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.
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.
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 would die for my country, but I could never let my country die for me.
The enemy of idealism is zealotry.
They travel best in gangs, hanging around like clumps of bananas, thick skinned and yellow.
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.
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.
Resentment is an extremely bitter diet, I have no desire to make my own toxins.
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.
Two negatives don't make a positive, any more than two half-wits make a wit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mobile phones are the only subject on which men boast about who's got the smallest.
Margaret Thatcher was not a malicious person. She was a person who couldn't see, or didn't want to see, the unfairness and disadvantaging consequences of the application of what she thought to be a renewing ideology.
The trouble with the Socialist Workers Party is that they live in an historical thermos-flask.
Devolutionary reform will not provide a factory, a machine or jobs, build a school, train a doctor or put a pound on pensions.
[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.
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