-the City whiz-kids, with salaries only fractionally less than their greed, now seem not only morally dubious, but incompetent. (On the share collapse in October 1987)
-Take a project like Band Aid for instance. Many people worked very hard for Band Aid, and OK, it raised millions of pounds, but then more money was being taken off the Overseas Aid Budget by the Conservatives. Political action is the way of securing change. If you do not engage in political parties you are not actually engaging in political decisions. You may think you are, but you’re not.
It’s a very easy line – and the press love it – that politicians are in it for themselves, all the parties are the same, etc. And then, of course, single issue politics appears to be pristine idealism, but a lot of key political decisions that dramatically affect these groups are taken by political parties. It is also the danger with some groups like the Green Party – they end up with policies which are just out to lunch and do not help the causes they think they are helping.
-Power without principle is barren, but principle without power is futile. This is a party of government, and I will lead it as a party of government.
-But what has come home to me more than anything else is the utter futility of Opposition. I did not join the Labour Party to protest. I joined it as a party of government and I will make sure that it is a party of government.
-I didn’t come into politics to change the Labour Party. I came into politics to change the country.
-I feel like everyone else in this country today. I am utterly devastated. Our thoughts and prayers are with Princess Diana’s family, particularly her two sons. Our heart goes out to them. We are today a nation in a state of shock, in mourning, in grief that is so deeply painful for us. She was a wonderful and a warm human being, although her own life was often sadly touched by tragedy. She touched the lives of so many others in Britain and throughout the world with joy and with comfort. How many times shall we remember her in how many different ways – with the sick, the dying, with children, with the needy? With just a look or a gesture that spoke so much more than words, she would reveal to all of us the depth of her compassion and her humanity. I am sure we can only guess how difficult things were for her from time to time. But people everywhere, not just here in Britain, kept faith with Princess Diana. They liked her, they loved her, they regarded her as one of the people. She was the People’s Princess and that is how she will stay, how she will remain in our hearts and our memories for ever.