Tony Blair, fully Anthony Charles Lynton Blair

Tony
Blair, fully Anthony Charles Lynton Blair
1953

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

Author Quotes

Choice dependent on wealth; those are the Tory words.

Fanaticism is not a state of religion but a state of mind.

I am a Socialist not through reading a textbook that has caught my intellectual fancy, nor through unthinking tradition, but because I believe that, at its best, Socialism corresponds most closely to an existence that is both rational and moral. It stands for co-operation, not confrontation; for fellowship, not fear. It stands for equality, not because it wants people to be the same but because only through equality in our economic circumstances can our individuality develop properly.

I couldn't live with myself if I thought that these big strategic choices for my generation were there, and I wasn't even making them ? or I was making them according to what was expedient rather than what I actually thought was right.

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.

I profoundly disagree with important parts of the statist, so-called Keynesian response to the economic crisis; I believe we should be projecting strength and determination abroad, not weakness or uncertainty.

I think it is having answers and not simply anger, and providing solutions that people believe will change their lives in a radical way but do it in a way that's sensible.

I want a Britain that is one nation, with shared values and purpose, where merit comes before privilege, run for the many not the few, strong and sure of itself at home and abroad.

If we are going to carry on growing, and we will, because no country is going to forfeit its right to economic growth, we have to find a way of doing it sustainably.

I'm not prepared to have someone tell me there is only one view of what Europe is. Europe isn't owned by any of them, Europe is owned by all of us.

It has been an unrelenting, but, I have to accept, at least partly successful campaign to persuade Britain that Europe is a conspiracy aimed at us, rather than a partnership designed for us and others to pursue our national interest properly in a modern, interdependent world. It is right to confront this campaign head on. Provided that the treaty embodies the essential British positions, we shall agree to it as a Government. Once agreed ? either at the June Council, which is our preference, or subsequently ? Parliament should debate it in detail and decide upon it. Then, let the people have the final say.

Labour is the party of law and order in Britain today. Tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime.

My project will be complete when the Labour Party learns to love Peter Mandelson.

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First Name
Tony
Last Name
Blair, fully Anthony Charles Lynton Blair
Birth Date
1953
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British Politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Labour Party