|Those suffering from injustice or disadvantage have lost a
powerful voice. A strong European, a committed internationalist,
and a distinguished foreign secretary with friends in every
country, he will be mourned greatly not only by his family,
friends, colleagues and constituents, but in every continent
of the world.
On death of former British foreign secretary
Robin Cook, August 2005.
|I think that's a bit unfair. I'm a father with a 2-year-old
child and I feel pretty young, actually.
On British Conservatives' strategy for
next election of portraying him as a man in his late 50's, jaded
after more than a decade in office and presiding over an economy
in need of overhaul, December 2005.
|There is nothing that you could say to me now that I could
To Tony Blair in October 2004, after British
Prime Minister appeared to renege on a guarantee not to fight
a third term of government.
|I'm a father; that's what matters most. Nothing matters more.
Quoted in Independent on Sunday, October
19, 2003, after birth of his son John the previous Friday.
|It is an absolute scandal
I say it is time to end the
old Britain where what mattered was the privilege you were born
to not the potential you were born with. Remove the old barriers,
open up our universities and let everyone move ahead.
On Oxford University's refusal to offer
a place to high-flying state school pupil Laura Spence to study
medicine, May 2000. She was subsequently offered a scholarship
by Harvard University.
|We spend more on cows than the poor.
In a critique on European agricultural
|Each year India and China produce four million graduates compared
with just over 250,000 in Britain.
|Couldn't we sponsor Bros not to get back together?
|It is time for Europe and the US to negotiate away their differences.
|Europe and America should go to Hong Kong with a common position
that by 2010 we will eliminate export subsidies, we will reduce
the tariffs that are being charged and we will open our markets
finally to developing countries.