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Labour Government Quotes


"We have an extreme rightwing government in this country, although it's called the Labour government." - John Pilger

"It is absolutely clear that your continued leadership is putting the Labour Party's future in jeopardy and denying millions of people in our country who so desperately need representation by a Labour government the chance of that Labour government." - Tessa Jowell

"We must not expect a full-scale peaceful revolution every time a Labour Government is elected" - Roy Jenkins

"The Labour Party should oppose the Government arms plan root and branch." - Aneurin Bevan

"I know that strong trade unions and best supported by Labour Government actually protect worker's rights." - Gisela Stuart

"The choice between a Labour government and a Tory one is sharpening minds." - Lucy Powell

"We need to keep this Labour government, it has a good chance of another term." - Clare Short

"We must not expect a full-scale peaceful revolution every time a Labour Government is elected." - Roy Jenkins

"I'm sick and tired of government ministers in this Labour government who simply blame other people when things go wrong." - Theresa May

"But how odd that in this heathen nation of empty pews, where churches' bare, ruined choirs are converted into luxury loft living, a Labour government - yes, a Labour government - is deliberately creating a huge expansion of faith schools." - Polly Toynbee

"The Liberal Democrats will add a heart to a Conservative government and a brain to a Labour one." - Nick Clegg

"Today 23 years ago dear Grandmama died. I wonder what she would have thought of a Labour Government." - George V

"I certainly think that a Labour Government will have to have effective powers to control the outflow of capital." - Michael Foot

"American nuclear weapons would almost certainly start being removed from Britain within 12 months of a Labour government gaining power." - Neil Kinnock

"Today 23 years ago dear Grandmama died. I wonder what she would have thought of a Labour Government." - King George V

"In Scotland, the indication is that for the Westminster elections at least, Labour voters are satisfied with their government." - Lucy Powell

"We have an extreme rightwing government in Britain, although it's called the Labour government. That's confused a lot of people, but it's confusing them less and less." - John Pilger

"Government cannot do it all. As we work hard to break welfare dependency and get young people ready for the labour market, we need businesses to give them a chance and not just fall back on labour from abroad." - Iain Duncan Smith

"Each successive Labour Government has been the most rapacious, doctrinaire and unpatriotic conspiracy to be seen this side of the Iron Curtain." - Roy Jenkins

"It's the Labour Government that have brought us record peacetime taxation. They've got the usual Socialist disease - they've run out of other people's money." - Margaret Thatcher

"The ambition of the present Labour government is that every worker in the country will have a greater than average income." - Harold Wilson

"We have never yet had a Labour Government that knew what taking power really means; they always act like second-class citizens." - Dora Russell

"I would fight to change the policy before the General Election. If I failed then I wouldn't accept office in a Labour Government." - Denis Healey

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

"We in the Labour party know better than most that opposition is the easy part. What's more difficult is governing and setting out an agenda for government." - Lucy Powell

"The American Dream, coupled with government subsidies of utilities and cheap consumer goods courtesy of slave labour somewhere else, has kept the poor huddled masses from rising up." - Elizabeth Wurtzel

"Obviously a Conservative government will always leave taxes lower than they have been under Labour. Those things go with the territory of the Conservative Party." - William Hague

"My first real breakthrough collided with the last months of Callaghan's Labour government, which had every intention of enjoying my success as much as I did." - Peter Straub

"Labour has the responsibility to give a lead where the government will not. We need to bring people together, hold the government to account, oppose austerity and set out a path to exit that will protect jobs and incomes." - Jeremy Corbyn

"John Prescott has made the government look greedy and ridiculous. Labour is seen as the corrupt party. The government has been fulfilling the old rule that oppositions do not win elections, governments lose them." - William Rees-Mogg

"The labour of the farmers, no doubt is of greater value than the financial capacity of the government and non-government institutions which can only play a supportive role." - Girma Woldegiorgis

"You can't win with some people. If you're not in government, you're criticised for being not serious. If you are in government, you're criticised for wanting power. That's the Labour party's line of attack, and it's a bit ridiculous." - Vince Cable

"And some of what we're doing in Government even now, some of the welfare reform programs that are helping lone mothers come into work are based on things that were very new under the Labour Government in the eighties." - Patricia Hewitt

"There can be no rise in the value of labour without a fall of profits." - David Ricardo

"People are fed up with Labour for taking them for granted for far too long, they are fed up of too much spin, and the people of Dunfermline and West Fife have spoken for the rest of the country with their views on the Labour government." - Willie Rennie

"I had the good fortune to be thrown unexpectedly into something called the Labour Research Unit - a little known organisation set up to assist the fledgling labour movement. It was not a company, nor a statutory board, nor a government department - in fact it did not exist at all as a legal entity. Thus in slightly unorthodox circumstances I became part of that struggle." - S. R. Nathan

"Much more should have been achieved by a Labour Government in office and Labour pressure in opposition. Against the dogged resistance to change, we should have pitted a stronger will to change. I conclude that a move to the Left is needed." - Anthony Crosland

"The programme of the British Labour Party under Neil Kinnock is so wildly irresponsible, so separate and apart from the historic NATO strategy, that I think a Labour government that stood by its present policies and I rather doubt that they would would, if it didn't destroy the Alliance, at least diminish its effective ability to do the task for which it was created." - Richard Perle

"When New Labour came to power, we got a Right-wing Conservative government. I came to realise that voting Labour wasn't in Scotland's interests any more. Any doubt I had about that was cast aside for ever when I saw Gordon Brown cosying up to Margaret Thatcher in Downing Street." - Jimmy Reid

"Although my seat is a contest between Labour and the Lib Dems, it could well make the difference between a Labour and a Tory government at the next election. In terms of international development, this choice is a very clear one." - Lucy Powell

"It's become unfashionable to celebrate political achievement, and Labour achievement even less so. And it's positively uncouth to be proud of something that this Labour government is doing. So, slam me for saying so, but I'm really proud of the NHS." - Lucy Powell

"My passionate belief is in the role of movements to achieve political power to transform society. In this country, we talk about the Labour movement, of which the Labour Party is the wing of government for the interests of people we were set up to champion." - Owen Jones

"Government is essentially immoral." - Herbert Spencer

"And, inasmuch [as] most good things are produced by labour, it follows that all such things of right belong to those whose labour has produced them. But it has so happened in all ages of the world, that some have laboured, and others have, without labour, enjoyed a large proportion of the fruits. This is wrong, and should not continue. To [secure] to each labourer the whole product of his labour, or as nearly as possible, is a most worthy object of any good government." - Abraham Lincoln

"It [Chinese Labour in South Africa] could not, in the opinion of His Majesty's Government, be classified as slavery in the extreme acceptance of the word without some risk of terminological inexactitude." - Winston Churchill

"If there is a serious outbreak in the UK I doubt voters will risk a Labour government. Time to get serious... Look at Diane Abbott's irresponsible comments on Ebola patients, Mili's open border policy. No. Way." - Louise Mensch

"Under a Labour government, there's virtually nowhere you can put your savings where they would be safe from the state. ... If you put money in a sock they'd probably nationalize socks." - Margaret Thatcher

"We will pave the way for a transformation and roll back the years of Thatcherism...We will turn economic ruin into economic recovery, and above all pave the way for a General Election to elect a Labour Government." - Arthur Scargill

"It will enable a Labour Government to do all they want under Labour's Programme for Britain...It will give us the powers to control all the oil companies, all the multinationals, to fix their prices and their distribution systems." - Tony Benn

"In the year 1871, Mr. Gladstone's Government introduced and passed the first Trade Union Act, by far the most important victory, up to that time achieved by the champions of labour organizations." - Edward Jenks

"I shall not rest until, once again, the destinies of our people and our party are joined together again in victory at the next general election Labour in its rightful place in government again." - Tony Blair

"New Labour was the most short-sighted, self-serving, incompetent, useless, and ineffective government that Britain has ever known. Make no mistake, Labour's economic policies were a national security liability." - Liam Fox

"I will ask every government department to draw up a plan for civil service relocation outside London. And a Labour Treasury will set an objective for savings over the course of the next decade," - Ed Balls

"The labour movement had the best opportunity in 50 years to transform not merely an industrial situation and win an important battle for workers in struggle, but an opportunity to change the government of the day." - Arthur Scargill

"As the prospect of a Tory government gets nearer, many traditional Labour voters - some who switched away in recent times and many who stayed at home - seem more determined to prevent that happening." - Lucy Powell

"Labour markets are about people. And people have a right to be treated with dignity and respect." - Juan Somavia

"Labour without joy is base. Labour without sorrow is base. Sorrow without labour is base. Joy without labour is base." - John Ruskin

"A little labour, much health." - George Herbert

"Genius can never despise labour." - Abel Stevens

"Labour is priceless, not gold." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Liberal Democrats in government will not follow the last Labour government by sounding the retreat on the protection of civil liberties in the United Kingdom. It continues to be essential that our civil liberties are safeguarded, and that the state is not given the powers to snoop on its citizens at will." - Nick Clegg

"There is no right government except good government." - George Santayana

"Good government is good politics and politics is good government." - Richard J Daley

"Otherwise we don't run the government the government runs us" - Carl Sagan

"I am the Federal Government" - Tom Delay

"Our government has no integrity!" - Jack Bauer

"The less government, the better" - Drew Carey

"Government is a necessary evil" - Thomas Paine

"Government is an unnecessary evil." - Jeff Berwick

"Big government flourishes under Republicans." - Ron Paul

"I'm a small government conservative." - Tucker Carlson

"Good government is good politics." - Richard J Daley

"Love is bigger than government." - Jesse Ventura

"Government should steer, not row." - Joe Lhota

"All government wars are unjust." - Murray Rothbard

"My government career is over." - Linda Tripp

"I did not enter the Labour Party 47 years ago to have our manifesto written by Dr Mori, Dr Gallup and Mr Harris" - Tony Benn

"Whenever we dig down into the achievements of a creative artist, we invariably trace them to the beginning of all beginnings: labour." - Galina Ulanova

"Learn to labour and to wait." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Labour is the purgatory of the erring." - Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

"Ah, why Should life all labour be?" - Alfred Lord Tennyson

"Faith is not reason's labour, but repose." - Neil Young

"This was a good week's labour." - Thomas Middleton

"Honest labour bears a lovely face." - Thomas Dekker

"Ah, why Should life all labour be?" - Alfred Tennyson

"Labour is the source of every blessing." - Aesop

"Charity is a very labour-intensive virtue." - Garth Nix

"The true success is to labour." - Robert Louis Stevenson

"Learning without thought is labour lost." - Confucius

"There are significant differences between the American and European version of capitalism. The American traditiionally emphasizes the need for limited government, light regulations, low taxes and maximum labour-market flexibility. Its success has been shown above all in the ability to create new jobs, in which it is consistently more successful than Europe." - Margaret Thatcher

"Social mobility decreased under Labour and under the current government it is reversing. The differences between the poorest and richest are returning to Victorian levels. We don't have open sewers and infant mortality rates at fifty percent but in economic terms we're getting to a level of disparity we haven't seen for a couple of hundred years. And we're getting there very quickly." - Jonathan Trigell

"..every Man has a Property in his own Person. This no Body has any Right to but himself. The Labour of his Body, and the Work of his Hands, we may say, are properly his. .... The great and chief end therefore, of Mens uniting into Commonwealths, and putting themselves under Government, is the Preservation of their Property." - John Locke

"England elects a Labour Government. When a man goes in for politics over here, he has no time to labor, and any man that labors has no time to fool with politics. Over there politics is an obligation; over here it's a business." - Will Rogers

"I have never been afraid to stand up to the leadership on issues where we disagree. If you chose to keep Cambridge Labour, then I can continue to press the Government for the things that matter to you, in a way that members of the opposition are unable to." - Anne Campbell

"We were in a great, seething moment in the 1970s. There was a new Labour government and everything seemed full of hope... But, as we got older and we saw how much women's behaviour contributed to what was wrong, we stopped being able to see ourselves purely as." - Helen Garner

"The '50s in general are written off as a boring decade following the turmoil of the Second World War and its immediate aftermath - the postwar Labour government, the cold war, the arrival of the New Look in fashion, etc. But I remember it as a very exciting time - a pioneering, rule-breaking time, especially for the young." - Lynne Reid Banks

"As someone who worked hard for a Labour victory in the 90s, do I regret it? Not really. It was bound to happen. And it'll happen with the next government, and the one after it. Because all governments serve us. They serve the filth." - Stephen Fry

"I think it true that, you know, sometimes things start to change even before a government changes and, actually, I think you can begin to see even the Labour machine beginning to understand that it has become over-reliant on targets and processes, that local governments have been over-bossed and bullied." - David Cameron

"Blair's support for the Americans should not be seen as an aberration; on the contrary, it is closely linked to the main contours of New Labour policy. This has been a government that has majored on hyperbole, but in fact, from the outset it was hugely timid and cravenly orthodox." - Martin Jacques

"The demand of our people in 1980 is not for smaller government or bigger government but for better government." - Edward Kennedy

"Our government is that of courage and responsibility. I want a government that collects and not a government that divides." - Charles Michel

"So he with difficulty and labour hard Mov'd on, with difficulty and labour he." - John Milton

"Our party: New Labour. Our mission: new Britain. New Labour new Britain." - Tony Blair

"Be aware that the reward for labour, and quantity of labour, are quite disparate things." - Karl Marx

"I'm more socialist certainly than New Labour - I'm very old Labour, really." - Alan Bennett

"Yes, and you should question your government." - Jessica Lange

"1995 government shutdown from GOP underestimating Clinton." - Newt Gingrich

"Corporations have more power than the government." - Adam Jensen

"Big government squashes the human spirit" - Dennis Prager

"Limited government must come politically, not judicially." - Mike Lee

"The U.S government hates rap music" - Chris Rock

"Government is not a warfare of interests." - Woodrow Wilson

"Whenever government abandons law, it proclaims anarchy." - Edmund Burke

"Every government is always growing corrupt." - Wendell Phillips

"I am a limited-government libertarian." - Milton Friedman

"I love my country, not my government." - Jesse Ventura

"Don't steal - the government hates competition!" - Ron Paul

"Government is essentially the negation of liberty." - Ludwig Von Mises

"Charity is not a government program." - Joseph Farah

"Self Government won't work without self discipline." - Paul Harvey

"Government is not competent enough to regulate." - James Cook

"The government is worst which governs most." - James Cook

"Never underestimate the incompetence of government." - James Cook

"Government regulators are another name for police." - James Cook

"Ted Cruz is a small-government conservative." - Mara Liasson

"The era of big government is over." - Bill Clinton

"Fear is the foundation of most government." - John Adams

"Censorship is advertising paid by the government." - Federico Fellini

"Your government is no longer mine." - Scott Nearing

"People create jobs, not the government." - Scott Walker

"Nobody wants to shut down the government." - Jeb Hensarling

"Iran is an anti-Semitic, terrorist government." - Ehud Olmert

"Government is connected to everything we do." - Jesse Ventura

"Government actually grew during the Reagan years." - Noam Chomsky

"In government, one actress is enough." - Evita Peron

"Less government, less regulation, lower taxes." - Grover Norquist

"A Conservative Government is an organized hypocrisy." - Benjamin Disraeli

"That fatal drollery called a representative government." - Benjamin Disraeli

"Everything government touches turns to crap." - Ringo Starr

"Aggression is simply another name for government." - Benjamin Tucker

"Rights come from God, not from government." - Roy Moore

"The reform of government needs to continue." - Jim Nussle

"All government, of course, is against liberty." - H L Mencken

"While just government protects all in their religious rites, true religion affords government its surest support." - George Washington

"I make no apologies that the PAP is the Government and the Government is the PAP." - Lee Kuan Yew

"Look, good government doesn't look for excuses, good government gets on with the job." - Tony Abbott

"The only just government is the government that serves its citizens, not itself." - Timothy M. Dolan

"We"re against the state, not government. The state just happens to monopolize the government." - Stephan Kinsella

"The federal government did not create the states; the states created the federal government." - Ronald Reagan

"I ask for, not at once no government, but at once a better government" - Henry David Thoreau



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