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Born: 1944-05-12
Profession: Politician
Nation: British
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I believe in trying to get a balance between individual freedom on the one hand and social responsibility on the other.

Tags: Between, Freedom, Trying

But the ability to articulate what you are doing, to be clear about it, and to stick to it is, I think, the essence of political leadership.

Tags: Ability, Leadership, Political

It is almost always wrong that the time isn't ripe to decide something. That is always said of difficult problems.

Tags: Problems, Said, Time

I don't think that capitalism should be unbridled, if by 'unbridled' you mean unregulated.

Tags: Capitalism, Mean, Unbridled

I think that if politics is just about getting your backside on important seats, then it's a pretty worthless endeavor.

Tags: Getting, Politics, Pretty

In a democracy everybody has a right to be represented, including the jerks.

Tags: Democracy, Everybody, Jerks

In democracy everyone has the right to be represented, even the jerks.

Tags: Democracy, Everyone, Jerks

Undoubtedly, at the moment, the major cause of CO2 emission is what happens in developed countries.

Tags: Cause, Happens, Moment

Green politics at its worst amounts to a sort of Zen fascism; less extreme, it denounces growth and seeks to stop the world so that we can all get off.

Tags: Less, Off, Politics

I suppose I've always carried what is regarded as a bit of unnecessary baggage in Britain. I've always carried the charge that I am an intellectual in politics.

Tags: Bit, Charge, Politics

I think that what most surprises anybody who goes into politics from even a modestly cerebral background is the vulgarity of much of the cut and thrust of politics.

Tags: Anybody, Goes, Politics

It is a sort of great Victorian truth that actually, trying to do the right thing is pretty good for you and pretty good for business as well, by and large.

Tags: Good, Great, Truth

So, what I say to people is that politics has got to be about principle and values above all. Of course, there are times when you have to make accommodations.

Tags: Politics, Times, Values
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