38 Total Quotes

David Blunkett Quotes

David Blunkett
Strengthening our identity is one way or reinforcing people's confidence and sense of citizenship and well-being.
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#British Politician #Citizenship

David Blunkett
We obviously have the right to go back to Parliament and to say 'We, the sovereign body who are elected, are the only ones in the end who are answerable for the protection of security and stability in our country,'
David Blunkett
#Body

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It would give (Conservative leader) David Cameron a boost and allow him to continue his effort to try to occupy our territory.
David Blunkett
#Conservative

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If anyone... seriously believes that a further exponential rise in the prison population for short-term prisoners and first-time offenders is the way to ensure our safety then they are sorely deluded.
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#Population

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They should go back home and re-create their countries which we have freed from tyranny, whether it is Kosovo or now Afghanistan. I have no sympathy whatsoever with young men in their twenties who do not.
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#Home

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I want to go back to a time when I was very young, when you expected the police to be part of the community and the community to be part of policing.
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#Police

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I regret the time and resources needed to undertake this but... it is right to lay this accusation to rest.
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#Regret

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Politicians are just as human as anybody else.
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#Politicians

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I encouraged Tony to serve out as much of this term as he can as PM. I think that's what he'll do, and I hope he'll want me to do this job through that period. I think he will.
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#Encouragement

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We've all been very vigilant to ensure that those who were likely to use this [war] as an opportunity were kept under surveillance.
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#Opportunity

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The people we are dealing with are sophisticated, well organized and entirely ruthless, but they are also in a position to exploit the very freedoms we seek to protect.
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#People

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I can assure the traveling public that if we believed it was not safe for them to travel or fly we would say so,
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#Travel

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What we are proposing are some sensible additional security measures.
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#Security

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a marathon not a sprint
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#Marathon

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The economy of our country, international trade and the free transport of people would have all been completely disrupted. ... This would have been a catastrophic thing to have done.
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#Country

David Blunkett
No one is going macho, no one's trying to do this for the sake of promoting some sort of vitriolic or anti-human rights agenda,
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#Trying

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We rightly pride ourselves on the safe haven we offer to those genuinely fleeing terror. But our moral obligation and love of freedom does not extend to offering hospitality to terrorists.
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#Obligation

David Blunkett
None of this is intended to stifle free speech, dialogue or debate, ... Fair comment is not at risk ... Only the incitement to hate.
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#Debate

David Blunkett
David is supposed to be a sad, lonely, old, blind bastard. David's not meant to have fun or go to nice restaurants or - heaven forbid - have sex.
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#Fun

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Our first duty is to protect our people.
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#Duty

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My sense is that there is a new understanding, yes.
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#Understanding

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My view is that heads should roll. There are too many people in the system who simply don't care. I fully support Charles Clarke in getting to the bottom of this.
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#People

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I don't think anyone can say I have said one thing in public and done another in private.
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#British Politician

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And we think that our citizens and yours would be very angry if they thought that we hadn't taken every possible step for prevention and then for joint action in the likelihood of those who threaten our lives and our well- being, taking action at the same time.
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#British Politician

David Blunkett
But any perception of this application being speeded up requires me to take responsibility.
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#British Politician

David Blunkett
I did not in late November start the plethora of linking my private life with public events again.
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#British Politician

David Blunkett
I have always been honest about my recollection of events.
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#British Politician

David Blunkett
I have built my reputation on honesty, I have sometimes been too honest.
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#British Politician

David Blunkett
I have never tried to fiddle my role as leader of the city of Sheffield, as an MP or as a minister.
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#British Politician