You won’t catch Liberal Democrats describing trade unionists as wreckers.
Yes, you need substance in politics – but I think your style also says something about how you arrive at some of your conclusions.
We would all rather see Iraq resolved successfully.
There are hard choices to be made in balancing the country’s security and an individual’s liberties. But it is a choice that has to be faced.
People are not stupid.
The quicker we get rid of the lobby system the better for all of us. I don’t think in this day and age it is tenable to have these nods and winks, and on-the-record and off-the-record briefings.
I want to see far more decisions taken far closer to the patients, the passengers and the pupils. Far more power for locally and regionally elected politicians who understand best the needs of their areas. And far more say too for the dedicated staff at all levels in health and education.
I’m a lifelong believer in trade unionism.
Politicians are good at saying how Government must do more, but we must also think carefully about where Government should do less.
For any new leader of any party at any given time it takes time if you are not in government to establish yourself.
I don’t want a headline saying ‘Kennedy suggests this or implies that.’
I couldn’t imagine a day without music. It relaxes and stimulates me in equal measure and I hate the sound of silence – the concept, I mean, not the track by Simon and Garfunkel.
Further Education should be about the ability to learn, not the ability to pay – everyone who is able should have the opportunity, regardless of their family background. I don’t want to see students struggling with huge debts or frightened off even going to university in the first place.
There stands no contradiction between giving voice to legitimate anxiety and at the same time, as and when exchange of fire commences, looking to the rest of the country, as well as all of us in the House, to give full moral support to our forces.
The point never to lose sight of is to be guided by the correct thing, as you see it. It’s the only way to approach such profound matters and retain your integrity.