A generous basic state pension is the least a civilized society should offer those who have worked hard and saved through their whole lives.
The British people think that if someone is disabled, then they should get all the care and support that we can offer.
I will listen to any argument put to me.
Cutting budget deficits can never be just an exercise in economics.
If someone believes that living on benefits is a lifestyle choice, then we need to make them think again.
The positive news is that the British economy is continuing to grow and is creating jobs. And it is positive news too that at a time of real international instability we are a safe haven in the storm.
I would say I have taken substantive action to make things easier for people.
Well British pension funds have not been investing the savings of British people in British infrastructure.
If you want to change the way your banking system is regulated, if you want to learn the mistakes of what's gone wrong, then you have to change your government.
I didn't come from a traditional Tory background; it was urban and metropolitan.
The Conservative party, the modern Conservative party, is on the side of people who want to work hard and get on.
I had the closest thing I have ever had to an out-of-body experience lying in bed one morning. I turned on the 'Today' programme and item four on the news was: 'The shadow chancellor has ruled himself out of the leadership.' I lay there thinking that's interesting, then I realised it was me.
Of all the public services, education is the one I'm most interested in. You get a more dynamic economy, you deal with most social problems, and it's morally right.
Believe me, I understand that most higher rate taxpayers are not the super-rich.
Britain has no divine right to be one of the richest countries in the world.
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