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He's given a lifetime of service to the party. Without his contribution - among others - we wouldn't have had three terms of government.

I know he has been damaged by events in his personal life - those are, in my view, private matters and should remain so.

He should be judged by his contribution. [on John 'Two Jags' Prescott]
Des Browne

I wonder when, if ever, the British government will have the sense to propose peace?
Millican Dalton

Yes is the answer to that question. I've enjoyed being in government... if it would be useful for me to serve I would like to do that. [saying he would like to work for Gordon Brown despite his previous opinions of him!]
Charles Clarke

Dullness in matters of government is a good sign, and not a bad one - in particular, dullness in parliamentary government is a test of its excellence, an indication of its success.
Walter Bagehot

If you're looking for ways to cut waste in government, you can start with John Prescott.
George Osborne

China's idea of fair trade is government subsidies of its textile and apparel exports to the United States, currency manipulation, and forgiveness of loans by its government banks.
Virginia Foxx

A group of Cuban Americans denounced the Castro government as a fascist regime that monitors and scrutinized its citizens' everyday existence. And then they excused themselves to go watch 'Big Brother'.
Bill Maher

My objective is to restore a sense of purpose and unity, particularly with the local government elections ahead
Sir Menzies Campbell

I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows.
Katherine Graham

I want to lead a government humble enough to know its place - where I will always strive to be - and that is on people's side
Gordon Brown

I am concerned about a society that has demonstrably lost confidence in its institutions, in the government, in the press, in the church, in the military - as well as in business.
George Cabot

No more distressing moment can ever face a British government than that which requires it to come to a hard, fast and specific decision.
Barbara Tuchman

University printing presses exist, and are subsidised by the Government for the purpose of producing books which no one can read; and they are true to their high calling.
Francis Cornford

Alex Salmond has to show he is capable of and has the character to be the leader of a new government, if he is to form one
Jack McConnell

This [Labour] government will never turn talk into action, it is time for a government that will.
Michael Howard

Governments exist to protect the rights of minorities. The loved and the rich need no protection: they have many friends and few enemies.
Wendell Phillips

One of the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace, good people don't go into government.
Donald Trump

All of us rightly regard ourselves as loyal to the Labour Party and yourself over many years. We believe however that you have not ended the uncertainty over when you intend to leave office, which is damaging the government and the party.
Wayne Davis

I was determined that no British government should be brought down by the action of two tarts.
Harold McMillan

Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the form of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question.
Thomas Jefferson

All share in the government of the world was denied for centuries to perhaps the ablest, certainly the most tenacious race that had ever lived in it
James Russell Lowell

The first duty of a government is to give education to the people.
Simon Bolivar

The process of renewal and reinvigoration that your premiership has inspired is without precedent. In each of our constituencies remarkable achievements have resulted directly from the policies of Labour governments since 1997
Mark Tami

The government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
Ronald Reagan

The happiness of society is the end of government.
John Adams

We will create a civilisation of the Mind in Cyberspace. May it be more humane and fair than the world your governments have made before.
John Barlow

If men were angels, no government would be necessary.
James Madison

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.
Lord Rees-Mogg

What's so frustrating about this is that we are on the verge of seeing the beginnings of a democratic and permanent government [on Iraq]
Jack Straw

The Constitution is not neutral. It was designed to take the government off the backs of people.
William O Douglas

History proves that all dictatorships, all authoritarian forms of government are transient. Only democratic systems are not transient. Whatever the shortcomings, mankind has not devised anything superior.
Vladimir Putin

Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all.
Thomas Jefferson

And it's absolutely hypocritical for the political party that talks about states rights, to suddenly ignore states rights, that say that the federal government or federalism has no business in this kind of business.
Gary Ackerman

I condemn this completely irresponsible act by the government of the DPRK [on nuclear testing]
Tony Blair

Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.
Ronald Reagan

A democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it.
Tocqueville

No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!
Ronald Reagan

Manufacturing and commercial monopolies owe their origin not to a tendency imminent in a capitalist economy but to governmental interventionist policy directed against free trade and laissez faire.
Ludwig Mises

There is nothing anyone can do anyway. The public has no power. The government knows I'm not a criminal. The parole board knows I'm not a criminal.
Jack Kevorkian

Different men seek after happiness in different ways and by different means, and so make for themselves different modes of life and forms of government.
Aristotle

Government is essentially immoral.
Herbert Spencer

Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidise it.
Ronald Reagan

Let's tell young people the best books are yet to written: the best painting, the best government the best of everything is yet to be done by them [a nice and positive quote!]
John Erskine

I think we should do better next week, better the week after, and better right throughout the course of our government. Sometimes in parties these things happen, but it is not acceptable and I do believe that what people now want to do is to debate the future - about policy - and I think the issues about what Tony Blair will or will not do are going to be left to Tony Blair
Gordon Brown

The lessons of paternalism ought to be unlearned and the better lesson taught that while people should patriotically and cheerfully support their Government its functions do not include the support of the people
Grover Cleveland

I have spent the better part of my adult life insisting that government be open... that government be accessible... and that government be held accountable to people who voted us into office.
Roy Barnes

Good government is good politics.
Richard J Daley

A politician is a man who understands government. A statesman is a politician who's been dead for 15 years.
Harry S Truman

Laws could be passed to keep the leader of a government from getting too much power.
Sir Thomas More



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