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  • A substantial extension of public ownership is an essential prerequisite of greater equality of earned income.
    • 1952
  • The first duty of a party of the left is to be radical in the context of the moment, to offer a prospect of continuing advance and to preserve the loyalty of those whose optimistic humanism makes them natural supporters.
    • 1953
  • The permissive society has been allowed to become a dirty phrase. A better phrase is the civilised society.
    • 1969
  • I am sure Mr. Heath thinks he is honest but I wish he didn't have to have his friends say it so often.
    • 1970
  • We must not expect a full-scale peaceful revolution every time a Labour Government is elected.
    • 1970
  • A social democratic party without deep roots in the working-class movement would quickly fade into an unrepresentative intellectual sect.
    • 1972
  • There are always great dangers in letting the best be the enemy of the good.
    • 1975
  • Each successive Labour government has been the most rapacious, doctrinaire and unpatriotic conspiracy to be seen this side of the Iron Curtain.
    • 1979
  • The fact is that Harold Wilson is a person no one can like, a person without friends.
    • 1981
  • 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.
    • 1982