23 Total Quotes

Charles Clarke Quotes

But I can't. They're here. And in this circumstance it is right that our police and security services give proper thought to how we deal with a threat that comes from that area.
Charles Clarke
#Police

The fact is, we're looking for a very small number of very evil needles in a very large haystack, which is the city of London,
Charles Clarke
#Evil

It is a lack of confidence in our systems of control that can foster bigotry.
Charles Clarke
#Bigotry

We have to defend our values of respect of tolerance of freedom and democracy against any who wish to destroy or replace them with some other doctrine, particularly if they seek to use violence to promote their ambition.
Charles Clarke
#Democracy

I think it is a shocking state of affairs. The concern, possibly anger, that people will feel is entirely understandable.
Charles Clarke
#Anger

These powers are not intended to stifle free speech or legitimate debate about religions or other issues.
Charles Clarke
#Debate

People have to face up to an issue which exists now which is of a terrorist threat to this country which is real and substantial, ... Has the police evidence convinced people? Yes it has.
Charles Clarke
#Country

Individuals who seek to create fear, distrust and division in order to stir up terrorist activity will not be tolerated by the government or by our communities,
Charles Clarke
#Distrust

I want to encourage that culture rather than the other way round.
Charles Clarke
#Culture

The nature of those relationships, the extent to which it was an association, the extent to which it was some kind of command and control, is a matter which we don't know the answer to at the moment.
Charles Clarke
#Association

more widely and systematically both to people before they come to the UK and when they are here.
Charles Clarke
#People

in a spirit of flexibility and openness.
Charles Clarke
#Flexibility

I think there's absolutely no evidence whatsoever in any of those areas that his authority is in anyway diminished.
Charles Clarke
#Authority

Now, at the end, my judgement turned out to be incorrect and we lost the vote.
Charles Clarke
#Judgement

The terrorist threat facing the UK is real and significant and the government is determined to do all it can to protect our citizens from groups who would try to destroy our society, our way of life and our freedoms,
Charles Clarke
#Government

The government has always made it clear that we do not condone torture in any way, nor would we carry out this completely unacceptable behavior, or encourage others to do so.
Charles Clarke
#Government

It's a very retrograde step. We already have an offence of inciting terrorism. I think the attempt to use emotive language in a statute ... will perplex juries and be unworkable.
Charles Clarke
#Terrorism

The terrorist threat facing the U.K. is real and significant and the government is determined to do all it can to protect our citizens from groups who would try to destroy our society, our way of life and our freedoms,
Charles Clarke
#Government

I regret that on the question of the level of the bar at which prosecutions can be brought ... that the government lost tonight.
Charles Clarke
#Regret

I am very happy with the conduct, not only of Sir Ian Blair, but the whole Metropolitan Police in relation to the inquiry,
Charles Clarke
#Police

justify or glorify terrorist violence.
Charles Clarke
#Violence

If the judges don't understand that message and don't take decisions which reflect where the people of the continent want to be, then the conclusion will be that politicians ... will be saying we have got to have a change in this regime.
Charles Clarke
#People

I wish we didn't have the problem. I wish we didn't have suicide bombers at all. I wish I could go like that and they're gone,
Charles Clarke
#Suicide