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In quotes: Jack McConnell's career
Jack McConnell

Former first minister Jack McConnell has stepped down as Scottish Labour leader after more than five years in the job.

Here is a selection of Mr McConnell's quotes during his career at the top of Scotland's political tree.

ON HIS VISION FOR SCOTLAND

We in Scotland will not be all that we can unless we lift our eyes to the horizon and look beyond our own set of circumstances.

ON THE DOOMED SCOTLAND COACH

It is very important that Berti Vogts is given that time and opportunity to test the players he has available.

ON THE ECONOMY

We will not grow the Scottish economy if we are continually negative and pessimistic.

ON HIS PARTY'S AIMS

Labour's priorities are the people's priorities.

ON SECTARIANISM

To eliminate sectarianism everyone must accept that this is not harmless banter - this is mindless violence and a culture of shame.

ON THE HOLYROOD COST FIASCO

I think the rising cost of the Scottish Parliament building has probably been the single biggest disappointment in devolution.

ON THE BIRTH OF DEVOLUTION

I think what was wrong with the first couple of years of the parliament was there was far too much digression into issues that were not seen to be mainstream.

ON ACCOUNTABILITY

Government ministers are well paid. They should be put under scrutiny, asked difficult questions, and the system should encourage that rather than work against it.

ON CHANGING SOCIETY

People are impatient for change and I am too.

ON HIS EXTRA-MARITAL AFFAIR

There will be couples out there and families out there who have secrets that nobody will ever know and who've maybe worked them out.

ON THE D-DAY U-TURN DECISION

When I get it wrong and can take the chance to correct that decision, I am happy to do so.

ON THE VILLAGATE CONTROVERSY

I think it would be a very, very sad day if politicians or broadcasters dropped their friends, dropped families that they were closely associated with just simply because of their positions.

ON RESPONSIBLE DRINKING

By all means get drunk once in a while - but do not get into a situation where people are being encouraged to get completely incapable just to save some money and drink more quickly.

ON HIS POLITICAL ROOTS

My reason for being in politics is all about Scotland and its future. It is no secret that, as a teenager, I thought that the political creed of nationalism might offer that future. I also believed in Santa Claus.



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