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" All the politics of the post-war period was about the clash between the Soviet Union and America, and virtually all issues ended up being subordinated to that. Now, the question is, what is the most a socialist can achieve in a global economy? "
" Anybody who enjoys being in the House of Commons probably needs psychiatric help. "
" Every budget I have ever prepared has been balanced. "
" Everyone changes all the time. "
" Give me the whole world to run and then I'll be happy. If tomorrow I was told I had to sort out the whole world's problems I'd sleep like a baby. "
" Global warming could be solved by shifting three to four per cent of global GDP to pay for it. "
" I actually think the civil service, who are the malignancy at the heart of public life, have consciously prevented, talked ministers out of, made it difficult regulatory-wise, to allow more pressure on alternative energy sources to grow. "
" I am a socialist, a believer in rational thought and the rule of law. "
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" I am not against Israel, I am against Zionists. "
" I became a councillor back in 1971, so if by this stage in politics I'm making lots of big mistakes, then I shouldn't be here. "
" I came into politics because I wished to change things. You can't do that by lying to people; you have to educate, and persuade, and carry them with you - and it's often a long haul. "
" I can easily lose myself emotionally in absolute Hollywood garbage. "
" I can only admire people who I have never met and are dead - because you know so much about anyone who is alive. "
" I can't understand why anyone would want to live the life of a politician if you can't say pretty much what you think. You are not in it for the money: there's unremitting pressure on your life, you give up so much of your privacy. It can only be because of the things you want to do and the things you want to say. "
" I could not cherish London and not value Jewish London. The contribution of Jews to London is immense - politically, economically, culturally, intellectually, philanthropically, artistically. "
" I do explicitly see Jewish people as a people - not either a religion or an ethnicity but a people. "
" I don't work hard enough. If I had worked harder I might have been prime minister. "
" I do the gardening. "
" I employed my wife for three years to sit in the attic and type up my autobiography, 700 pages, organise everywhere I go. I'm paying the normal rate of tax on the money I take out for myself. "
" If I was courting the Muslim vote, I wouldn't have put establishing the partnership ceremony at the forefront of my first term, would I? I go all around London advocating lesbian and gay rights. "
" If voting changed anything, they'd abolish it. "
" If women had never been given the right to vote, then Labour would have won every election after the war. "
" If you are running a city you must focus on day-to-day problems. "
" I go all around London advocating lesbian and gay rights. "
" I grew up in a house with very few books. "
" I grew up in Lambeth, I went to normal schools and I've grown up in a city where people say what they think. "
" I have met the people who run the world, and I am not in awe of them. "
" I have no interest in managing my financial affairs. "
" I have only ever borrowed money for investment. I have been sound money all my life. "
" I have opened newspapers and read incredible lies. "
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