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Neil Kinnock

Data de nascimento: 28. Março 1942


Neil Gordon Kinnock, Baron Kinnock, is a British Labour Party politician. He served as a Member of Parliament from 1970 until 1995, first for Bedwellty and then for Islwyn. He was the Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition from 1983 until 1992.

Kinnock led the Labour Party to a surprise fourth consecutive defeat at the 1992 general election, despite the party being ahead in most opinion polls; which had predicted either a narrow Labour victory or a hung parliament. Afterwards, he resigned as Leader of the Labour Party after nine years. He resigned from the House of Commons in 1995 to become a European Commissioner. He went on to become the Vice-President of the European Commission under Romano Prodi from 1999-2004. Until the summer of 2009, he was also the Chairman of the British Council and the President of Cardiff University.

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„If Margaret Thatcher wins on Thursday, I warn you not to be ordinary. I warn you not to be young. I warn you not to fall ill. And I warn you not to grow old.“

—  Neil Kinnock
Context: If Margaret Thatcher is re-elected as prime minister on Thursday, I warn you. I warn you that you will have pain – when healing and relief depend upon payment. I warn you that you will have ignorance – when talents are untended and wits are wasted, when learning is a privilege and not a right. I warn you that you will have poverty – when pensions slip and benefits are whittled away by a government that won’t pay in an economy that can't pay. I warn you that you will be cold – when fuel charges are used as a tax system that the rich don't notice and the poor can't afford.I warn you that you must not expect work – when many cannot spend, more will not be able to earn. When they don't earn, they don't spend. When they don't spend, work dies. I warn you not to go into the streets alone after dark or into the streets in large crowds of protest in the light. I warn you that you will be quiet – when the curfew of fear and the gibbet of unemployment make you obedient. I warn you that you will have defence of a sort – with a risk and at a price that passes all understanding. I warn you that you will be home-bound – when fares and transport bills kill leisure and lock you up. I warn you that you will borrow less – when credit, loans, mortgages and easy payments are refused to people on your melting income.If Margaret Thatcher wins on Thursday, I warn you not to be ordinary. I warn you not to be young. I warn you not to fall ill. And I warn you not to grow old. Robert Harris, "The Making of Neil Kinnock" (Faber and Faber, 1984), page 208. Speech in Bridgend, Glamorgan, on Tuesday 7 June 1983. Thursday 9 June 1983 was polling day in the general election.

„Never mistake the enthusiasm of the minority for the support of the majority.“

—  Neil Kinnock
Harriet Harman, " A Woman's Work" (Penguin Books, 2017).


„Oh I detest him. I did then, I do now, and it's mutual. He hates me as well. And I'd much prefer to have his savage hatred than even the merest hint of friendship from that man.“

—  Neil Kinnock
Comments on Arthur Scargill, leader of the National Union of Mineworkers during the 1984-1985 strike. BBC Press Office - Kinnock detests Scargill (27 February 2004).

„We must not look for some kind of Messiah.“

—  Neil Kinnock
Robert Harris, "The Making of Neil Kinnock" (Faber and Faber, 1984), pages 157-8. Explaining to the Bedwellty Constituency Labour Party why he would not vote for Tony Benn in the election for deputy leader (June 19, 1981).

„Heckler: At least Mrs Thatcher has got guts.
Neil Kinnock: It's a pity that other people had to leave theirs on the ground at Goose Green to prove it.“

—  Neil Kinnock
Daily Telegraph 7 June, 1983. On TVS television's programme "The South decides" during the 1983 general election campaign. Kinnock was forced to write letters to the families of the war dead to apologise.


„Those who have the immense dishonesty to fight with a ballot box in one hand and a rifle in the other have no place in democratic politics.“

—  Neil Kinnock
On the Provisional IRA; speech in the House of Commons (23 October 1986), reported in Hansard, 6th series, vol. 102, col. 1287.


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