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

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The allegation being true it would have merited my resignation ... Any person listening to that would think we had done something improper, not that we just got our facts mixed up.

The evidence about Saddam having actual biological and chemical weapons, as opposed to the capability to develop them, has turned out to be wrong. I acknowledge that and accept it. I simply point out, such evidence was agreed by the whole international community, not least because Saddam had used such weapons against his own people and neighbouring countries.

The next party conference in a couple of weeks will be my last party conference as party leader, the next TUC conference next week will be my last TUC - probably to the relief of both of us. But I am not going to set a precise date now. I don't think that's right.

The spirit of our age is one in which the prejudices of the past are put behind us, where our diversity is our strength. It is this which is under attack. Moderates are not moderate through weakness but through strength. Now is the time to show it in defence of our common values.

There are solutions that are proper, but they require the painstaking and difficult work of building alliances and also being prepared to analyze the problem realistically. And exactly the same thing is going on my side of the Atlantic as is going on your side of the Atlantic.

They could have been removed. They could have been hidden. They could have been destroyed.

Understand the causes of terror? Yes, we should try, but let there be no moral ambiguity about this: nothing could ever justify the events of September 11 and it is to turn justice on its head to pretend it could

We have been elected as New Labour and we will govern as New Labour.

Well, we definitely need a strong and clear and assertive America. That's for sure. But you've always got to build alliances. And so it's very important that we are able to build those alliances. And where we don't do what in a way to extremists want us to do, which is to make this into a battle between the West and Islam - it's not. This isn't a clash between civilizations. It's about whether the values of tolerance and respect for difference prevail.

What we want to see is the development of human rights and greater democracy, not just because it is our system but because we think that's the best way that economic and political development go hand in hand.

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.

One of the things that I've been doing over the past few years is reevaluating my own powers of political analysis.

Power without principle is barren, but principle without power is futile. This is a party of government, and I will lead it as a party of government.

So actually I only got a mobile phone the day after I left being Prime Minister.

The allegation that I or anyone else lied to this House or deliberately misled the country by falsifying intelligence on WMD is itself the real lie.

The fear of missing out means today's media, more than ever before, hunts in a pack. In these modes it is like a feral beast, just tearing people and reputations to bits. But no-one dares miss out.

The only society that works today is also one founded on mutual respect, on a recognition that we have a responsibility collectively and individually, to help each other on the basis of each other's equal worth. A selfish society is a contradiction in terms.

The spread of freedom is the best security for the free.

There are those people who basically don't like those who are different. Now, that is a prejudice and it's a prejudice that's dangerous because in the world today, the world works through connectivity. It works through going across the boundaries, but faith and culture and race in a nation.

They say I hate the party, and its traditions. I don't. I love this party. There's only one tradition I hated: losing.

Values unrelated to modern reality are not just electorally hopeless, the values themselves become devalued. They have no purchase on the real world.

We have no plans to increase tax at all.

Well... it's only if I mean... you know. If she's got a... or if she needs the ground prepared, as it were... Because obviously if she goes out she's got to succeed, if it were, whereas I can go out and just talk.

What you can't do is have a situation where you get a rejection of the treaty and then you just bring it back with a few amendments and say we will have another go. You can't do that and I am not going to get drawn into speculating the way forward because I don't intend to lose the referendum.

You only require two things in life: your sanity and your wife.

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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