Tony Blair – Key Quotes

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Tony Blair’s key quotes

Thursday April 26, 2007

Blair The Winner – On The Labour party
“They say I hate the party, and its traditions. I don’t. I love this party. There’s only one tradition I hated: losing.”
Final conference speech, September 2006.

On Peter Mandelson
“My project will be complete when the Labour party learns to love Peter Mandelson.”
To the Telegraph, March 1996.

Tony Blair, the man
“I think most people who have dealt with me, think I’m a pretty straight sort of guy, and I am.”
November 1997, when Labour was accused of changing its policy on tobacco advertising after accepting £1m from formula one’s Bernie Ecclestone.

“Is my face bovvered? Face? Bovvered?”
He turns the tables on Catherine Tate during a Comic Relief interview in March 2007.

“I can only go one way, I’ve not got a reverse gear.”
Conference speech, September 2003.

“The people kept faith with Princess Diane; they liked her, they loved her. She was the people’s princess.”
Articulating the public mood after Diana’s death in August 1997.

“A day like today is not a day for soundbites, really. But I feel the hand of history upon our shoulders. I really do.”
Shortly before the Good Friday agreement, April 1998.
(They may have laughed at the time, but he REALLY DID feel the hand of history.)

Gordon Brown
“The personal bond – like a marriage – is also a political bond which is founded on shared values and that common belief … Occasionally you can disagree.”
On his relationship with Gordon Brown, April 2005.

“At least I know she isn’t going to run off with the guy next door.”
Alluding to Cherie’s relationship with Brown, Final Party Conference Speech, September 2006.

“However much he dances around the ring beforehand he will come in reach of a big clunking fist and, you know what, he’ll be out on his feet, carried out of the ring.”
On David Cameron’s likely fate at the hands of Brown, November 2006.

Foreign policy
“Mine is the first generation able to contemplate the possibility that we may live our entire lives without going to war or sending our children to war.”
Speech in Paris, May 1997.

“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.”
Statement to the nation, September 11 2001.

“I will have no truck with a European superstate. If there are moves to create that dragon I will slay it.”
Reassuring the Sun, April 1997.

Iraq

“Saddam Hussein’s regime is despicable, he is developing weapons of mass destruction, and we cannot leave him doing so unchecked. He is a threat to his own people and to the region and, if allowed to develop these weapons, a threat to us also.”
In the Commons, April 2002.

WMDs

“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.”
Condemning Andrew Gilligan’s BBC report on the Downing Street dossier on Iraqi WMDs to the Hutton inquiry, August 2003.

Day of Judgement

“I think if you have faith about these things, you realise that judgment is made by other people … and if you believe in God, it’s made by God as well.”
On the decision to invade Iraq on Parkinson, March 2006.

The Third Way

“The third way stands for a modernised social democracy, passionate in its commitment to social justice and the goals of the centre-left, but flexible innovative and forward-looking in the means to achieve them.”
New Politics for a New Century, 1999.

“Ask me my three main priorities for government, and I tell you: education, education, education.”
Speech to party conference, October 1996, seven months before first landslide general election win.

“The party of fox hunting, Pinochet and hereditary peers: the uneatable, the unspeakable and the unelectable.”
On the Conservatives in his 1999 party conference speech.

“It’s not a burning ambition for me to make sure that David Beckham earns less money.”
Rejecting higher tax rates for the rich during a Newsnight interview in 2001.




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