real challenges and paradoxes and agonies is a hobby.
Two negatives don't make a positive, any more than two half-wits make a wit.
Someone up there likes me.
Those who have the immense dishonesty to fight with a ballot box in one hand and a rifle in the other have no place in democratic politics.
Devolutionary reform will not provide a factory, a machine or jobs, build a school, train a doctor or put a pound on pensions.
That sort of fundamentalism which treats possession of private property not as a desirable economic and personal asset but as a condition of liberty is a form of primitive religion.
The trouble with the Socialist Workers Party is that they live in an historical thermos-flask.
Is Tony Blair of the Labour party? The answer to that is profoundly 'yes', but that is not how, sentimentally, he is regarded in the Labour movement generally.
[Marx's theories] gave me a political and intellectual justification for what I believed in a way that nothing else did.
At various times in the next 20 or 30 years I think it reasonable to anticipate that I will be among the leadershp of the Labour Party, but as far as being leader, I can't see it happening, and I'm not particularly keen on it happening.
Harold Wilson is a petty bourgeois and will remain so in spirit even if they make him a Viscount.
New!Loyalty is a fine quality, but in excess it fills political graveyards.
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