"I think he was absolutely right not to go to UN last week... First things first - that is, values and people here in their local communities, and remembering all politics is local, and trusting people more."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."Patricia Hewitt on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Patricia Hewitt on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Patricia Hewitt on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Patricia Hewitt on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."Patricia Hewitt on Joseph Stalin
"And some of what we're doing in Government even now, some of the welfare reform programs that are helping lone mothers come into work are based on things that were very new under the Labour Government in the eighties."
"As patients and consumers, we are better informed today about our health care than any previous generation."
"A modern health and social care system has to be completely focussed on the needs of its users."
"We're seeing quite a lot of people who really would like a return to class-based politics."
"You don't repair that relationship by sitting down and talking about trust or making promises. Actually, what rebuilds it is living it and doing things differently - and I think that is what is going to make the difference."
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