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Born: 1953-10-21
Profession: Politician
Nation: British
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Instead of saying that globalization is a fact, that it's inevitable, we've also got to demonstrate that while the growing interdependence of the world economy is indeed a fact, it's not uncontrollable.

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Of course, the EU is not going to fall apart, but at best it will stagnate for the foreseeable future and we will be dealing with quite a lot of internal chaos.

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I'm a fighter, not a quitter.

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Too often we think we can act without explaining and take decisions without justifying them.

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We've got to demonstrate why European unity and integration, our vast single market, our single currency, equip us with the strength to embrace globalization.

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The markets don't like instability and they don't like uncertainty.

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Essentially we need a new social consensus for economic reform as New Labour has achieved in Britain.

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Europe has to address people's needs directly and reflect their priorities, not our own preoccupations.

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Firstly, people take for granted that the E.U. has created the biggest economic space in the world.

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I believe that if you treat China as an enemy, then it is likely to become one.

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I certainly believe that we gain through open trade and liberalisation.

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I do not share the half-in, half-out attitude to the EU of some in Britain. Britain's place is in Europe.

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I think Europe is going in the right direction and we shouldn't be set back.

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I understand why the Tories will be gunning for Alastair Campbell because they fear his campaigning skills.

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I'm optimistic that we are actually seeing the opportunity of a generation being created in this.

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In the space of a decade, China and India have emerged as dramatic, dynamic competitors.

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It's a very good idea that we have a third term Labour government led by Tony Blair for a full term.

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The last thing we need is to turn in on ourselves rather than face us up to what we have to do in the world.

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They want to derail peace because they want to plunge Northern Ireland back into armed conflict.

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What is most important for Europe is economic growth and jobs, security at home and safety in the world.

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What we have to do is reinvent the idea of Europe.

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For too long, decisions have been taken behind closed doors - tablets of stone have simply been past down to people without bothering to involve people, listen to their views or give them information about what we are doing and why.

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Having viewed Europe as an extension and projection of itself, France now finds Europe developing a mind and identity of its own which embraces France but is not controlled by France.

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I have moved on from being a British parliamentarian, I have moved on from being a New Labour politician, I have moved on from being the supporter in the active day-to-day sense of Tony Blair.

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I hesitated, too, because for better or worse, I have been one of the principal architects of New Labour and I have worked closely with Tony Blair and the team for nearly 20 years.

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If the constitutional treaty is rejected it will be back to square one, just at a time when we want Europe to be a more effective force for good in the world, when we need to buttress ourselves against the pressures and insecurities of globalization.

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In my experience of these things, parties which shout about dirty tricks and the like tend to do so because they fear a direct hit in some vulnerable part of their political anatomy.

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No habit or quality is more easily acquired than hypocrisy, nor any thing sooner learned than to deny the sentiments of our hearts and the principle we act from: but the seeds of every passion are innate to us, and nobody comes into the world without them.

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We seldom call anybody lazy, but such as we reckon inferior to us, and of whom we expect some service.

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Because impudence is a vice, it does not follow that modesty is a virtue; it is built upon shame, a passion in our nature, and may be either good or bad according to the actions performed from that motive.

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People of substance may sin without being exposed for their stolen pleasure; but servants and the poorer sort of women have seldom an opportunity of concealing a big belly, or at least the consequences of it.

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The only thing of weight that can be said against modern honor is that it is directly opposite to religion. The one bids you bear injuries with patience, the other tells you if you don't resent them, you are not fit to live.

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There is no intrinsic worth in money but what is alterable with the times, and whether a guinea goes for twenty pounds or for a shilling, it is the labor of the poor and not the high and low value that is set on gold or silver, which all the comforts of life must arise from.

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