Gordon Brown quotes

  • I believe there is a moral sense and a global ethic that commands attention from people of every religion and every faith, and people of no faith. But I think what's new is that we now have the capacity to communicate instantaneously across frontiers right across the world.
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Believe #Thinking #People

  • To be a teacher you must be a prophet - because you are trying to prepare people for a world thirty to fifty years into the future.
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Teacher #Teaching #Learning

  • Each year India and China produce four million graduates compared with just over 250,000 in Britain.
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Graduation #Years #India

  • No one should be held back from realising their potential by fears that they will not be able to afford to go to university or that they will graduate with unmanageable levels of debt.
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Education #Money #Debt

  • We are being tough in saying it is a duty on the unemployed in future not only to be available for work - and not to shirk work - but also to get the skills for work. That is a new duty we are introducing.
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Skills #Tough #Introducing

  • We must then build a proper relationship between the richest and the poorest countries based on our desire that they are able to fend for themselves with the investment that is necessary in their agriculture, so that Africa is not a net importer of food, but an exporter of food.
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Country #Agriculture #Desire

  • I admired and valued Robin as a colleague and friend and as one of the greatest parliamentarians of our time. His wife Gaynor and his two sons are in our thoughts and prayers.
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Prayer #Son #Two

  • The doubling of oil prices ... is creating a more difficult environment in which to act.
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Oil #Creating #Environmental

  • Our mission is, in truth, historic and world changing - to build, over the next fifty years and beyond, a global low carbon economy. And it is not overdramatic to say that the character and course of the coming century will be set by how we measure up to this challenge
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Character #Years #Challenges

  • Once government's objectives were economic growth and social cohesion. Now they are prosperity, fairness and environmental care
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Government #Growth #Environmental

  • This is a Budget for Britain's future to secure fairness for each child and invest in every child
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Children #Fairness #Britain

  • Think for a moment: what is the British equivalent of the U.S. Fourth of July, or even the French 14th of July for that matter?
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Thinking #July #Matter

  • You need in the long run for stability, for economic growth, for jobs, as well as for financial stability, global economic institutions that make sure that growth to be sustained has to be shared, and are built on the principle that the prosperity of this world is indivisible.
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Running #Jobs #Organization

  • The place of cycling in our society is set to grow, and I am committed to doing everything possible to encourage that.
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Cycling #Our Society #Committed

  • We've got to be explicit that the road to greater economic success does not lie in this cosy assumption that you can move from a single market through a single currency to harmonising all your taxes and then having a federal fiscal policy and then effectively having a federal State.
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Lying #Moving #Europe

  • Our new economic approach is rooted in ideas which stress the importance of macro-economics, post neo-classical endogenous growth theory and the symbiotic relationships between growth and investment, and people and infrastructure.
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Stress #Ideas #People

  • The House has noticed the Prime Minister's remarkable transformation in the past few weeks, from Stalin to Mr. Bean.
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Past #House #Transformation

  • The next election will be a flyweight versus a heavyweight. However much the right hon. Gentleman (David Cameron) may dance around the ring beforehand, at some point, he will come within the reach of a big clunking fist.
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Heavyweights #Gentleman #Fists

  • There is nothing that you could say to me now that I could ever believe.
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Believe

  • I take full responsibility for what happened. That's why the person who was responsible went immediately.
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Responsibility #Responsible #Persons

  • 56,000 companies have already benefited from the schemes that we have brought in. If we have taken the advice of the Conservative Party, no money would have been used. As Barack Obama said only yesterday, doing nothing is not an option.
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Party #Taken #Yesterday

  • Good strong banks are essential for every family and for every business in the country and extraordinary times call for the bold and far-reaching solutions that the Treasury has announced today.
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Country #Strong #Essentials

  • What has become clear is that Britain cannot trust the Conservatives to run the economy. Everyone knows that I'm all in favour of apprenticeships, but let me tell you this is no time for a novice.
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Running #Novices #Favour

  • On this day I remember words that have stayed with me since my childhood and which matter a great deal to me today, my school motto: "I will try my outmost". This is my promise to all of the people of Britain and now let the work of change begin.
    -- Gordon Brown

    #School #People #Childhood

  • I have just accepted the invitation of Her Majesty The Queen to form a Government. This will be a new Government with new priorities and I have been privileged to have been granted the great opportunity to serve my country and at all times I will be strong in purpose, steadfast in will, resolute in action in the service of what matters to the British people, meeting the concerns and aspirations of our whole country.
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Country #Strong #Queens

  • We are entering an era in which national government, instead of directing, enables powerful regional and local initiatives to work, where Britain becomes as it should be - a Britain of nations and regions
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Powerful #Government #Eras

  • So another challenge for our generation is to create global institutions that reflect our ideas of fairness and responsibility, not the ideas that were the basis of the last stage of financial development over these recent years.
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Responsibility #Years #Ideas

  • ...in just 25 years the glaciers in the Himalayas which provide water for three-quarters of a billion people could disappear entirely.
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Years #Water #People

  • Britain and Pakistan will jointly fight the menace of terrorism .. Both the countries are facing a common threat of terrorism and we know that Pakistan is even more committed to fighting this menace
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Country #Fighting #Pakistan

  • I think we should do better next week, better the week after, and better right throughout the course of our government. Sometimes in parties these things happen, but it is not acceptable and I do believe that what people now want to do is to debate the future - about policy - and I think the issues about what Tony Blair will or will not do are going to be left to Tony Blair
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Party #Believe #Thinking

  • The vision of personalised public services - meeting the individual needs of all our citizens - requires continuing reform in the way services are delivered
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Vision #Way #Reform

  • There is a golden thread which runs through British history of the individual, standing firm against tyranny and then of the individual participating in his society
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Running #Golden #Economics

  • I think that's a bit unfair. I'm a father with a 2-year-old child and I feel pretty young, actually.
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Children #Father #Thinking

  • ...the world needs to face up to the challenge of climate change, and to do so now. It is clear that climate change poses an urgent challenge, not only a challenge that threatens the environment but also international peace and security, prosperity and development. And as the Stern report showed, the economic effects of climate change on this scale cannot be ignored, but the costs can be limited if we act early
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Challenges #Climate #Needs

  • When the strong help the weak, it makes us all stronger
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Love #Family #Happiness

  • I'm a father; that's what matters most. Nothing matters more.
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Father #What Matters #Matter

  • In the weeks and months ahead, my task is to show I have the new ideas, the vision and the experience to earn the trust of the British people.
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Ideas #People #Vision

  • What is gained by debt relief and aid can be lost if we don't get a proper trade agreement in Hong Kong,
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Agreement #Relief #Debt

  • In 2005 we have a once in a generation opportunity to deliver a modern Marshall plan for the developing world.
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Opportunity #Generations #World

  • I'm a great supporter of the European Union. I didn't support entry to the Euro, not because I'm against it in principle but because I didn't think it was economically right for Britain. But that doesn't make me any less pro-European.
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Thinking #Support #Unions

  • Britain should be the world's number one center for genetic and stem cell research, building on our world leading regulatory regime in the area.
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Cells #Numbers #Our World

  • America knows it has got to deal with its deficit problems so that it, too, can promise it is making its proper and best contributions to the world economy.
    -- Gordon Brown

    #America #Promise #World

  • Take, therefore, what modern technology is capable of: the power of our moral sense allied to the power of communications and our ability to organize internationally. That, in my view, gives us the first opportunity as a community to fundamentally change the world.
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Communication #Technology #Opportunity

  • Britain can be proud of its response to the tsunami appeal.
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Proud #Britain #Appeals

  • I did maths for a year at university. I don't think I was very good at it. And some people would say it shows.
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Math #Thinking #Years

  • We can find common qualities and common values that have made Britain the country it is. Our belief in tolerance and liberty which shines through British history. Our commitment to fairness, fair play and civic duty.
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Country #Commitment #Play

  • I will listen and I will learn. I will strive to meet people's aspirations. I want to lead a government humble enough to know its place - where I will always strive to be - and that is on people's side.
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Humble #Government #People

  • If our economies are to flourish, if global poverty is to be banished, and if the well-being of the world's people enhanced - not just in this generation but in succeeding generations - we must make sure we take care of the natural environment and resources on which our economic activity depends
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Future #People #Vision

  • It is time to train British workers for the British jobs that will be available over the coming few years and to make sure that people who are inactive and unemployed are able to get the new jobs on offer in our country.
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Country #Jobs #Years

  • Jubilee 2000 is a broad coalition which has moved the earth.
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Jubilee #Earth #Broads

  • I hope the Spice Girls will come back, although it may be beyond even Bob Geldof to get that to happen.
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Girl #Spices #May

  • Pop Idol, X Factor, Fame Academy, there's so much talent out there. It's great to see people getting the chance to show their potential
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Idols #People #Chance

  • My first rule - the golden rule - ensures that over the economic cycle the Government will borrow only to invest, and that current spending will be met from taxation.
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Government #Taxation #Golden

  • I said that this would be a Budget based on prudence for a purpose and that guides us also in our approach to public spending.
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Would Be #Purpose #Guides

  • Under this Government, Britain will not return to the boom and bust of the past.
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Past #Government #Return

  • Politics seems much less important today. When you see your young daughter smiling as she was, and moving around, it's a superb feeling.
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Daughter #Moving #Feelings

  • I understand that in the UK there have already been 10,000 complaints from viewers about these remarks, which people see, rightly, as offensive. I want Britain to be seen as a country of fairness and tolerance. Anything detracting from this I condemn.
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Country #People #Tolerance

  • David Blunkett and I both take the same view that it is scandalous that someone from North Tyneside, Laura Spence, with the best qualifications and who wants to be a doctor, should be turned down by Oxford University using an interview system more reminiscent of the old school network and the old school tie than justice. It is about time for an end to that old Britain where what matters more are the privileges you are born with, rather than the potential you actually have.
    -- Gordon Brown

    #Old School #Oxford #Ties

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