Turning away Turkey from the EU would be a great, long-term - a century-long - error by Europe.
— William Hague
I know people are fickle.
I don't think my principles change. I think the way in which you apply those principles to modern society changes.
Someone once claimed I was not really a Yorkshireman!
As far as I'm aware, everybody in the shadow cabinet accepts that there's a compelling case on climate change and a strong scientific case.
You can gain in your effectiveness as a politician from a wide acquaintance with the world and from a degree of independence that having some outside interests gives.
I believe we should reframe our response to climate change as an imperative for growth rather than merely being a way of being green or meeting environmental commitments.
People feel that in too many ways the EU is something that is done to them, not something over which they have a say.
You do have to do business with and to try to influence people you don't agree with, or find disagreeable, so it's important to stress that balance.
If some of the people who write about mojo came with me for a week, they would drop dead on their feet.
It's necessary for Israelis and Palestinians to make the compromises that are required to get the direct talks back on track.
The EU should be concentrated on adapting to globalisation and global competitiveness, not building more powerful centralised institutions in Brussels.
In my view what you can't argue for is a system that is neither decisive nor proportional and can be indecisive and disproportionate at the same time.
The British retreat is over and now the advance will begin.
Very few conflicts in the history of the world have been satisfactorily concluded according to a published timetable, because you lose all flexibility in dealing with your opponents.
The war in Iraq, clearly has not turned out in the way that was hoped.
Obviously a Conservative government will always leave taxes lower than they have been under Labour. Those things go with the territory of the Conservative Party.
The world is not going into concentric blocs of power. It is actually going into a diffusion of power with more centres of decision-making than ever in human civilisation. That requires you to place yourself in far more hubs of power than ever before.
Yes, I've never inherited a penny!
I have found that I get a better reaction from people once I am less bothered about their reaction.
The Bill of Rights was intended to secure freedom of speech - the freedom of speech of members of parliament to speak freely rather than be at threat of... the threat of an over powerful monarch at the time.
Whatever happens in Mogadishu, in Somalia, will happen in Great Britain. We have interlocking interests.
Iran's continued, widespread persecution of ethnic minorities, human rights defenders and political prisoners is a disgrace and stands as a shameful indictment of Iran's leaders.
We hope that the long darkness through which the Burmese people have lived may now be coming to an end.
It must be quite rare for an interviewer to be interviewed.
I have always thought that foreign-policy idealism has to be tempered with realism.
I've always been opposed myself to prisoners having the vote.
Egypt is a sovereign nation.
Britain does not normally these days play a huge part in peacekeeping.
The total economy of Latin America is bigger than China.
There's only one growth strategy: work hard.
I think the way things have been left after Iraq is that people won't believe the Government of the day, so they have to know that lessons have been learnt and that all political parties and people, whether they were for or against the invasion of Iraq, have learnt lessons.
When you reduce taxes on higher earners it's vital to be reducing them on lower earning people as well so the nation shares in the approach.
The EU is not a country and it's not going to become a country, in my view, now or ever in the future. It is a group of countries working together.
I described the euro as a burning building with no exits and so it has proved for some of the countries in it.
Well, if you're looking for me to lead a normal representative life, well good luck finding a foreign secretary who'd be like that - totally dependant on the political system and has never earned any money. Then you'll get the politicians you deserve.
Ambition is best tempered with self-knowledge!
There is no budget for travel for a Shadow Foreign Secretary.
For the security of the UK, it matters a lot for Somalia to become a more stable place.
The low carbon economy is at the leading edge of a structural shift now taking place globally.
People feel that the EU is a one-way process, a great machine that sucks up decision-making from national parliaments to the European level until everything is decided by the EU. That needs to change.
I don't deny that there are problems in the intelligence world, but I would argue that in the UK we try to uphold the highest standards in the world.
Where defining foreign policy as 'ethical' went wrong was that it implied that all decisions would be exclusive in every respect of any dealings with unethical regimes.
It's really necessary for the United States to continue to give strong leadership to the Middle East peace process, supported by European countries at the same time.
It's not too late to stop the Lisbon Treaty.
I don't think a wise thing at this moment is for Israel to launch a military attack on Iran.
The message I take all round the world is Britain is open for business.
I still agree with the invasion of Iraq. I don't agree with most of the decisions that accompanied it.
You can see over time whether people are prepared to differ or not.
One day I will go back to my books and piano, but not yet.