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No society can legitimately call itself civilized if a sick person is denied medical aid because of lack of means.
The NHS will last as long as there are folk left with faith to fight for it
How can wealth persuade poverty to use its political freedom to keep wealth in power? Here lies the whole art of Conservative politics in the twentieth century.
No amount of cajolery, and no attempts at ethical or social seduction, can eradicate from my heart a deep burning hatred for the Tory Party. So far as I am concerned they are lower than vermin.
Soon, if we are not prudent, millions of people will be watching each other starve to death through expensive television sets
The Tories, every election, must have a bogy man. If you haven't got a programme, a bogy man will do.
We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run down.
The purpose of getting power is to be able to give it away.
We could manage to survive without money changers and stockbrokers. We should find it harder to do without miners, steel workers and those who cultivate the land.
I read the newspapers avidly. It is my one form of continuous fiction.
Damn it all you can't have the crown of thorns and the thirty pieces of silver.
What should be the glory of the profession is that a doctor should be able to meet his patients with no financial anxiety.
Politics is a blood sport.
This is my truth, tell me yours.
If freedom is to be saved and enlarged, poverty must be ended. There is no other solution.
This island is made mainly of coal and surrounded by fish. Only an organizing genius could produce a shortage of coal and fish at the same time.
There is only one hope for mankind - and that is democratic Socialism.
Freedom is the by-product of economic surplus.
Fascism is not in itself a new order of society. It is the future refusing to be born.
You don't have to gaze into a crystal ball when you can read an open book.
Discontent arises from a knowledge of the possible, as contrasted with the actual.
Reactionary: a man walking backwards with his face to the future.
I have never regarded politics as the arena of morals. It is the arena of interest.
The Prime Minister wins debate after debate and loses battle after battle. The country is beginning to say that he fights debates like a war and the war like a debate.
I know that the right kind of political leader for the Labour Party is a desiccated calculating machine.
It is an axiom, enforced by all the experience of the ages, that they who rule industrially will rule politically.
The language of priorities is the religion of socialism.
Why should I question the monkey when I can question the organ grinder.
Virtue is its own punishment.
I welcome this opportunity of pricking the bloated bladder of lies with the poniard of truth
It is not possible to create peace in the Middle East by jeopardizing the peace of the world.
In Germany democracy died by the headman's axe. In Britain it can be by pernicious anaemia.
He brings to the fierce struggle of politics the tepid enthusiasm of a lazy summer afternoon at a cricket match.
Stand not too near the rich man lest he destroy thee - and not too far away lest he forget thee.
Listening to a speech by [Neville] Chamberlain is like paying a visit to Woolworth's, everything in its place and nothing above sixpence.
Advertising is 'an evil service'.
A Society in which the people's wants do not exceed their possessions is not a Socialist society.
You call that statesmanship. I call it an emotional spasm.
He has the lucidity which is the by-product of a fundamentally sterile mind.
Trade unions are islands of anarchy in a sea of chaos.
Poor fellow, he suffers from files.
I would rather be kept alive in the efficient if cold altruism of a large hospital than expire in a gush of warm sympathy in a small one.
There are two ways of getting into the Cabinet - you can crawl in or kick your way in.
The Prime Minister has an absolute genius for putting flamboyant labels on empty luggage.
The hero's need of the people outlasts their need of him.
We should not be pushing out figured when the facts are in the opposite direction.
The worst thing I can say about democracy is that it has tolerated the right hon. Gentleman for four and a half years.
[Winston Churchill] never spares himself in conversation. He gives himself so generously that hardly anyone else is permitted to give anything in his presence.
He seems determined to make a trumpet sound like a tin whistle.
Reading is not a duty, and has consequently no business to be made disagreeable.