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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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.

One thing I'm not sure of - and it's a very open question - is whether the type of politics that I represent really has had its day or not. Now I obviously believe passionately it hasn't, that it's still the answer and not the problem, and, you know, the evidence points both ways.

Powers that are constitutionally there can be used but the Scottish Labour Party is not planning to raise income tax and once the power is given it is like any parish council: it's got the right to exercise it.

So much of politics is about the daily grind of political business: the people to see, the myriad different facets of government, the remorseless agenda of this part of the media or that.

The appalling details of the campaign of intimidation - which include grave-robbing - show the depths to which the animal extremists are prepared to stoop.

The first big choice: a government with the strength to deliver stability, or a government that takes the country back to boom and bust.

The party of fox hunting, Pinochet and hereditary peers: the uneatable, the unspeakable and the unelectable.

The state of Africa is a scar on the conscience of the world.

There are unquestionably links between al Qaida and Iraq.

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.

Analogies with the past are never properly accurate and analogies especially with the rising fascism can be easily misleading, but in pure chronology I sometimes wonder if we're not in the 1920s or 1930s again... This ideology now has a state, Iran, that is prepared to back and finance terror in the pursuit of destabilising countries whose people wish to live in peace.

At the time of the election, there will just be 1,000 days to the new millennium - 1,000 days to prepare for 1,000 years, a moment of destiny for us.

Deportation is a decision taken by the home secretary under statute, The new grounds will include fostering hatred, advocating violence to further a person's beliefs, or justifying or validating such violence.

Global warming is too serious for the world any longer to ignore its danger or split into opposing factions on it.

I am not sure that we would always want 16-year-olds to do all the things they can do. I am afraid that I do not agree with the hon. Gentleman on the voting age. I think that it should remain as it is.

I do not want to end up with an American style of politics, with us going out there beating our chest about our faith. Politics and religion - it is not that they do not have a lot in common, but if [religion] ends up being used in the political process, I think that is a bit unhealthy.

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