Tony Blair, fully Anthony Charles Lynton Blair

Blair, fully Anthony Charles Lynton Blair

British Politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Labour Party

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On the family, we need two or three eye-catching initiatives that are entirely conventional in terms of their attitude to the family... We need more. I should be personally associated with as much of this as possible.

People always think American politics is very different, but usually it is a predictor of what happens in the politics elsewhere.

September, at TUC conference

Surely we have the wit and will to develop economically without despoiling the very environment we depend upon

The class war is over.

The Joint Intelligence Committee concludes that Iraq has chemical and biological weapons, that Saddam has continued to produce them, that he has existing and active military plans for the use of chemical and biological weapons, which could be activated within 45 minutes, including against his own Shia population, and that he is actively trying to acquire nuclear weapons capability.

The right to demand the best and refuse the worst and do so not by virtue of your wealth, but your equal status as citizen, thats precisely what the modern Labour Party should stand for.

Their barbarism will stand as their shame for all eternity.

There is nothing like waking up at six in the morning and changing a baby's nappy to bring you face to face with life's reality.

Times are tough but they are tough because the government is trying to do the right thing, whether on public service reform, education, health, anti-social behaviour and welfare, or in counter-terrorism

We do, as a new Government, have to be extremely careful after 18 years in opposition. A lot of people who worked for us, they then go on and work for the lobby firms. I think we have to be very careful with people fluttering around the new Government, trying to make all sorts of claims of influence, that we are purer than pure, that people understand that we will not have any truck with anything that is improper in any shape or form at all.

We should be tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime.

What matters is what works.

You choose your own reality and you - social media then amplifies those conspiracy theories. So that's why I say social media is itself a revolutionary phenomenon.

On these issues, the public fib. They say they want increased spending, and in theory they do?but in practice they think someone else should pay for it. However, there it is. As I used to say, the public aren?t always logical, but that?s their prerogative. They do expect their government to be, nonetheless.

People know where I stand in the Labour party and what I believe in.

Seventeen years of hurt. Never stopped us dreaming. Labour's coming home.

Terrorism brings the reprisal; the reprisal brings the additional hatred; the additional hatred breeds the additional terrorism, and so on.

The curse of Gordon was to make these people co-conspirators, not free-range thinkers. He and Ed Balls and others were like I had been back in the 1980s, until slowly the scales fell from my eyes and I realised it was more like a cult than a kirk.

The jolt that Tony Blair received 35,000ft above the Pacific Ocean was not normal turbulence.

The rules of the game have changed. We welcome people here who are peaceful and law-abiding. People who want to be British citizens should share our values and our way of life. But if you come to our country from abroad, don't meddle in extremism. If you meddle in it or engage in it, then you're going to go back out again.

There are literally thousands of sites. As I was told in Iraq, information is coming in the entire time, but it is only now that the Iraq survey group has been put together that a dedicated team of people, which includes former UN inspectors, scientists and experts, will be able to go in and do the job properly.

There should not be a party within a party.

To state a timetable now would simply paralyze the proper working of government, put at risk the changes we are making for Britain and damage the country.

We expected, I expected to find actual usable, chemical or biological weapons after we entered Iraq. But I have to accept, as the months have passed, it seems increasingly clear that at the time of invasion, Saddam did not have stockpiles of chemical or biological weapons ready to deploy.

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British Politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Labour Party