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" My only regret is the media's obsession with the past. "
" I refuse not to have a sense of humour. "
" 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 think democracy's undermined when those who own newspapers fill them with trivia rather than real issues. "
" Anybody who enjoys being in the House of Commons probably needs psychiatric help. "
" I never came into life with any favours or privileges. "
" 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've got people handling the media. I employ at the moment two people. No-one is paying income tax on the money they use to employ people. "
" World wide capitalism kills more people everyday then Hitler did. And he was crazy. "
" If women had never been given the right to vote, then Labour would have won every election after the war. "
" My administration will tackle these issues in consultation with the black communities of London. "
" The best way to demonstrate the values of a western democracy is you put Osama bin Laden on trial; you challenge what he says. "
" I am not against Israel, I am against Zionists. "
" Well, I mean, I'm very much a pragmatic person. "
" I have met the people who run the world, and I am not in awe of them. "
" Most people are not shocked that I am occasionally rude to journalists. They are probably amazed I don't punch one in the face. "
" I'm an emotional person; I do occasionally shed a tear. "
" I am a socialist, a believer in rational thought and the rule of law. "
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" Every budget I have ever prepared has been balanced. "
" I'm more interested in politicians who deal with human rights in their own country rather than lecture the rest of the world. "
" There needs to be radical development in equality law to create the environment to allow women to stay in work. "
" There isn't much about my life that's been particularly conventional. "
" I would like all newspapers to become workers' co-operatives. "
" I've always been a workaholic. I reckon, on average, I've had less than one day a year off in my working career. "
" Yes, there are lots of individual exceptions. But no one has ever done a study about voting intention without ascertaining that the biggest determining factor is your income and your wealth. "
" 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. "
" Psephology isn't a hate crime. "
" My main income is from speaking. "
" Jewish voters are not one homogenous block. "
" I go all around London advocating lesbian and gay rights. "
" 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. "