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Roy Jenkins Quotes and Sayings

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The Labour Party is and always has been an instinctive part of my life.
- Roy Jenkins

There are always great dangers in letting the best
be the enemy of the good.
- Roy Jenkins

The permissive society has been allowed to become a dirty phrase.
A better phrase is the civilised society.
- Roy Jenkins

I am sure Mr Heath thinks he is honest but I wish he
didn't have to have his friends say it so often.
- Roy Jenkins

 

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

A social democratic party without deep roots in the
working class movement would quickly fade into an unrepresentative intellectual sect.
- Roy Jenkins

The great disadvantage of our present electoral system
is that it freezes the pattern of politics,
and holds together the incompatible because everyone
assumes that if a party splits it will be electorally slaughtered.
- Roy Jenkins

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

It is no secret that the fruits of language study are
in no sort of relation to the labour spent on teaching and learning them.
- Edward Sapir

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

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

But the branches of industry are so multifarious,
the divisions of labour so minutes and manifold,
that it seems at first almost impossible to reduce them to any system.
- Henry Mayhew

Judge men less by the labels they wear than by their
persistent labour for sure if slow progress.
- John Burns

I'm still batting away on my politics for the Labour Party.
I'm much further to the left of them than I used to be,
but that's because they've moved, not me.
- Billy Bragg

You have to be very rich to afford Labour,
with 66 tax rises since they came in power.
- John Redwood

To say of a picture, as is often said in its praise,
that it shows great and earnest labour,
is to say that it is incomplete and unfit for view.
- James Mcneill Whistler

In general, if signs of sectarianism do appear in a Socialist Party,
these are only the products of the absence of a broad
Labour movement in the country.
- Karl Radek

I know that the right kind of political leader for
the Labour Party is a desiccated calculating machine.
- Aneurin Bevan

Permanent success cannot be achieved except by incessant intellectual labour,
always inspired by the ideal.
- Sarah Bernhardt

Wisdom alone is true ambition's aim,
wisdom is the source of virtue and of fame;
obtained with labour,
for mankind employed, and then, when most you share it,
best enjoyed.
- Alfred North Whitehead

The problem we have is not Labour, in however it is configured.
- Francis Maude

Costs of manufactured articles importantly depend on
the cost of raw materials as well as labour.
- Charles E. Wilson

Gold and silver, like other commodities,
have an intrinsic value, which is not arbitrary,
but is dependent on their scarcity, the quantity of
labour bestowed in procuring them,
and the value of the capital employed in the mines which produce them.
- David Ricardo

But while we can never predict where events will take
us or the unavoidable bills we will have to pay as a consequence,
we must confront the ghastly truth of Labour's legacy.
- Liam Fox

A firm, for instance, that does business in many countries
of the world is driven to spend an enormous amount of time,
labour, and money in providing for translation services.
- Edward Sapir

Enable every woman who can work to take her place on the labour front,
under the principle of equal pay for equal work.
- Mao Tse-Tung

British politics is more nuanced.
Part of the problem with New Labour is that they are a moving target.
- Rory Bremner

If a Labour movement, on a bourgeois basis,
has hitherto existed in the country where the new movement
is awakening it will certainly not disappear all at once.
- Karl Radek

What you need if you want jobs are small and medium sized enterprises,
local initiatives, labour intensive work,
community development, service providers and the like.
- Susan George

But if inventions have increased man's power over nature very much,
then the real value of money is better measured for
some purposes in labour than in commodities.
- Alfred Marshall

I cannot now change my style, which I acquired,
as you can imagine, by dint of labour.
- Henri Rousseau

Crime is only the worst example, but it is a paradigm
for other Labour policy disasters.
No one tells the voters that crime is falling:
let them stay scared senseless.
- Polly Toynbee

Wake the power within thee slumbering,
trim the plot that's in thy keeping,
thou wilt bless the task when reaping sweet labour's prize.
- John Stuart Blackie

First of all it has never been the case that I have
threatened people with expulsion or that I've threatened
to throw people out of the Parliamentary Labour Party.
- Ron Davies

Labour is the party of law and order in Britain today.
Tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime.
- Tony Blair

But a rise in the wages of labour would not equally
affect commodities produced with machinery quickly consumed,
and commodities produced with machinery slowly consumed.
- David Ricardo

I was a Labour Party man but I found myself to the
left of the Labour party in Nelson,
militant as that was.
I came to London and in a few months I was a Trotskyist.
- C. L. R. James

Our recent 5-year labour agreements,
in Canada as well as the United States,
are based upon experience, logic and principle rather than on pressure,
propaganda and force.
- Charles E. Wilson

That the powers of labour, and of the other instruments which produce wealth,
may be indefinitely increased by using their products
as the means of further production.
- Nassau William Senior

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.
- Peter Mandelson

The new generation of Labour is different.
Different attitudes, different ideas,
different ways of doing politics.
- Ed Miliband

The Labour Party of today has fits of horrors of the
very thought of somebody like me might saying that
they bought in white Australia.
But I believe they did.
- Colleen McCullough

Thus in such a Labour Party there can be no question of independent policy.
- Karl Radek

All labour is directed towards producing some effect.
- Alfred Marshall

The Labour Party's election manifesto is the longest suicide note in history.
- Greg Knight

The reward of labour is life.
Is that not enough?
- William Morris

As to happiness in this life it is hardly compatible
with that diminished respect which ever attends the relinquishing of labour.
- Anthony Trollope

The most important lesson of New Labour is this:
Every time we made progress we did it by challenging the conventional wisdom.
- Ed Miliband

If the Labour party goes back to reasserting its socialist and democratic beliefs,
that's where I belong.
- Shirley Williams

And if we must educate our poets and artists in science,
we must educate our masters, labour and capital,
in art.
- John B. S. Haldane

The labour Party has lost the last four elections.
If they lose another, they get to keep the liberal party.
- Clive Anderson

The poor have to labour in the face of the majestic equality of the law,
which forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges,
to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.
- Anatole France

The proportions, too, in which the capital that is to support labour,
and the capital that is invested in tools,
machinery and buildings, may be variously combined.
- David Ricardo

After an unremitting and severe labour of two days,
we returned to our old encampment with the loss of some of my horses,
and my men excessively fatigued.
- William Henry Ashley

The television critic, whatever his pretensions,
does not labour in the same vineyard as those he criticizes;
his grapes are all sour.
- Frederic Raphael

Making a cartoon occupied usually about three full days,
two spent in labour and one in removing the appearance of labour.
- David Low

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

The stark reality facing us today is that without the labour reforms,
workers will get neither the income nor jobs in the
face of cut-throat global economic competition.
- Kim Y. Sam

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

It's estimated that there may be two hundred and fifty
million children in the world engaged in some form
of exploitative child labour.
- Carol Bellamy

The trade unions and the Labour Party...
failed miserably.
Instead of giving concrete support, and calling upon
workers to take industrial action,
they did nothing.
- Arthur Scargill

I didn't come into politics to change the Labour Party.
I came into politics to change the country.
- Tony Blair

So our problem is not Labour, it is us,
is making us attractive enough to gain disillusioned
Labour support and to compete effectively with the
Lib Dems for those loose votes.
- Francis Maude

The prices of raw materials do not fluctuate directly
with the labour cost of producing them.
- Charles E. Wilson

New legislation has just been adopted by the International
Labour Organization on the Worst Forms of Child Labor,
such as bonded labour, prostitution and hazardous work.
- Carol Bellamy

At the age of nineteen and a half, I went to the Land
of Israel to till its soil and live by the labour of my hands.
As I did not find work, I sought my livelihood elsewhere.
- Shmuel Y. Agnon

We cannot suppose therefore that God has made an order of beings,
with such mental qualities and powers,
for the sole purpose of being used as beasts,
or instruments of labour.
- Thomas Clarkson

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

What I've said in the past is that I want the Labour
Party to approach this matter on the basis of unity.
- Ron Davies

I said I thought female labour of the sort exacted from these slaves,
and corporal chastisement such as they endure,
must be abhorrent to any manly or humane man.
- Fanny Kemble

It is rather hard to be accused of shiftlessness and
idleness when the accuser closes the avenue of labour
and industrial pursuits to us.
- George H. White


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