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" I'm in exactly the same position as everybody else who has a small business. "
" I'm never going to take the view that I should say whatever I need to say in order to achieve something. Because that implies a level of dishonesty. "
" When I was leader of the GLC, by the time I had been in control for three years, the difference in pay between the cleaner and the director general was a four-to-one ratio. I find that attractive. "
" I would like to sound like James Mason. I reckon if I'd had a better voice I could have been prime minister. It is the most irritating voice in public life. "
" I could not cherish London and not value Jewish London. The contribution of Jews to London is immense - politically, economically, culturally, intellectually, philanthropically, artistically. "
" What do we do about climate change bearing down upon us? "
" I mean I get loads of money, all from different sources. You give it to your accountant. They manage it. But you pay corporation tax. If you're then taking it out and spending it on yourself, you have to pay more. "
" I can only admire people who I have never met and are dead - because you know so much about anyone who is alive. "
" I think it's much more important to keep people in work than have pay rises. "
" 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. "
" The truth is, no one pays more tax than they have to. "
" 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? "
" Polling in a general election is pretty accurate, because turnout is usually high. "
" This life is messy. "
" The market is a brilliant system for the exchange of goods and services, but it doesn't protect the environment unless it's regulated, it doesn't train your workforce unless it's regulated, and it doesn't give you the long-term investment you want. "
" I spent the 1960s and 1970s seeking myself - the working-class tradition of self-education. "
" The people I really most admire are Robert Kennedy and Franklin Roosevelt. If you know someone, it is very hard to revere them. "
" The world is run by monsters and you have to deal with them. Some of them run countries, some of them run banks, some of them run news corporations. "
" Jewish voters are not one homogenous block. "
" I am not against Israel, I am against Zionists. "
" Everyone changes all the time. "
" I was a weedy kid, not like one of those working-class men who can accommodate not being academically clever by physical strength and prowess. "
" Psephology isn't a hate crime. "
" Thatcher was prepared to destroy the world rather than give in on something she believed in. "
" My political beliefs are my moral, quasi-religious framework. "
" I am a socialist, a believer in rational thought and the rule of law. "
Rule Of Law
" 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. "
" 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. "
" My main income is from speaking. "
" I've never declined to do an interview. "
" You lose power in Britain and you are just Joe Public again. "