Whatever efforts for peace President Gorbachev had in mind they were pretty substantially undercut very swiftly by Saddam Hussein.
Well I think there’s a distinction between sexing-up the intelligence and sexing-up the presentation of the intelligence.
The first requirement of politics is not intellect or stamina but patience. Politics is a very long run game and the tortoise will usually beat the hare.
Society needs to condemn a little more and understand a little less.
It is time to return to core values time to get back to basics to self-discipline and respect for the law to consideration for the others to accepting responsibility for yourself and your family – and not shuffling it off on other people and the state.
If you look at things that really affect people’s lives – sport the arts charities – they were always at the back of the queue for government money – health social security defence pensions were all way ahead. And each of those areas – sports the arts the lottery – got relatively petty cash from the government.
If we want to deliver opportunity for all we need an economy that delivers jobs for the future.
I think we can get respect for Parliament back providing governments and oppositions are frank.
Of course there are regrets. I shall regret always that I found my own authentic voice in politics. I was too conservative too conventional. Too safe too often. Too defensive. Too reactive. Later too often on the back foot.
The sight of allegedly sophisticated politicians parroting complete tripe trivialises and demeans government and it has to be stopped. It’s played a significant part in public disillusionment with politics and has led to the absurd situation where more people vote for ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ than voted in the general election.