I may find Saddam Hussein's regime abhorrent - any normal person would - but the survival of it is in his hands.
Whatever the dangers of the action we take, the dangers of inaction are far, far greater.
I didn't come into politics to change the Labour Party. I came into politics to change the country.
The threat today is not that of the 1930s. It's not big powers going to war with each other. The ravages which fundamentalist political ideology inflicted on the 20th century are memories. The Cold war is over. Europe is at peace, if not always diplomatically.
Our new world rests on order. The danger is disorder. And in today's world, it can now spread like contagion.
There is no way you're going to have an event like 9/11 and expect things to remain the same. They killed 3,000 people in New York on that day, and if they could have they would've killed 300,000.
However much I dislike the idea of abortion, you should not criminalize a woman who, in very difficult circumstances, makes that choice.
The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.
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.
Sometimes it is better to lose and do the right thing than to win and do the wrong thing.
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