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 Sunday, 5 January, 2003, 15:18 GMT
Roy Jenkins' quotes
A meeting of the Council for Social Democracy in Bath in 1986
The 'Gang of Four' five years after forming the SDP
Lord Jenkins, who died on Sunday aged 82, demonstrated a brilliant mind as a politician and author. BBC News Online lists some of his memorable quotations.

"A substantial extension of public ownership is an essential pre-requisite of greater equality of earned income" - 1952

"The permissive society has been allowed to become a dirty phrase. A better phrase is the civilised society" - 1969

"I am sure Mr Heath thinks he is honest but I wish he didn't have to have his friends say it so often" - 1970

"We must not expect a full-scale peaceful revolution every time a Labour Government is elected" - 1970

Lord Jenkins with wife Jennifer outside 11 Downing Street
Lord Jenkins presents his budget in 1970
"A social democratic party without deep roots in the working class movement would quickly fade into an unrepresentative intellectual sect" - 1972

"The Labour Party is and always has been an instinctive part of my life" - 1973

"There is a lot of talk about a centre party - and that I might lead it. I find this idea profoundly unattractive" - 1973

"There are always great dangers in letting the best be the enemy of the good" - 1975

"Each successive Labour Government has been the most rapacious, doctrinaire and unpatriotic conspiracy to be seen this side of the Iron Curtain" - 1979

"The politics of the left and centre of this country are frozen in an out-of-date mould which is bad for the political and economic health of Britain and increasingly inhibiting for those who live within the mould. Can it be broken?" - 1980

"The fact is that Harold Wilson is a person no one can like, a person without friends" - 1981

"The great disadvantage of our present electoral system is that it freezes the pattern of politics, and holds together the incompatible because everyone assumes that if a party splits it will be electorally slaughtered" - 1982


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