"In politics, the people I most despise are those who have no values."
"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."Diane Abbott on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Diane Abbott on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Diane Abbott on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Diane Abbott 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."Diane Abbott on Joseph Stalin
"My family were from Jamaica."
"Gun crime is a major cause of fear and distress throughout the UK. The problem is deeply entrenched in a wide range of social and cultural factors and therefore not an isolated issue."
"I was a postman one Christmas and I developed a morbid fear of dogs."
"Families are struggling against a tide of junk information on junk food."
"When fast food is not a treat but a dietary staple, the children surf the internet all day in dark corners of the room and are bombarded with latest gadgets. Things replace parental standards."