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" You know, one of the things I've learnt since coming out of office is how much easier it is to give the advice than take the decision. I mean, you know, it's tough. "
" In April 1991, after the Gulf war, Iraq was given 15 days to provide a full and final declaration of all its WMD. "
" If you are trying to take a difficult decision and you're weighing up the pros and cons, you have frank conversations. Everybody knows this in their walk of life. "
" What people should understand is that I adore the Labour party. "
" I happen to think it's the politics that makes you electable, but the reason for that is politicians sometimes talk about electability as if it's just a matter of conning the public. Actually, it's a matter of persuading the public, and in my experience, usually, the public gets it right. "
" In retrospect, the Millennium marked only a moment in time. It was the events of September 11 that marked a turning point in history, where we confront the dangers of the future and assess the choices facing humankind. "
" Look, I am very competitive. "
" My office is on Twitter. I don't tweet myself - at least, not intentionally, but I probably should do. "
" I didn't come into politics to change the Labour Party. I came into politics to change the country. "
" People know where I stand in the Labour party and what I believe in. "
" The public think the politicians don't know or care about their lives; and the politicians feel misunderstood. "
" You know, the media and politicians are always gonna be in a bit of tension with one another and probably most of the time that's healthy and indeed even creative. But it's where - it's really when news organisations are used as kind of instruments of politics that it gets tricky. "
" Our new world rests on order. The danger is disorder. And in today's world, it can now spread like contagion. "
" Mine is the first generation able to contemplate the possibility that we may live our entire lives without going to war or sending our children to war. "
" We, therefore, here in Britain stand shoulder to shoulder with our American friends in this hour of tragedy, and we, like them, will not rest until this evil is driven from our world. "
" My faith foundation works to bring about a greater respect and understanding between different faiths. We basically work with six popular religions in the world which are the three Abrahamic religions, Hinduism and Buddhism and Sikhism. "
" I may find Saddam Hussein's regime abhorrent - any normal person would - but the survival of it is in his hands. "
" Choice dependent on wealth; those are the Tory words. "
" This is not a battle between the United States of America and terrorism, but between the free and democratic world and terrorism. "
" I would've loved to have been in a band, but sadly I just wasn't good enough. "
" But as I always say to people I'm essentially a public service person. "
" By nature, I am a unifier. I am a builder of consensus. I don't believe in sloppy compromise. But I do believe in bringing people together. "
" In no relationship at the top of any walk of life is it always easy, least of all in politics which matters so much and which is conducted in such a piercing spotlight. "
" The great advantage of the Lib Dems is precisely that no-one knows what they stand for. "
" I have long believed this interdependence defines the new world we live in. "
" I cannot think of any circumstances in which a government can go to war without the support of parliament. "
" Anywhere, anytime ordinary people are given the chance to choose, the choice is the same: freedom, not tyranny; democracy, not dictatorship; the rule of law, not the rule of the secret police. "
" Once his wife goes to sleep it takes a minor nuclear explosion to wake her. "
" But the world is ever more interdependent. Stock markets and economies rise and fall together. Confidence is the key to prosperity. Insecurity spreads like contagion. So people crave stability and order. "
" I think the journey for a politician goes from wanting to please all the people all the time, to a political leader that realises in the end his responsibility is to decide. And when he decides, he divides. "
" Labour is the party of law and order in Britain today. Tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime. "