"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."
"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."Patricia Hewitt on Thomas Jefferson
"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."Patricia Hewitt 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."Patricia Hewitt 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."Patricia Hewitt on George Washington
"Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil in its worst state, an intolerable one."Patricia Hewitt on Thomas Paine
"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."
"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."
"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."