"The honest truth is that if this government were to propose the massacre of the first-born, it would still have no difficulty in getting it through the Commons."
"A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circlue of our felicities."Diane Abbott on Thomas Jefferson
"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."Diane Abbott on Winston Churchill
"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country."Diane Abbott on Thomas Jefferson
"Government is not reason it is not eloquent it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."Diane Abbott on George Washington
"Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil in its worst state, an intolerable one."Diane Abbott on Thomas Paine
"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."