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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This is a very important day for the people of Northern Ireland, but also for the people and the history of these islands.

Was he difficult, at times maddening? Yes. But he was also strong, capable and brilliant, and those were qualities for which I never lost respect.

We in a sense went for the Bernie Sanders model OK? Now we're also in turmoil as a result of this result.

We've already discovered, just so far, the remains of 400,000 people in mass graves.

Whatever the dangers of the action we take, the dangers of inaction are far, far greater.

You sit with our country's flag; you do not represent our country's interest. This is 2005, not 1945. We're not fighting each other anymore. These are our partners and colleagues and our future lies in Europe.

One thing, change, is what everyone says. The question is, what type of change? What's the right change to produce a different outcome for the people left behind by globalization?

Real integrity means an answer. It doesn't just mean - it doesn't mean riding the anger. And this is very difficult to do.

So, of course, the visions are painted in the colours of the rainbow, and the reality is sketched in duller tones of black and white and grey. But I ask you to accept one thing. Hand on heart, I did what I thought was right. I may have been wrong. That is your call. But believe one thing, if nothing else. I did what I thought was right for our country.

The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.

The first rule in politics is that there are no rules, at least not in the sense of inevitable defeats or inevitable victories. If you have the right policy and the right strategy, you always have a chance of winning. Without them, you can lose no matter how certain the victory seems.

The people's princess.

The thing always is to go to where people really are and what they're really feeling about life.

There can be no freedom for Africa without justice; and no justice without declaring war on Africa's poverty, disease and famine with as much vehemence as we remove the tyrant and the terrorist.

This is not a battle between the United States of America and terrorism, but between the free and democratic world and terrorism. 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.

We are all internationalists now, whether we like it or not

We know British Muslims in general abhor the actions of the extremists.

We've seen the reality of Saddam's regime: his thugs prepared to kill their own people, the parading of prisoners of war and now the release of those pictures of executed British soldiers.

Whatever the short term clashes between protecting the environment and eradicating poverty, medium term and long term it is clear. Unless we grow sustainably, at some point we face catastrophe

Your loss we count as our loss. Your struggle we take as our struggle.

Our aim is not just an educated nation but an intelligent one

Real progress cannot be measured by money alone. We must ensure that economic growth contributes to our quality of life, rather than degrading it

Society works by putting opportunity and responsibility together.

The battles of this century ? are less likely to be the product of extreme political ideology?like those of the 20th century?but they could easily be fought around the questions of cultural or religious difference.

The first thing I'd like to do is apologise actually on behalf of the Labour Party for the last week which, with everything that's going on back here and in the world, has not been our finest hour to be frank. But I think what is important now is that we understand that it's the interests of the country that come first and we move on. Now, as for my timing and date of departure, I would have preferred to do this in my own way but, as has been pretty obvious from what many of my Cabinet colleagues have said earlier in the week, the next party conference in a couple of weeks will be my last party conference as party leader.

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