Human progress has never been shaped by commentators, complainers or cynics.
My view is that you still, in order to win from the Labour perspective, have to have a strong alliance with business as well as the unions. You have got to be very much in the centre ground on things like public sector reform.
You only require two things in life: your sanity and your wife.
Be a doer and not a critic.
It is not an arrogant government that chooses priorities, it's an irresponsible government that fails to choose.
Genetic modification has many different areas, for example in medicine, and Britain is at the leading edge of this new technology. I don't know, but people tell me, it could indeed by the leading science of the 21st century. All I say to people is: 'Just keep an open mind and let us proceed according to genuine scientific evidence.'
I can only go one way. I've not got a reverse gear.
I didn't come into politics to change the Labour Party. I came into politics to change the country.
The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.
Sometimes it is better to lose and do the right thing than to win and do the wrong thing.
Anywhere, anytime ordinary people are given the chance to choose, the choice is the same: freedom, not tyranny; democracy, not dictatorship; the rule of law, not the rule of the secret police.
The purpose of terrorism lies not just in the violent act itself. It is in producing terror. It sets out to inflame, to divide, to produce consequences which they then use to justify further terror.
I feel like everyone else in this country today. I am utterly devastated.
There is no meeting of minds, no point of understanding with such terror. Just a choice: Defeat it or be defeated by it. And defeat it we must.
My faith foundation works to bring about a greater respect and understanding between different faiths. We basically work with six popular religions in the world which are the three Abrahamic religions, Hinduism and Buddhism and Sikhism.
Leaders lead but in the end it's the people who deliver.
Whatever the dangers of the action we take, the dangers of inaction are far, far greater.
Every so often, I feel I should graduate to classical music, properly. But the truth is, I'm more likely to listen to rock music.
My dad was a militant atheist, or is a militant atheist. My mum was sort of bought up in a religious family because she was a Protestant from Ireland but wasn't especially religious.
But as I always say to people I'm essentially a public service person.