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I happen to consider myself a Highlander even before a Scot; I am proud to be British yet feel comfortable as a European citizen. — Charles Kennedy

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You won't catch Liberal Democrats describing trade unionists as wreckers. — Charles Kennedy

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Of all the principles which constitute Liberal Democracy, internationalism is the clearest, the most distinctive, and the one with the longest history. — Charles Kennedy

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We need less theoretical debate and more practical application and acknowledgment of what Europe can and does do so that it is brought home to people in a relevant way. — Charles Kennedy

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Good political leadership for me involves getting the big decisions right - however difficult, however controversial, however potentially divisive - and then being able to take people with you. — Charles Kennedy

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As I spread my wings in politics, I discovered many Thatcher voters down south who were the same kind of people who loathed her in Scotland. They were puzzled by the Scots' antipathy, given the Falklands war and the strong militaristic history of the Highlands and elsewhere. — Charles Kennedy

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Politics means facing up to hard choices and facing down prejudice, short-termism, the easy, tempting court of knee-jerk public reaction. — Charles Kennedy

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We believe that government in Britain is there to protect people from terrorism and from the worst criminality, but never at the expense of our civil liberties and the basic tenets of our legal system. — Charles Kennedy

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I am genuinely not an over-the-top kind of person about politics or anything else. — Charles Kennedy

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Decentralisation is controversial - but that's fine. We should be fearless about having a debate. — Charles Kennedy

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New Labour needs to realise that family life and the way we raise our children are private matters. — Charles Kennedy

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I will go out of this world feet first with my Lib Dem membership card in my pocket. — Charles Kennedy

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Befriending provides a valuable lifeline to many people who feel isolated in their communities often as a result of ill health or poverty. I would like to thank all those who volunteer as befrienders and I hope that your numbers will increase in coming years. Your kindness and hard work is, I know, very much appreciated by those you help. — Charles Kennedy

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As a Scot, representing a Scottish constituency for almost the past 25 years, I do not harbour an overweening ambition to pronounce on each and every matter exclusively English. — Charles Kennedy

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By common consent, most European countries support the maintenance of robust welfare states and are comfortable with taxation systems that support them. — Charles Kennedy

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Three simple words - freedom, justice and honesty. These sum up what the Liberal Democrats stand for. — Charles Kennedy

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I think that former leaders are best seen occasionally and not too often heard - particularly on the subject of their successors! — Charles Kennedy

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Professionally I would say taking up my constituents' problems is something I continue to enjoy after 22 years as an MP. — Charles Kennedy

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Politics is much too serious to be taken too seriously; equally, there are many aspects of it so laughable as to be lamentable. — Charles Kennedy

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In my view, nations together are stronger than when they are isolated. And because they are stronger, their people are more free, not less. — Charles Kennedy

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In my view, as a country we need to rediscover some of that skepticism about government and revisit that libertarian agenda. — Charles Kennedy

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There are hard choices to be made in balancing the country's security and an individual's liberties. But it is a choice that has to be faced. — Charles Kennedy

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Only the Liberal Democrats have probed the government's failings consistently, thoroughly and effectively. — Charles Kennedy

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Public perception of the Westminster arena, with all its posturings, does little to engender a sense of voter belief. — Charles Kennedy

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Paddy Ashdown is the only party leader who's a trained killer. Although, to be fair, Mrs Thatcher was self taught. — Charles Kennedy

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The government's instinct is to shroud itself in secrecy - to act like the office of a president instead of as a collective cabinet government held to account by the elected House of Commons. — Charles Kennedy

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Further Education should be about the ability to learn, not the ability to pay - everyone who is able should have the opportunity, regardless of their family background. I don't want to see students struggling with huge debts or frightened off even going to university in the first place. — Charles Kennedy

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When I started knocking on Highland doors in May 1983, two things struck me more than any other. First was the sheer depth of hostility towards the Tories in general. Second was the particular hostility towards Margaret Thatcher and her local ministerial spear-carrier, energy minister and incumbent MP of 13 years' standing, Hamish Gray. — Charles Kennedy

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I believe that access to a university education should be based on the ability to learn, not what people can afford. I think there is no more nauseating a sight than politicians pulling up the ladder of opportunity behind them. — Charles Kennedy

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When human rights are systematically abused, it raises the question whether it may be legitimate in some circumstances for the international community to intervene within individual states as well as in conflicts between states. — Charles Kennedy

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To involve young people and make sure that the system is more relevant to them in Scotland, we have a clear obligation to implement a policy of home rule. — Charles Kennedy

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You mustn't confuse the need for effective chairmanship, which is part of the job of the boss, along with the ability to take tough decisions and to lead people. — Charles Kennedy

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Many people want to scale back their working hours as they near the end of their careers, but not necessarily to give up work altogether. — Charles Kennedy

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The growing influence of focus groups means we are all in danger of being excessively cowed by their feedback. — Charles Kennedy

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There is no satisfaction to be derived from having had many of our arguments borne out by events. — Charles Kennedy

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I think you've got to like people. There are MPs who are either painfully shy or who don't like public speaking or don't socialise very well, and you just think this must be the worst job in the world for them. — Charles Kennedy

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The way to defeat international terrorism is through international cooperation based on international law, clear intelligence, and a measured and appropriate military response. — Charles Kennedy

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'Federalism', in the context of political and media usage in Britain, has come to mean the creation and imposition of a European superstate, one centralised in Brussels. — Charles Kennedy

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I have never once been persuaded as to the causal link between the Iraqi regime, al-Qaeda and September 11. I do believe the impact of war under these circumstances is bound to weaken the international coalition against terrorism itself ... — Charles Kennedy

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I should do something about the cigarettes; I quite accept that it's bad for your health, but you know a moderate tipple is positively beneficial and, at certain times, absolutely essential. — Charles Kennedy

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We have a Scottish Parliament and National Assembly for Wales, both elected by fairer votes - involving proportional representation. — Charles Kennedy

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Gratification and happiness are becoming important measures of our quality of life. — Charles Kennedy

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We would all rather see Iraq resolved successfully. — Charles Kennedy

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It is my determination that we, as a party, continue to make that fundamental restatement of liberal values in the politics of our country. — Charles Kennedy

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A society which is liberal democratic cannot have public policy determined upon the basis of who has got the loudest voice - or who can brings things to a halt. — Charles Kennedy

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As someone who has led his party through two general elections, I have not always been immune from feeling the pressure of electioneering tactics. — Charles Kennedy

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We all accept the world would be safer without Saddam's baleful dictatorship. — Charles Kennedy

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My favourite novel is Frederick Forsythe's Day Of The Jackal, the story about the unproven case of this apparent Englishman who was hired to assassinate De Gaulle.... — Charles Kennedy

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We Liberal Democrats believe in dialogue. We believe in cooperation with both sides of industry and between both sides of industry. And we believe in the language of cooperation. We reject the language of confrontation. — Charles Kennedy

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I'm a fully paid-up member of the human race. — Charles Kennedy

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There is always a temptation for governments: see a problem and announce a quick fix. — Charles Kennedy

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Labour politicians for generations have fought to bring democracy to the House of Lords. — Charles Kennedy

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Taking a principled and consistent stance over Iraq has attracted much criticism from our detractors and opponents. — Charles Kennedy

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If British troops are committed to action, then the nation will, of course, support them. Their courage and skill is not in doubt. — Charles Kennedy

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Westminster is a jungle - and the hunter can always smell fear on its prey. — Charles Kennedy

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A perennial problem that has faced the Scottish Highlands is that, time and again, too many of the more talented young people have had to move elsewhere - even abroad - through a lack of opportunities that should have been available. — Charles Kennedy

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Music and politics are in essence about communication. Without over-stretching the analogy I do feel a sense of rhythm is important in getting your message across. — Charles Kennedy

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The House of Lords has many fine aspects, but at its heart, it is a betrayal of the core democratic principle that those in the enlightened world hold so dear - that those who make the laws of the land should be elected by those who must obey those laws. — Charles Kennedy

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Courage is a peculiar kind of fear. — Charles Kennedy

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It has been the greatest privilege of my adult and public life to have served, for 32 years, as the Member of Parliament for our local Highlands and Islands communities. — Charles Kennedy

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I know from my own parents how important active older people are to a local community. — Charles Kennedy

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I did not dwell on the issue of Europe during either the 2001 or the 2005 campaigns - despite it being a pivotal personal concern and despite seeing it as something of a litmus test for liberal democracy. — Charles Kennedy

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Terror can never be defeated by force alone. — Charles Kennedy

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During my campaign, people of my age and younger said consistently that they would not vote because their votes simply no longer matter and because no government or member of Parliament cared a whit about their problems and their striving for employment. — Charles Kennedy

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Ours is a stable country. Ours is a sensible country. And ours is a fundamentally decent country. — Charles Kennedy

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We want a strong, vibrant economy for Britain so that we can set out a clear and affordable alternative programme for government. — Charles Kennedy

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The quicker we get rid of the lobby system the better for all of us. I don't think in this day and age it is tenable to have these nods and winks, and on-the-record and off-the-record briefings. — Charles Kennedy

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Speaking to numerous teachers and nurses, I am consistently struck by the sense of mission they have about their work. — Charles Kennedy

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My health is good and it's up to me to keep it that way. — Charles Kennedy

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The most special relationships, in my experience, are based on a combination of trust and mutual respect. — Charles Kennedy

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As Liberal Democrats and proponents of federalism, we must put our heads above the parapet and recapture and disseminate the true meaning of federalism. We have to win the vocabulary before we succeed in the vision. — Charles Kennedy

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We Liberal Democrats don't believe we should use the tax structure to champion just one type of family. — Charles Kennedy

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With 24-hour news ... the story moves on with the media. — Charles Kennedy

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I find no contradiction between being a Highlander, a Scot, a citizen of the U.K. and a citizen of the European Union at one and the same time. — Charles Kennedy

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For any new leader of any party at any given time it takes time if you are not in government to establish yourself. — Charles Kennedy

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I believe when the country feels threatened it is important that we are seen to be working together to find an appropriate structure for dealing with terrorists in our midst. — Charles Kennedy

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There stands no contradiction between giving voice to legitimate anxiety and at the same time, as and when exchange of fire commences, looking to the rest of the country, as well as all of us in the House, to give full moral support to our forces. — Charles Kennedy

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I'm a lifelong believer in trade unionism. — Charles Kennedy

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Politicians are good at saying how Government must do more, but we must also think carefully about where Government should do less. — Charles Kennedy

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To be seen to be human, provided you're doing your job at the same time, is definitely not a negative, not at all. — Charles Kennedy

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I don't want a headline saying 'Kennedy suggests this or implies that.' — Charles Kennedy

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It's our job as Liberal Democrats to be an effective opposition - and an increasingly tough one as well. — Charles Kennedy

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To run an effective political party you need a degree of tribalism, it's the glue that holds everyone together. — Charles Kennedy

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The point never to lose sight of is to be guided by the correct thing, as you see it. It's the only way to approach such profound matters and retain your integrity. — Charles Kennedy

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Liberals have been committed to the principles of human rights, international stability, and international justice. They have also sought international solutions to those problems which have demanded collective attention. — Charles Kennedy

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Tony Blair took us to war in Iraq on the basis of the supposed threat of Saddam's weapons of mass destruction. — Charles Kennedy

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No government body is more notorious for over-legislation than the Department of Trade and Industry. — Charles Kennedy

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Quality of life actually begins at home - it's in your street, around your community. — Charles Kennedy

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Whatever the eventual judgment, the political implications of Hutton are already clear. A devastating indictment of Labour in power - and of our political system itself. — Charles Kennedy

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A smaller-size party and parliamentary membership does not necessarily equate to lesser demands; if anything, the opposite can be the case. — Charles Kennedy

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My approach is always to try to be straight with people, especially about what my party can achieve. — Charles Kennedy

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I listened to the students on campus in Plymouth, worried about their steadily deepening debts and how on earth they would ever escape them. — Charles Kennedy

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It would be a tragedy if the remarkable international coalition against terrorism, successfully marshalled in the aftermath of 11 September, were to fragment over a unilateral U.S. strike against Baghdad. — Charles Kennedy

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When power is exercised exclusively at the centre, the result is rigidity of rules and alienation of the people subject to those rules. — Charles Kennedy

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I want our party to step up its efforts to reflect and champion the concerns of everybody who has reached the second half of their lives. — Charles Kennedy

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Some ministers are fond of talking about a return to Victorian values. We must realise that those Victorian values are being expressed by some of the younger people in this society in shameful and disturbing disregard for other members of their generation who are not as fortunate as they are in having a job. — Charles Kennedy

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I'm not someone who dwells upon past events, taking the view that life is too short. — Charles Kennedy

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It is true that I entered parliament at the age of 23, and have now been representing the people of my constituency for over twenty years. — Charles Kennedy

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We are no longer a nation of one church; we are a nation of many churches. — Charles Kennedy

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I do think there is a great deal of caricature around the House of Commons. It is just that kind of place. — Charles Kennedy