Scotland is my country, the nation that shaped me, that taught me my values. A nation whose achievements inspired and inspire me, a community whose failings drive me - drive my overwhelming desire to fight for social justice and equality.
Schools are not exam factories for the rat race.
My Scottish Labour Party is a crusade - to fight poverty, inequality and injustice.
I love hard political debate and I love beating somebody on a political point but what I'm more frustrated by is the politics where you play the man not the politics.
We shall seek debate without division or rancour.
My working life has always been wrapped up in doing my job to the best of my abilities and doing the best for my family. It is not a contest between the two.
Telling the truth, and confronting the challenge, is what politics is about.
I've taught fifth-year Christmas leavers last thing on a Friday afternoon. Basically, if you can face that you can face anything.
If I have learned one thing in life, it is never to take any man's own estimate of himself. He could very well be mistaken.
It's true across the U.K. that those who had least to do with causing the economic crisis are carrying the heaviest burden. That's unacceptable.
Maybe I was just born to argue with men.
The Scottish Labour Party, while I have breath in my body, will listen to the views of trade unionists.
We must listen and learn, show humility and seek again to talk for and to people's ambitions and concerns.
The test is can you do something, rather than have a theoretical argument - can you make a difference?
We will renew our party, to rebuild our land - and we will do it by being a better Labour, real Labour, Scottish Labour.
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